Flora, Fauna, and Food

Hot topics for the month of January, 2014.  Let’s start with the inspirations of Spring.

Anyone else have confused plants in their yard? Budding blooms for the middle of January?  My show-stopping Bougainvillea plant was frozen-wilt-brown-down to the branches, but my Bird of Paradise which is 12 feet away– has a new bloom.  It’s as if winter came with a Freeze Ray Gun, Jack Frost hit some things  and not others. Proof that life is not meant to be completely understood,  or that simple Luck carries a strong card, even in the face of winter.

Fauna.  In the News— it is THE Year of the Horse.  Very exciting.  Right in synch with the completed series of  illustrations for the publication of Heather Hamel’s new book “Kobi, Memoirs of a Mustang.”  Released this Sunday (today!), available for sale on Amazon.com.  It is in hard copy (softback) or as an e-book (the “e” is for easy, since it is written at Middle School reading level and Advanced Reading, AR,  for 4th-5th graders).  Rally here and share with me that  light-hearted-weight-off- the-shoulders-feeling which is associated with crossing one more thing off the personal bucket list.  Oh, and meeting a freelance deadline for illustrating a book (whew).  Search my “Drawing” section at this website to see the chapter pages as depicted for Heather’s book about an adopted Mustang.  Kobi-the-horse won awards in the Dressage ring.  Kobi-the-book  won the Palm Literary Award for unpublished Middle School level reading.  More awards are coming, now that it is in circulation.  I’m pleased to report that Heather also chose my artwork for her cover (see the Kobi book cover at the “Artwork-Paintings” section of this website.)   It’s all Kobi, cover to cover.  Since Heather and I also work together at an Elementary School, we will be launching our author/illustrator book talk and book signing at our school in two weeks.

Next topic, Food.  How to survive a flip-flop-eat-and-go-deadline-oriented schedule?  It’s not fast food, but slow food.  I have a few tips on how to survive a wicked schedule.  Eat right.  Exercise, at least a little.  Your body will thank you, and your brain will thank you too. I cook one day a week and make it all from scratch.  Package it in bundles for lunch at work, and freezer packs for evening quick-meals.  Be a localvore and buy organic at the Farmer’s Market.  Support your local restaurant which bakes its own bread and buys from local farms.  Eat grass-fed beef, buy GreenWise chicken.  Leave the boxed foods on the shelf at the grocery store, well…unless it’s Black Jewell popcorn.   Why do I share this?  Survival under stress.  On January 7th, I enrolled at Flagler College for a Bachelor’s in Science Program with a Grant Writing component.  Some people adopt kids or horses. Well, I’m adopting an education. It’s just as big a time eater.  The schedule is not for the weak-kneed.  I will graduate in the Spring of 2016.   Most of my friends know that while college is in-session, the art projects will be sporadic and connections for play-dates a little bit loose.

The most exciting new art project is in connection with Whitney Lab.  They are building a Sea Turtle Rehab Hospital.  It’s annexed to Marineland.  I have been invited to draw some things to help launch their education outreach program.  I’m working with scientists who have kept in touch with me over the last couple years.  I  can honestly say that I would always prefer to work with these locally-minded-kind-outdoor-scholars than ever launch into the big time.  A sense of community with art projects is paramount.

And go to the movies!  Watch this… http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/themonumentsmen-trailer/161603/2400475717  Be reminded that art is worth fighting for and defines who we are.  Yup, because George Clooney said so.

Until then.  Flora, Fauna, and Food.  Year of the Horse.  And thank you for the Birthday Money from California.  It will help with my student loan.  Cheers!

09. February 2014 by Jean Drayovitch
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