Step Into the Drawing Room

Well hey there you old goat!

You wouldn’t believe the delightful happenings here in D-town. We just hosted the infamous Secret Society Parade. I went down to get my fill and as usual was asked for 7 passwords, 14 different handshakes and had to wear an apron, a cloak and 2 masks atop one another. It was so much fun! I saw the Ye Olde Gentlemen of Verona*, had cocktails with the Ladies of Nightshade* and of course flashed the secret symbol to the Order of the Hapless Badgers*.

What else has been happening? Oh! Mr. McCluckin’ and I decided that drawing was of the utmost priority this year. So instead of renewing our education in CPR we attended a drawing lesson. It was so enlightening. Our artist teacher (tartist? areacher?…no I think the term is drawing sensei) gave a run down of basics. We learned to break images into parts and draw the general underlying shapes first. Sensei taught us the basic composition of the human face and body. There was a brief chat about shading and pen choice. It was rather fascinating. Then we broke into simply drawing shapes that came to mind, such as rabbits and broccoli farts. We soon learned that the more abstract the idea, the harder to convey in line…usually. I can honestly say it was incredibly thrilling to draw things that actually look like things (ah, my eloquence is remarkable). My favorite subject is architecture or maybe robots. The best option would be architecture that could turn into robots!

Mr. McCluckin’ wants to practice the ancient art form of Sketchnoting. He hopes to bring this meditative practice to his work environment which is rather stressful (have I told you he works at the MMMC (Mutant Monster Monitoring Center)?). Using this note taking method he could describe threat levels as graphics during meetings. Or maybe when they do have a giant lizard incoming he could demonstrate the anticipated destruction with just pen and paper. This is surely going to revolutionize his workplace!

So that’s the craftiness I’ve been up to. For now, I must remove myself from the cyber world and venture forth into the mysterious land of the library. Speaking of libraries, have you visited my other web presence Under Library Arrest? It’s a hootenanny if I do say so myself.

Well have yourself a merry little hissy fit! So long chums!


Henny Penny

*Readers that chose to partake of these secretive words take their own lives into their eyeballs. Unless of course, you presented the required secret handshakes, tattoos and were wearing the appropriate number of masks upon viewing, then you are in the clear.

Photos Galore!

Mele Kilikimaka Lords and Ladies!

You simply would not believe the past two weeks of my life. First I had the stomach flu, which was ever so delightful…no wait I mean terrible. Then I tried my level best to get caught up at the office, only to realize the office doesn’t actually have a status of “caught up” merely “barely holding onto a scrap of sanity.” Of course I also had a lovely and dear friend come visit, Baron Fluffernutter. He’s such a sweetheart!

Now the house is empty of both friends, family and well-lit trees and I’ve managed to pull together a few photo albums for you. First up here’s a collage of all the projects I managed to take pictures of in 2012. It’s quite astounding how much I made. All year it felt like nothing, but now look there’s quite a few things to show for my efforts.


Next up, here’s a lovely album of Dino-Irish-Mite! from my recent travels abroad. I decided I simply couldn’t depart without a few wee plastic friends. Each day I took pictures of things that tickled me or were of significance to the trip. Before looking through these, it’s best that you fix yourself some strong black tea. You’ll need it to fully experience my Irish travels, because to be honest I was so¬†caffeinated¬†while in Ireland I can hardly remember a thing!

Lastly, all of the photos of humans and monuments were placed in this album. It’s a bit of an image dump right now, but I will soon find time to weed out the duplicates and add captions.

Well loveys, I must make my way to Slumbertown, I hear there’s a phenomenal band playing tonight. Jem and the Holograms? Yes I think that’s what they were called. Supposedly they are really excellent keytar players. Have a lovely night everyone and remember, if you find that your armchair is sticky there’s probably a child hiding near by waiting to smother you in jam. Either that or something has gone terribly awry in the life of your armchair and it may need an upholstery medic stat!

Tally ho!

Henny Penny