Our 3rd pencil sketching class was about drawing people. Length of the body is 8 heads. Shoulders are 3 heads wide for men and 2 for women. Hips are reversed. There’s one eye width between the eyes. I tried to follow the rules but my drawing has mistakes. It looks like a face, just not the face in the magazine we were copying. And the eyes are too big and too far apart. The nose is too close to the mouth. Hair lines isn’t right either. I could go on. But I did learn. Portraits are really the hardest thing because if they aren’t right, they’re really wrong. But for a first attempt, at least there are 2 eyes, 1 nose and a mouth.
Our next 3 sessions deal with using color in our art projects. We will do some watercolor and maybe colored pencils. I know it will just start my painting again.
ps WE’RE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!! GO SOX
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My focus is now is almost totally on the Red Sox so I haven’t been thinking about writing. And because I often tie my email to photos or special happenings, it can mean times of no inspiration. I could email a photo of me sitting in the pilot house glued to my computer following the Red Sox game, but that would only prove I’m alive. It would show you my very happy face and very sad face depending. But again, not so interesting.
I started this yesterday as I was following yesterday’s Sox/Toronto game. We’re behind right off the bat, hah hah, yuck. But I did calculate the Wildcard race and I think no matter what happens, the Sox will be in the playoffs. And Wildcard teams did win the Series 2002-2004. So you can see where my mind is, and that’s why I am being a less than stellar correspondent. During football season I’ll follow Alabama to support brother-in-law Ken Burger, GO ‘Bama!’ and also the Patriots because they are New England and my friend Bruce has season tickets. Go Pats! But my sport’s heart really belongs to the Red Sox. Having said that, the Celtics are looking to have a good year and who knows about the Bruins. Home town teams seem more important when you’re half-way around the world from them. And Mike Lowell just doubled and Ellsbury scored from second so it’s 2-1 with 2 outs. Blah, JD Drew was out, not earning his giant salary! Yankees, who were tied with Baltimore, just evened it. My stomach is starting to hurt. Games here are on in the morning since we are 12 hours ahead. Makes or ruins your whole day. (Sox lost again, but it doesn’t feel as bad as when they lose to the Yankees, who unfortunately won again. This looked like a letdown game after the Yankees series. Just have to wait out the season and see. I still have faith though, really! Right now the Sox are leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th. Yankees are going to win today. Sox have to win.)
But enough of that: if you’re Sox fans you know, and if you’re not, you are praying for the season to end so you won’t have to read me cheer them on.
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My friend Dorothy Nagle and I are taking a series of 3 drawing classes at the Subic Bay Art Institute and Gallery. Read my story here.
ps: While I was at art class my poor Sox BLEW the first game to the Yankees. I’m sort of in the dumps. I had to eat more cake and ice cream, but that really doesn’t help much. Only a win tomorrow will help. I’ll be up at 4am to follow it on the computer. GO SOX
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About a week ago we went to see the bats! I can’t remember if I have written about them. I lose track sometimes of what I have written to whom about what. We really haven’t seen much of this side of Subic, but maybe before we leave. Randal is just so very busy trying to get boat stuff done, but we will be here several more weeks. I guess this is why some cruisers go around the world twice! Catch the things you will invariably miss.
Our friend, boat surveyor/boat contractor Ray Wolfe took us in his jeep at dusk to see the bats as they began to wake and sing and fly loops around the trees. It is one of those things that you really had to be there to hear the sounds created by these hundreds if not thousands of fruitbats. There are over 10,000 fruitbats in the Subic area. I don’t think we saw all 10,000 or the fox or bamboo bats, but then I’m no bat expert like my friend Sharon Silcox. She would have known.
The photos are the best I could do with a point.
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Here is the last set of Manila photos. Hopefully I haven’t sent any of these already.
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September 1, 2007 5:08 pm
Randal and I are back from Manila. It was a rude awakening to the real difference between the "haves" and the "have nots." The poverty was so "in your face" you had to see it. There was no looking away because it was everywhere you looked.
My first thoughts of Manila were that I didn’t like it and wanted to hurry back to the boat and our little familiar part of the Philippines around Subic Bay. Too much visible poverty, homeless, unemployment and no possibility for change with the history and politics of the country. You couldn’t walk down the street without hawkers asking if you wanted to buy their trinkets. Could they take you on a tour, ride you around in their horse and carriage, help you find a taxi? All seemingly legitimate questions except when they come at you every step you take just walking along the bay or out to the restaurant down the street. If a simple "No." would have been accepted it would have been ok too. But no didn’t work. NO didn’t work either. NOOOOOOO!!!!!! almost worked so you just had to start ignoring them and keep walking. I felt rude to just ignore people, but any eye contact and they badgered you for 20 feet down the street. I think I took it more seriously because these people are poor and I’m not. It made me dislike Manila. At first anyway. But that was Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday we decided not to leave Friday as we had tentatively planned, but rather stay and leave on Saturday. Friday night I was sorry we were leaving Manila so soon. What changed my mind? Familiarity. I know it is supposed to breed contempt, but in this case it created a comfort level that made me want to stay and do more exploring. But boat chores called us back to Subic and so we are here on Doramac and I miss Manila.
There is a horrid level of poverty there but no sense of gloom and doom. Perhaps if there were something would change. But life seems to go on, even for all of the families we see sleeping on the street. Many families are broken up with husbands or wives forced to leave the Philippines to go overseas to work. A statue on the Bay Walk celebrates this "sacrifice" for the Philippines. Andy, who drives a car cab here in Subic, has a wife in London who works as a care giver. Andy cares for his children with the help of the grandparents. One of his friends was also in the taxi when it collected us from the bus terminal. Andy’s friend’s wife and parents are in Las Vegas where she works as a medical technician. One of the largest sources of income into the Philippines is from family members sending it home. We have been asked more than once if we will be hiring people to work on our boat. People want jobs.
I don’t pretend to know anything about Filipino history or politics. I am reading a biography of Jose Rizal who was executed by the Spanish December 30, 1896. It is easy to see the problems Spanish rule caused. But the local newspapers I read every now and then aren’t much kinder to present day Filipino officials. Corruption, assassinations, and coups impede any progress anyone would try to make. The middle class must want to throw up its arms in disgust and just give up. Or worse, become apathetic.
I took lots of photos, but none of families sleeping on the streets or families begging or whole neighborhoods of tin roofed shanty towns. It would have been rude and unsympathetic since I wouldn’t be doing it to help fix things, but rather only to say, "do you believe this?!" I will go through the photos I did take and send them in the next few days.
My poor SOX have hit the skids and need some fire lit under them. I have tried every charm I have. From here on in they have to just DO IT do you hear me SOX!
So that’s it.
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