Illustration Friday: Empty

Empty, Ink on Paper; © Jennifer Pohl

The word for this Illustration Friday may have been designed to stimulate a little existential angst this week, but every baby knows that an empty cardboard box is the most fun of all!

Breakfast, Oil on Canvas by Jennifer Pohl
Breakfast, Oil on Canvas; © Jennifer Pohl

Doug has always been the cook in the family, with one exception: I’m the breakfast person. You can find the recipe for this blueberry pancake with banana topping in the Looney Spoons cookbook. It’s low fat, but very delicious and has been a big hit with overnight guests. I should make some again. It’s been quite a while.

Big News! Conor started walking on Sunday! We just put a favourite book on a chair and to get it, he walked several feet from the couch that he was cruising along .

I may not have time to take part in Illustration Friday this week as we’ll be busy with Conor’s baptism. I have to piece together another outfit for him: Doug quipped that our pearly knitted number with ribbons (inherited from an uncertain source) would be far better suited for the Ice Capades. It wouldn’t be so comical if it weren’t such an apt description. It is pretty cute, though…. Will he resent me later if I take a picture of him in it?

We’ve waited till Conor was a little older because I very much wanted to take him back to the old family church that generations of his family had built and maintained. I feel closer to my grandparents there. The original building had been moved from Fair Island, a small island in Bonavista Bay, across a sheet of ice during the Great Newfoundland Resettlement.

feed an animal in need

I just wanted to say a special thank you to everyone for their comments. That kind of positive energy from some very talented people has been very motivating to me, especially when most days the only way I can meet the combined needs of my work, health and family is by being slightly sleep deprived. I wanted to especially thank Avaris, because her link (and blog) led me to I used to visit the affiliated hunger site to place my little click each day, but as life got busy I somehow forgot, so I’m grateful for the reminder. The animal rescue site is new to me. They also now have a downloadable and colourful toolbar for Internet Explorer, but as I am using Firefox on the Mac, I have created a set of bookmarks on my own toolbar: it will be my daily gentle reminder. There is also something to be said for the energy, sense of well-being and expansion that comes from giving. It is stepping outside of the “scarcity mentality,” or as my grandmother always said, “What you give, you get back seven-fold.” The nice thing about this site is that even if you are a starving artist (and they say the average working artist in Canada lives 25 percent below the poverty line), you can make a contribution. If you have barely a moment to spare, let it be for a mouse click. The more people that click on those buttons, the better the chances of ending world hunger, combatting breast cancer, promoting literacy, saving the rainforests, or providing health services for children around the world. Not bad for a day’s work, wouldn’t you say?