Monday, October 27, 2014

Blue is a Beautiful Color!

Now that the 2014 NC State Fair is over, Steve picked up my art entry, along with its Blue Ribbon! Attached to it was the judge's critique, which reads as follows:

"Strengths:
  • Focus
  • Use of Color
  • Attention to Detail
Weaknesses:

Additional Comments:
Very strong sense of focus on foreground - well done! Colors fade well into background & river creates great lines of movement in work. Congratulations on 1st Place!"

I'm beside myself with joy right now!
© 2014 Tammy Kaufman - Kaleidoscope Myst - pastels on PastelMat 7" x 7"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More Baby Steps

The WheelChix women's mountain bike club had another clinic today, and what a great day it was to be out on the trail! Having been only sporadically biking lately due to a combination of being overweight and very out of shape, plus being so busy with life in general, I really needed this beginner and beyond clinic. It was also a big boost to my currently failing confidence. Today's topics included, among others, basic body positioning on the bike, cornering, climbing,
Climbing
uphill obstacles,
Uphill Obstacle
descending techy sections,
Descending
and my nemesis, skinnies. Today was the first time I actually got up the nerve to ride this one, and I made it the entire way, TWICE, as well as the inverted V-shaped skinny at the end of the section too! Yay!
Skinny!
Thanks to Pryde and Steve for their help, coaching and spotting, and to Steve for the photos.