Thursday, October 17, 2013

sketchbook :: algebra


Here is a recent page spread from my sketchbook that I worked on while Kiddo was doing her algebra lesson. It's nice, sitting together at the kitchen table, both of us working. I stay nearby to offer help when needed, but mostly I try to stay out of the way. Especially when it comes to algebra. Although if I had had the benefit of the type of math instruction that Kiddo is receiving, I may have actually learned something in high school math classes. But I didn't have "Bruce". That's what we call the voice of the math instructor from her lessons. By now, Bruce is like a part of the family. Kind and reassuring, he gently inspires his listeners with logical and detailed explanations for every single problem, and never belittles an error or an incorrect answer. It's always okay. Maybe you forgot to reduce to the lowest terms. You get another try.

My new sketchbook doesn't fit onto my scanner. I merged the two scanned pages together in photoshop for the above image, which is why you see a line. I could have "photoshopped" that line out but decided to just let it go. It's either this way or snap a photo of the page spread, but I have a hard time getting the color adjusted correctly from photos. Either way, I enjoyed painting our decorative gourds while we sat together, Kiddo solving algebra problems, and all the while listening to Bruce. Great days.

4 comments:

Polly Birchall said...

Difficult veg to paint I should think, so well done. And good idea with photoshop. My scanner is not big enough for my usual paintings and I have to photograph my work. Colours are not as good as scanning. Impressed you thought of photoshop.

Debbie Nolan said...

Ah Ann - I love the sound of your days. Wish I would have had a Bruce when I was taking algebra - bet I would have done much better. Your gourds are perfect in every way. Hope you have a great weekend.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Great days...how wonderful! I loved Algebra myself. Took me two tries but once I knew the whys, I had no problems with the hows. Love the little gourds!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

nice texture to the gourds :)
i am horrible at math, but something like Bruce would have been great in high school rather then the nagging disproving teacher :/

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