Mary Lekoshere Illustrated


Saturdays&GoatCheese
August 3, 2013, 11:00 am
Filed under: Family

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Up this Saturday morning shortly after 6 to work out. I know, it’s like someone else has inhabited my body. (Other than my little son, who actually is) Then, joined Sawaya who was studying outside, for coffee and breakfast. This morning was beautiful, fresh and cool. That didn’t last long-God bless South Carolina summers. UG!  Picked blueberries, made fresh, icy, peach smoothies with some left over heavy cream. Now Kingston is in bed and my house needs tidying and dusting, and bathroom needs cleaning.

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Last Saturday, Sawaya and I celebrated 5 years of matrimony eating Goat Cheese Grits. AKA, at Tupelo Honey. Need I say more? I do not. I have pictures.

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3 months later…
July 23, 2013, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Illustration

…and I’m blogging!

I’m in an interesting/uncertain point of life right now. Since age 15 I’ve been working. Part-time, full-time, Over-time. I’ve worked in boredom; I’ve worked in stress; I’ve fallen asleep on my feet while cleaning. I’ve made friends, collected interesting characters for future writing, and learned the oh so annoying world of customer service. (We humans can be trying beings) And now, I’m about to retire. Well not completely, or certainly. I have 5 1/2 weeks of my job left, then I quit to raise my son. I’ve been a student wife for 5 years. Now my husband is one test away from being a Dr. He won’t start residency yet, but will be able to secure a job of some sorts (what are Dr’s qualified for when they graduate?) hence freeing me up to be a mom at home. AND… increase my pitiful little art business. Hurray! The catch, regarding the art business, is that I’ll only have 3 1/2 months til new baby… and taking a shower will become my quest. And who knows, I may end up picking up little jobs here and there in between retirement and baby.

Enough of that. Here’s one of my birthday presents from my wondrous hubby. :) Be.Ye.Jealous. But not for long…you can get one on Amazon.

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Sea Salt
April 28, 2013, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Sea Salt

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Umbrellas for a rainy day… :)

Finished the artwork on a major project today, 22 illustrations for a woman who is self-publishing a children’s book. (photos to follow this week) In a week and a half, my painting is due for Artisphere. I ordered my frame and have a few days left to continue working on the painting. A relief, since I hurried through the bottom half and it showed. :)

May is around the corner, and with it work on my project Sea Salt. I’m doing a collection of sea-themed paintings and drawings, as well as children’s works. Stay tuned…



Dinner, Artwork in Progress, a Baking Fail
April 17, 2013, 6:32 pm
Filed under: Book Club, Eats

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What are you having for dinner? I’m having this  on rice, with asparagus and melted cheese. It’s a rainy evening; caught Kingston well on his way up the basement stairs to his upstairs lair of goldfish and on-demand entertainment (Lora’s House). Have banana bread in the oven for work tomorrow and for us tonite. Here’s a little secret: if you bring baked goods to the office and keep them close by, you create an ongoing social event. :) By the way, baking fail #1. I tried a struesel topping for the bread. It’s sunk in. Maybe now there’s hidden goodness inside. We shall see.

Artwork in progress…. let’s see. Here’s a snap of author’s sticky notes. I’ve made my corrections and now am in the painting stage. After the initial paint comes outlining with my trusty microns (having not masters the dip pen and ink technique). Last I’ll touch up with colored pencil. I plan to finish this week.

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Baking fail #2. It tasted ok, well the filling wasn’t quite perfection. Not even quite. But… there was a crack in the top layer. So I filled it with the glaze. Which was rather thick, and heavy… and well. It cracked more; it slid slid slid.  It probably would have slid anyway, even if my top layer were perfect. We will never know now. :) The bookclub ladies ate it anyway. An avalanche of coffee-flavored-cake with immense amounts of sugar, is, in fact, edible anyways.

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A Grandma, A Cat, A Dog, A Girl
March 19, 2013, 4:56 pm
Filed under: children's books

Side note: if I eat any more garlic, I’m going to smell like a spice rack when I walk by.

Moving on….

Where I am in the children’s book is this: I have a stack of loose leaved sketchbook pages with drawings and sticky notes attached. The sticky notes need to be read, heeded; eraser out, corrections made. A couple more illustrations are needed, a cover, resubmit pages. Repeat the eraser/correction step and THEN transfer, paint paint paint!

Here’s some sketches.

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Where the Wild Things Are
March 5, 2013, 11:45 pm
Filed under: baby days

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At last. Thank goodness no one ever tells us how long it will take us to accomplish our little projects. Or about the dozens that sit forever unfinished, like my scrapbook of my freshman year.

Kingston finally has his painting installed above his crib. This is why I need deadlines! I’m pleased with the turnout–it ended up very strong. Pleased, too, since I wasn’t sure how to render his cross-hatching technique with oil paint. Didn’t accomplish his exact effect, but you know…. maybe that’s a good thing considering I’m already committing blatant plagiarism.

On other news…I’m falling down on the painting an hour a day. But I’m working out with Jillian Michaels. Shredding I should say. Apparently my ducks don’t go in rows… they come quacking in and out on a whim.

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A Birthday Fit for a King
February 20, 2013, 7:59 pm
Filed under: baby days

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Counting us, the Lekosheres, there were 61 people who celebrated Kingston’s first birthday. Mercifully the day was beautiful. Colder than a party in a garage would make ideal, but so much better than February could have coughed up. On that Saturday, the realization came to me, that without help I would not have finished the preparations. I was in over my head and hadn’t even known. What would we do without opportune friends in our life? (Or parents that watch birthday children so their parties can be prepared for. But that goes without saying, as when you become a parent you sign up to be taken advantage of by your children for the rest of your existence.)

Anyway. I’m not sure when I began working on the party, but it felt like so much work. Doing crafts when you have an almost 1 year old… well you work in 10 minute increments, the last 3 minutes of which you are madly rushing about narrating what you’re doing in a loud sing-songy voice, distracting the stream of whining coming from your child. Not the best work environment for getting things done. :)

Originally, I was going to go with a Three Billy Goats Gruff theme…. until I finally acknowledged that there wasn’t really much, if anything, that represented the theme. So I dropped it for just plain goat.  Haven’t attended many Goat-Themed parties? Well, you probably haven’t attended many parties where a little Samburu 1 year old was involved. :) We partied Kenyan-style… we had a goat roast. Acquired one from a farm, Sawaya and his Kenyan friend killed and prepared it that morning, then another friend helped him roast it. My house smelled like goat; Sawaya’s shirt was covered in goat.

We also served pulled pork-many thanks to my brother who shredded it for me! beans, thanks to another friend, mac and cheese, thanks to another friend, chipati, thanks…. well you get the picture.

Lora and I made a goat cake the night before, then with collective effort, made goat cupcakes the day of. Kingston received two goats for his birthday—man-made, stuffed toys, not for slaying.

The party was busy busy for me and cold for my guests. But I hope everyone had a good time. Kingston got some good loot.  Guess when you slay a goat, people come prepared to party. :) Seriously, thanks everyone!

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Kingston's Birthday Banner will be made into a quilt...the invitations were blank quilt squares for the guests to personalize...

Kingston’s Birthday Banner will be made into a quilt…the invitations were blank quilt squares for the guests to personalize…

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The Chalkboard Pictures of Kingston's 1st Year

The Chalkboard Pictures of Kingston’s 1st Year

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