sun days

What would summer be like without water parks?

break face

I love all of his faces.


best place

My favorite place, when it's time to play outside.

south park sign

South Park sign on Whyte Avenue.


Breakfast with Jesse. 

Jesse with Breakfast. 

We saw a trolley. 

It was a beautiful day.

Well spent. 



The sun is shining, so we've been taking full advantage of the summer, by getting out more than once a day... maybe even three times. Happy long weekend! What a great time to kick back and take it easy. 

block 1912

Block 1912, on Whyte Avenue, is a cozy place to sit down for some cafe treats. I'm enjoying the quiet bits of my vacation.


So, you mean people pose . . .  naked, fully naked . . . and you draw them? Even men? *Sour expression.*  I get a lot of questions. I suppose the concept does sound odd in a way. For me, it's a form of exercise, for what I do, to keep me good at drawing things. I don't know how to explain it. But yes, they are completely naked.

Spencer told me about it, after I had been oohing at the figure drawings he was posting. He said it was a good idea, and I saw the progress he was making, so I listened and went. I don't listen often. 

Freelance can often fry my brains, because it requires a certain type of thinking that I can only describe as working out.. but with your brains. When you get used to a certain exercise, it no longer feels challenging, and may even grow boring. I needed a different type of exercise. I'd call this yoga for my brains.

Considering I haven't drawn a figure from life since art school, 6 years ago, I think I did alright. I was happy with what I left with, and may have even felt a little sleepy at the end of the night, after 3 hours of drawing. I have stacks of paper which I will carry with me into my next class(es) to see how I improve as I go. My only suggestion would be to supply wine...
If you're in Edmonton, give Harcourt House's drop-in figure class a shot. 

Thank you, Spencer!


step 5, complete

Went and got my hair did, because self maintenance is not at all narcissistic. 

Came out feeling shiny and pretty again. Step 5, to my vacation tasks, complete. I guess I'm working backwards.


five days

I'm taking a 5 day weekend, aka stay-cation. I'm keeping this short because I have a list of promises to keep up with, while I have the time to slow down and enjoy every moment. I'm up past midnight, already on it!

1. Turn off distractions: It bothers me when people go on vacation and facebook status their trip from beginning to finish. I have 5 days off. It's going to be great, and who really cares but me?

2. Catchup: I plan to catch up with some writing, read, crochet a bunch, draw some things, run some errands, do some chores. To keep up with why I neglect my blog (in association with number 1.)
Twitter: @breakfast_jones    Instagram: @kendylcakes.

3. Play it up: I love every day that the sun will allow us to lie in the grass, under our favorite tree, when we take breaks from our adventurous walks together. My dog pictures are redundant, but I have much to say about this face for making me laugh every single day. Note: Don't follow me if these things make you barf. I love my dog and it's not going to change. 

4. Create: A little bit different from being productive, but not far off. I started my first day of vacation, by taking a figure drawing class. 10$ a night, can't go wrong. I plan on picking up the paints this weekend, also.

5. Get sexy: Self maintenance is overdue. Starting with a haircut, and plenty of number 3; if weather permits. It will be just a lovely time.



ideas take flight

Jesse took me to Edmonton's Aviation Museum, yesterday, where we had 45 minutes -before closing- to play with our phoney cameras. *see what I did there? I think we both want to go back again, but with actual cameras in tow. What a great place to explore.

I'm keeping it short and simple right now because I have some painting to do. Just know, it's been a very fun and inspiring weekend. I needed this.