Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feeding the large, blue, fuzzy cat with the pititful eyes

I'm reading Feeding Your Demons, by Tsultrim Allione. It's about a beautiful Chöd practice of loving your difficulties in a selfless way, and taming them with generosity.

First, you envision your demon before you. This is the part I especially like. Then you are supposed to turn your body into whatever the demon needs, until it disappears. I like this part, too, but then the demon is no longer available to model for me, and I have to wait for the next one...

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I made the koi, I like the koi, but I am not sure about them in this context, with this kind of hand drawn animation overlapping the cut out animation.
Any thoughts?

What Can I Say (goofing around version 2) from Julia Gandrud on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

So slow...

Working on animations can be very satisfying, in that I get to make many many drawings every day, but it can still feel like I am not getting anything done...
Right now I am working on making a video to go with my friend Camille's song, "What Can I Say." I'm not sure about my approach, but it's still play at this point.

I forgot to put up this lovely image of Laurent with Émile on Chris and Anne's boat. It really was lovely to see them like this.

What Can I Say (goofing around version) from Julia Gandrud on Vimeo.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sweet politics

I've just been reading (on wikipedia, my favorite website, and this other random website) the fascinating and political history of stevia, the sweet leaf plant. Used for centuries, then banned by unknown people for unknown reasons with easily divined motivations... and then approved just as the Cargill and Coca-Cola companies are ready to introduce a new stevia based sweetener...A sugar substitute thriller. Do you suppose there were any gadget-y spies?

Definitely academy award material.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Emotional Illiteracy

Reading Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, by John Gottman, and thinking, "So that's why Lucy can't calm herself down after getting angry or sad... it's because of her idiot parents!

And speaking of emotional parenting mistakes, Laurent and I watched Kick Ass last night. I loved every minute of it. At least we aren't training Lucy to be an assassin...

If you are looking for more entertainment, I can't recommend the new Masterpiece Theatre's Sherlock highly enough. Humorous and well acted, with gorgeous anachronisms that stream back to Sir A. C. Doyle's time, gracefully overlayed with ultra contemporary technology.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Froggie went a crossing

When in doubt about what comes next, paint a frog, that's what I always say... If doubt persists, paint two.

And voila, proof that Lucy knows her way around two wheels.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Death of a Dell

My dear little old Dell Latitude is dead. It's like losing the use of my right hand...

My sister forwarded me an encouraging article on bilingualism, from the NYTimes. I am happy that our bicultural experiment has big fringe benefits!