Here is the first cup of coffee on the morning of the first day of the new year. This is the Platonic ideal right here.
Before we hit the road to drive home, we got to visit Amanda's studio and see her latest work before it was shipped off to be exhibited at the Olson Gallery at Bethel University.
If you've ever wished for a space of your own in which to be creative, let me tell you--Amanda is living the dream.
You can see all of the pieces in "The Life of Perished Things" here, and do go take a look. That painting behind Willem is 8 by 14 feet, and it is spectacular.
It was extra fun for me to get to see all this, as I was with Amanda when she shot some of the video for the project, and I have happy memories of that weekend trip.
Willem looked around for about five minutes before he just couldn't stand it any more. "I NEED A PENCIL. AND SOME PAPER!"
When someone else sees what you've made and gets the urge to make something himself, well, that's just about the best compliment ever.
The boys were supplied with nicer pencils and paper than they usually have, and then we went home.