Emotional Caffeine


Staycation: Putting the Pieces Together


You would think that, after the challenges of the past school year - the move to a different country, the new school, making new friends, middle-of-the-year transfers and so on - our children would be eager to sleep in and do nothing for at least the first couple of days of their summer break.

(Play Lazy Song by Bruno Mars)

But, NO!!! They woke up, not as early as on a school day, but early enough for a summer morning (but that could have been due to sleeping early the night before as they wore their energy out at C's last day of school swimming party). Right after breakfast, they were already badgering me and Ken for things they can do. Because we didn't think we'd be able to go on a beach trip the way we have always done so every summer in the Philippines, I was equipped with things I that can have them do to keep their minds active during the summer.

One of the things I have at home is this one-thousand-piece puzzle that I bought last year at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMoMa).

The puzzle, entitled Country Dog Gentlemen, is actually a painting (1972; polymer on canvas) by Roy De Forest, an American Humorous Figuration artist, known for his whimsical paintings and sculptures.

Here's how we progressed in this project:

Day 01: June 3, 2011

Day 02: June 7, 2011

Day 03: June 11, 2011

Day 04: June 14, 2011

Day 05: June 16, 2011

On the eve of Father's Day, with my sister's insistence, C and I decided to get down on the remaining [hundreds of] pieces...

... and completed the puzzle.

What an accomplishment!

Some things you have to know about Roy De Forest: 

  • Born in Nebraska in 1930.
  • Educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State College.
  • Pegged as one of the Bay Area Funk artists in the 1960s.
  • Was a Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of California, Davis from 1965-1982. 
  • Passed away unexpectedly in 2007 due to a brief illness. 
  • His work is displayed in the collections of SFMoma, Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and other institutions.


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