Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy guy (asleep in the sun)

Here's another sculpture that captured my imagination last summer at the Prague Botanical garden. This fellow seemed to be drowsing contentedly in the sun.

I'm thinking of using him in a Czech/English alphabet I'm putting together. He'd be S for "sculpture" and "socha". The project's first challenge is to come up with a word that starts with the same letter in both Czech and English. Sometimes it's easy - angel/andel for A, balloon/balónek for B, circus/cirkus for C, dragon/drak for D. But then you get to letters like 'w' and 'y' and it gets trickier. Consider a sampling of some of the few 'w' words in a Czech dictionary - workoholicky, westerny (for westerns) and whisky. For y we have yperit for mustard gas and ypsilon for upsilon. Yuppie is in there too, but that's nearly it. Anyone who can come up with kid friendly alternatives, I'll gladly send you a copy of the finished product.

Note: wallaby for w! And due to requests (and godchildren) it is now an English/Czech/German friendly alphabet.


christina said...

Your drawings are just amazing. I love them all.

Julia said...

Thanks Christina, it has been a treat to take the time and draw this month.