The illustrations are inspired by Indian Life in Pre-Columbian North America (Dover History Coloring Book, pp. 12, 14-15)
Becca has especially requested that we create a thick textured paint for the mounds so that they actually stand up above the painted background and cast a bit of a shadow. Internet to the rescue! And I've just purchased the supplies recommended in this great blog post How to Add Incredibly Thick Texture to Your Acrylic Paintings.
In homeschool news, I'm choosing the final list of demonstrations and experiments for Natalie's Physics block (I put a new page on the website for Middle School Physics) and reading several middle school curriculum books:
Why We Must Run With Scissors: Voice Lesson in Persuasive Writing
A very Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there!
We walked down to the farmer's market today and my mom got me six beautiful heirloom tomato plants. The farmer was selling them 3 for $5.00! So I am thrilled and into the straw bales they will go. Straw bale gardening is the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to do raised beds and the plants take almost no water once established. And I love that the whole straw bale just gets broken down and spread out on your garden at the end of the growing season! This year we really MUST make our straw bale cold frames in the fall... Anyway, my lovelies are Submarine Blush, Pineapple Pig, Orangevaja Slivka, Purple Dragon, Cow's Forehead, and Master Carnosa. I thought it was wonderful that the farmer even labeled the tags with the color of the tomato.
Looking for unusual varieties of heirloom tomatoes? Try Tomodoro, the search engine for tomato varieties to help you find seed sources.
UDATE: My U.S. Geography: Woodland Indians and Mound Builders post has pictures of Becca's finished project.