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by Elise Tomlinson

More than the northern lights greeted Alaskan artist, Elise Tomlinson, when she got home from a holiday with her folks in Nebraska. Just how good is it to arrive home (to fat cats and a clean house)!

Sunday 2 January 2005

Well, I’m back! I haven’t posted in quite awhile because I was in Nebraska with my family for the holidays and my dad’s dial up connection is way way way too slow to mess around with. It was actually kind of nice to be unplugged for awhile.

I didn’t do much art work over the break. I took along a sketch pad and my drawing box, did some thumbnails, but find I work much better in PhotoShop for thumbnails, than with paper and pencil.

On another note, I got to spend close to a week alone with my dad. We drove three hours round trip to go to a movie theater in a bigger town where we could watch several movies in a row. One we saw was Lemony Snickets (excellent). I love my dad so much that leaving was very tearful.

Anyway, Flying home over Southeast Alaska the Northern Lights were out in full force over the mountains and there was a bright red moon rise that blew my mind. My house was spotless when I got back, the cat sitter had vacuumed, the litter box was clean, the cats were fat but healthy and in good spirits. It’s good to be home.

Elise Tomlinson

About the author: Elise Tomlinson

I was born in O'Neill Nebraska in 1969. I earned a BFA at the University of Alaska Anchorage in printmaking with a secondary emphasis in oil painting. In 1998 I received an MLIS from the University of Hawaii Manoa. In 1999 I took a position as an Asst. Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Alaska Southeast. My home and studio are on Douglas Island Alaska.