I know better. I really do. If you look back at the posts on this site you'll see the evidence to this.
I haven't been drawing or painting much at all this summer. And this is the summer I desperately need to be doing creative stuff. It has been a real stressor -- what with us trying to find a new place to live, getting my two oldest ready to go to college in August; putting our place up for sale, trying to do ministry -- and there are so many unknowns and dealing with behavior issues (not in me usually). I've been massively stressed.
That being said I doodled and then used my colored pencils today. One is of my son Hawk rolling on the ground. The other is of some unknown lady I named Eddie.
I haven't been drawing much except for morning doodles -- which usually is my coffee cup and whatever else happens to be on my table.
Two days ago I broke my favorite coffee cup (and it was a copy of a different coffee cup I broke). Yesterday morning I realized how much my coffee tastes better when the cup fits in my hand the way I like it too.
Since the last time I've posted, I've been busy with kids this summer: a child graduated from high school, another came home from college for the summer; another has an ongoing infection I'm treating; we've officially told the world that we are moving by the end of the summer to Dupree, South Dakota. My husband will be the full-time pastor at a church there (plus, have another job...the small churches in our great state often employ bi-vocational pastors). I've resigned from a small newspaper writing gig and I'm trying to keep my kitchen stocked with food while five of my kids are home for the summer.
The drawing above is my 10 year old dog. His muzzle is white now. I don't like thinking he's passing middle age already. I don't know what I'm doing with my doodles, my drawings, my stuff as I call it. I am thinking about the best way to contribute to my world with art and writing and ministry (also thinking about what to offer on my other website). So, I'll keep thinking and studying and drawing and writing.
And we'll see what happens in the the near future.
Have a lovely, lovely day!
I got mad tonight, angry even. One part of me wanted to punch somebody. The other part (the more reasonable part) told myself that was stupid. Instead, I did some yard work and drew a bunch of people.
It's a silly picture but I tend to draw made-up people when I doodle. Why? I don't know why.
I'm re-reading a book I've read at least three times. It's called The Two Princesses of Bamarre. It was written by Gail Carson Levine. Levine is most famous I think for Ella Enchanted (which was made into a movie).
Anyway, I really like this book because...well, I don't know why. It is one of the books I read when I am a bit lost, a bit unsettled. I identify with Princess Addie, the main character in the book (even though she is a teenager and I am almost 47 years old).
I was reading it aloud to my son Hawken. And then Hawk fell asleep. So I started doodling and drew a dragon. I messed up its eyes but then realized the dragon I drew was blinded by some fight it found itself in. I like how Levine portrays dragons in this book. She compares one dragon to a cat when it is curled up. That got me to thinking how I'd like to write a book that included dragons with even more similarities to cats -- at least their personalities.
We'll see. I don't know what my writing future holds. I don' t know much of anything right now.
This morning I was looking at William Steig's book Ruminations. His drawings are creative, spontaneous and in my mind, amazing. They are kind of strange at times. His most famous character would be Shrek. The original Shrek doesn't resemble the one that everyone knows from the movies, but Shrek still came from Steig.
I have been in a bit of a funk with drawing and writing. Not sure why -- probably a hormonal or a human reason!
This morning I copied a couple of Steig's drawings. I added the color and the sun.
I made Steig's Three Fates into red hat ladies. My morning humor I guess. This is the sun I added -- also Steig inspired from other suns I've seen in some of his pictures.
And then I decided to do a drawing of my own inspired by Steig's style. I'll post it below these Red Hat Three Fates.
I call it Bus stop.
Mine is lackin something - -not as much ink, not as much movement. I'll have to work on that.
This is just part of my table this morning.....I think the rest of the table is messier than this part. It has been clean in the past -- cleared off even.....when will it be cleared off again? I have no idea.
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