October 20, 2009
Oh my, I’m behind on my doodling. And my blogging. It’s got to be October. Why is the month of October always so difficult for me? I don’t know, but it is. It’s clinically impossible! It’s also half over, so I’ll keep slogging through and hopefully by November, I’ll have caught up with myself.
I’m currently re-reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, which is my favorite of all the books. (Though that is wicked tough to pin down, it still holds the top spot with Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac rounding out the top 3.) I’ve also been reading 2666, but currently I’m stuck. I need to sit down with it some time when I’m not at work and get through the section detailing the crimes central to the plot and then I’ll be good. I’ve lost a lot of my nerve (or stomach) in my old age and I’m no longer as able as I used to be to read depictions of violence without feeling all weird in my unhappy place. I actually stopped reading a book about death a few months back, which is totally unheard of for me, but it was all crime scene crime scene crime scene and I couldn’t take anymore after 150 or so pages. Anyhow, I’ve returned to my favorite book as a sort of brain-cleanser, and I love being re-united with it.
I also love the cover, which I did a drawing of last week. No, it’s not upside down. Or rather, the bird *is* upside-down, but the drawing isn’t. (Also: the little pink lines in the middle are a sunset-sort of effect on the clouds which just did not translate at all when put through the scanner.)
October 11, 2009
I asked the Twitterverse what I should draw, and my dear Heidi suggested I draw her an owl. Here you go, one barn owl just for you. I’m pretty happy with the owl itself, but I’m not at all pleased with the blue background. I should have just gone with a “nonsense” color and not tried to make it fit the night sky or whatever was in my fool mind. Oh well. He’s a nice owl.
What about you? What would you like me to draw?
October 9, 2009
From yesterday. I’m still better at getting things done than getting things uploaded.
I hadn’t had a chance to get any drawing done at work, since Thing 2 has been on a nap embargo, so while we were watching Jim & Pam get married on The Office (Yay!), I asked Nuno what I should draw. His suggestion: A zebra taking a bath. Well, here he is. A zebra. Taking a bath.
October 7, 2009
It was a rainy morning, but as soon as I finished drawing this little Morton Salt Girl, the sun came out! MAGIC! BEHOLD THE POWER OF ART.
October 6, 2009
“Frida’s Feet” : After talking a little bit about Frida yesterday, today’s doodle is from my favorite Frida Kahlo painting – “What the Water Gave Me.” Hrm. The image I was working from was mirrored. Weird. I went and found the one copy of this online that was reversed L-R. Ha. Oh well, the only major detail that this affects in my little doodle is the stopper. And the injured/healthy feet, but that for some reason doesn’t bug me as much as the stopper pointing the wrong way.
October 5, 2009
I thought about calling this “Diurnal Drawing” since I didn’t read Infinite Jest for nothing, but in the end, even though it means “daily,” I can’t see the word “diurnal” without thinking “urinal.” (Or, as Thing #1 would call it – “wall toilet.”) So, “Daily Doodle.” Not so serious as to be a DRAWING which is something you do in CLASS and have a CRIT about. Also brings to mind “Daily Double” and then Celebrity Jeopardy, which brings me much joy. (Honestly, the Celebrity Jeopardy SNL skits make me laugh so hard that I have to hit pause every so often to avoid herniating.)
Hopefully this will indeed be a daily feature, or close to it. The drawings may not be uploaded and posted every single day, but hopefully there will be a drawing done and posted for each day by the end of the week. I badly need a more regular artistic practice and I don’t have time for any kind of morning pages, but I can aim to get a “doodle” of some kind done between naps and snacks at work. Hopefully, Thing 2 won’t remember how to open his door during his nap, or all bets are off. Anyhow, posting things on the blog is really helpful as it helps keep me accountable. Or at least, I feel like I’m accountable, though I trust that my mother (and perhaps other readers as well) will actually start nagging me if I lag behind.
Anyhow! Here’s today’s drawing! It’s a fish! Drawn from a pan. Which begs the question: What are you cooking that you need a pan the shape of a fish?
Bonus! Here are some apples drawn last week.