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Left: Sketch of a pug dog with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen that is running out of ink. Fun little guy I met on the street one day, sketched late at night from a photo on the computer, after Dick had gone to bed and I couldn't get to my ink cartridges! (In the 9 x 12 inch in-studio journal.)
I hope that today, the first day of 2012, you all get to do something creative that will feed your notions and intentions for the rest of the year.
I like to do a little bit of everything that I love on New Year's Day, to set a template of what all my days should be. I don't have to finish anything, though that's always a good side result if I do. All I need to do is spend an hour doing something that I love, hour after hour. So there will be a bit of biking (probably inside as the snowless weather can't hold forever), a lot of writing, a lot of sketching and painting, and of course time spent with Dick.
My big plan for today is to get over to Como Zoo and sketch the animals from life. Since there are several buildings where you can get in out of the weather it's a plan no matter how cold it gets. (Though when I first walk into a building there my glasses always fog up horribly at this time of year!)
I can hear the siren call of puffins. When you no longer live with dogs having access to puffins is a great comfort.
Make today a special day full of the activities you choose to build your life around.