Sketching in the Dark

April 23, 2013

Above: Two sketches made in low light conditions, watching Phyl sleep. Nideggen journal I made that's 7 x 7 inches, Staedtler Pigment Liner. The image on the recto page was first then I did the verso page.

Sometimes when someone finally settles in and starts to rest, and even falls asleep, you don't want to get up and move to turn on the light. If you're already holding your journal (and why aren't you?) or it's sitting nearby, I recommend you just pick it up and start sketching. You won't have a model fee…

This is Phyl, Dick's 92-year-old mother. She's been a real mother to me as well. And a great template for how to manifest bossiness in the world. Effective bossiness.

A couple of years ago she announced at a family dinner that "Roz is in charge now." Sadly not everyone has paid attention to that. But I just laugh. I know, and have always known, that Phyl recognized in me her bossy but effective heir, just as decades ago Emma, my wonderful Malamute bitch, recognized that Phyl (who hated dogs because she'd once been severely bitten) was a true alpha bitch. Emma showed her total respect. (Phyl reciprocated by making room for both our dogs in her life.)

Real bitches always recognize real bitches. It's one part in the engine of life.

    • Miss T
    • April 23, 2013

    And that absolutely perfect (and very true) quote is going in my journal today.

    • April 23, 2013

    Roz, this erudite description of Phyl and your common spirit is priceless!!!!
    The sketches you have done of the Dick and Phyl will be so precious to all of us in the years to come.
    Big hugs!

  1. You’ve made me laugh out loud and then wipe the tear from my eye. Like Miss T, I will remember the quote!

  2. Reply

    ROZ: may we all ride BOSSY!

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