Sketching in the DarkApril 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.