Left: I call this page "Zombie Ink Spill." (It's in the Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook that I was testing with the large 9 x 11 or larger pages.) Direct brush sketching with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and various other markers (acrylic inks). It started out as a sketch of someone I'd seen on TV, but I squeezed the barrel of the Pentel ColorBrush (fine point with pigment ink) too hard and it blopped all over the sketch (right at the beginning) so I kept going and then threw on the markers.
I'm dealing with wasps right now. Have been for the past week. They are coming into the house through some pathway we've yet to locate. We did locate a nest on the wrong side of the house (the experts said it was the wrong side for where they were appearing). I kill 18 or so a day. After being stung last Wednesday at 5 a.m. (I get up at 5:45, so that's just rude!) I've moved out of the bedroom into the TV room to sleep on the futon sofa (thank goodness we bought that!). There have been no wasps in there. (Dick can sleep through anything and continues to sleep in the bedroom.)
The wasps of course are mostly coming into the two rooms that I use as my studio! This means that if I try to work, by 10 a.m. on a sunny day they are active and dive bombing me. The stress is incredible. An exterminator came Tuesday because Dick's efforts haven't been successful. "Give it three days," the kid said—he was very nice, very thorough.
Three days. I think I'll pretend I'm at a slumber party and stay up continuously for 3 days—wait I can't do that. I have too many appointments to take CR to (he's recovering from another hospital stay), and of course work that must be done.
So I am typing this very quickly to share with you the profound observation I made today: Zombies are easier to deal with than wasps. I have spent my whole life researching Zombies. I know exactly how to avoid Zombies, kill Zombies, track Zombies, and keep Zombies OUT.
Wasps, not so much.
I've been able to scan some of my Minnesota State Fair journal and hope to make a little headway tomorrow too. In the meantime send me a little positive energy for battling wasps.
And do not even suggest that I sketch the wasps.
I stomp them and stack them on a sheet of paper near the trash. At the end of the day I count them. If I had white tennis shoes believe me I would put "kill marks" on the sides of my shoes like a WWII aviator would put on his fuselage.
I do not like wasps.
Zombies are easier to deal with.