Left: Sketch of Dick while he was sitting on the couch. 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fluid (block) 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper which loves the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (but doesn't do well with washes), and Montana Marker for color.
If you’re reading this in the US I hope you’re having a happy and productive (i.e., sketching a lot) weekend. Perhaps you’re catching up on work, or perhaps you’re taking time off from work. I hope you’re spending time outside, not just because I’m a member of REI and think it’s a good thing to spend time outside, but also because the days are going to get a little shorter and it’s good to walk in the sunlight for as long as you can.
I’m busy shooting video for new classes for 2016 and I’m sketching.
To continue with this week's theme I've posted an image of Dick today. He looks tired. He is. It’s not just my sketch, though I was tired when I sketched him, but I waited until late in the evening to ask him to pose.
In the good news category I got a couple more days of outside cycling in this week. Meetings messed up some days, but that’s how things go. I was simply happy to be on the bike, outside, with the temperature in the 40s.
We had snow on Thanksgiving Day, after a healthy dousing of drizzle. Unless the temperatures get over 39 for a couple days it looks like my outside cycling is done for the year. I can’t ride outside if there is ice on the road. (It’s my own personal deal breaker.)
But I’ll be riding inside on the trainer until the ice melts. When the roads get icy I get grumpy, but I’m grateful for all the great rides I was able to get in this year and now I can catch up on my episodes of “Hell on Wheels,” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
The snow and ice meant we had to cancel our plans to take the folks out for dinner on Thursday. Phyllis simply doesn't want to go out when it's snowing so we didn't even press the issue. We were also worried about CR's increasing frailty.
It seems we have reached another milestone—travel only for medical reasons. It's frustrating, but we got to spend time with them today and the great thing was every moment of that time was relaxing and stress free. We just laughed and chatted. I confirmed for Phyllis that I really was still married to her son and that he didn't need a kick in the pants. She told me repeatedly how much she loved and appreciated me. I told her that she was the best mother-in-law in the history of the world (something that is not hyperbole). I got some sketches of CR while he chatted with Dick.
If you have time this week, but aren’t sure what you might sketch, I recommend you click on my category list under “Project Friday.” I’ve posted a bunch of them, especially in the last several weeks. Pick one and settle in with your pen and journal. Get some sketching done.
If you have some time to sit and reflect about the past year it would be a great time to set some goals for the new year…it's just around the corner.
I hope you were able to spend time this weekend with people you love, and that you let them know you love them.