In Context—Playing Catch Up

April 11, 2021


I’ve been offline for five days and it seems like I’ve forgotten everything about the computer and the programs I work in. I’m playing catch-up and a post here was on the top of the list.

It has been a difficult month physically for me: increased vision difficulties and a back spasm that made me immobile for 6 days. (I get really grumpy when I don’t get to do my work out.)

Throughout it all, I tried, when possible to do a little quick sketching. I didn’t care how messy I was being (didn’t have a choice because of my vision problems), I just wanted something down on paper. I wanted to take my mind off of what was going on.

I share this one with you today because it makes both Dick and me laugh.

Initially I was annoyed by the scratchy line I can’t control, but when he looked over into my sketchbook from where he was sitting on the couch, he thought it delightful.

“It looks like we have real, miniature dinosaurs living on the bureau in the TV Room,” he said laughing.

(That’ Carl on the close right, and Carl Too on the far right underneath my billed cap [I wore a different one while sketching—yes, it’s still necessary for me to wear a billed cap when I’m awake].) 

And because he took such enjoyment with the image, I’ve found myself laughing as well. (Carl Too really is hamming it up and it’s hard not to smile about that.)

Why, you may ask, do I have so many plastic containers on the bureau in the TV Room? Well the TV Room is adjacent to the kitchen and there isn’t room in the pantry for all the food containers, so when they get used and cleaned they sit on the bureau until they get refilled. (We buy groceries every three weeks.)

Years from now, if I look back on this sketch it will not only remind me of how I was happy even when my back was thrown out, but the extent to which I juggled containers and shelf-space in the time of Covid.

I think capturing these little glimpses of daily life (and Carl Too hamming it up) are a great reason for keeping a journal. 

I hope you’re capturing your daily moments in your journal too.

Tombow soft brush Fude pen and ink wash on OLD Winsor & Newton 90 lb. Watercolor paper—made into an 8 x 8 inch journal. The paper is from back when the paper was still gelatin sized. 

    • Georgy
    • April 11, 2021

    Thank you for all you do. Thanks for sharing the JOY of Art Practice.
    Thank you for keeping on . . .

    Thank you for inviting us/me along.
    love & love,

    You are Very Good Company along the way. 💙

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much Georgy for the kind note. I hope things are going well for you and that you are finding time to sketch!

    • Tyanne
    • April 11, 2021

    I am sorry you have been having a rough time. This made me smile even before I read the commentary. My dinos and a dragon sit on an art tote.
    One of these days I am going to pull that tote down and sketch the whole crew.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Tyanne, and I’m so glad you enjoyed this one and I do hope that you pull that tote down and sketch the whole crew!!!! It will be a great reminder. Because of course you’ll be adding more?!

    • Paul
    • April 11, 2021

    Looks like the dinos are playing hide-and-seek! There is a LOT of embedded context of time and place in this little vignette. Good on ya for getting her done. Now REST that back will ya!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Paul, glad you enjoyed this one. I am trying to rest the back, I’m not doing a good job of that. It does look like Carl Too is playing hide and seek. I think he believes that you can’t see his face completely he’s invisible. I haven’t the heart to tell him!

    • Sharon Nolfi
    • April 11, 2021

    Sorry about your back, Roz. I admire your ability to rise above problems and find joy. Take best care of yourself!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Sharon for your kind words.

    • Maven
    • April 12, 2021

    These are FABULOUS. The dinos express how I feel during the pandemic: like a feral monster hiding and yelling at anyone coming close.

    1. Reply

      Glad you enjoyed this one Maven. I think you might find it restorative to have some dinos as drawing models in your home.

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