Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Story of an Icicle

I am excited about two things this morning:
  1. I was given a Winsor and Newton Series 7 brush last week and can't wait to try it out. It's just the right size, #5 round, for adding watercolor to my ink sketches. (I'm not about to take such a treasure out of the studio, so I need to find something here to paint.)
  2. An icicle is forming on the mailbox outside!
So I put on waterproof boots, two sweaters, a scarf and my woolly beret. I grab my sketchbook and a pen. I angle my white sketch paper to avoid snow blindness.

Standing in the driveway, focused on drawing the snow, the mailbox and the icicle, I hear the sound of an approaching motor.

It's the mail delivery truck!

I receive my mail by hand and chat with the courier for a few moments.

I prepare to resume my sketch only to discover that the action of opening the mailbox has completely dislodged the icicle and it lies in shattered fragments on the ground!

No worries, I already sketched my icicle. I go into the studio to warm up and lay in a few watercolor washes. Then when I go back out to compare my sketch with the scene for a few finishing touches, I discover that while I was painting inside, a new icicle was beginning to form on the edge of the mailbox. The circle of life!
My finished sketch of an icicle
A new icicle begins to form while I am warming up indoors.

Monday, January 21, 2019

National Squirrel Appreciation Day




Mischievous little critters, squirrels! And yet today is  National Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Relevant video follows here: https://youtu.be/zfmZSiFlgKU