this is what it looks like on the way to work.
this is what it looks like on the way home.
rain glorious rain!
the tight clusters of buds on the acacia trees are bursting open.
in my yard and across town.
here another variety of acacia. very showy this time of year with all of the cascading blossoms.
i took visual notes in my black sketchbook. it’s difficult to keep every sketchbook from turning into a journal. that’s just what they all want to become.
i walked this week at the huntington after a day in the classroom. the wet weather was very nice for a stroll through the galleries. i felt as though i was transported back to europe for an hour instead of fresh out of the classroom wringer.
i found some 18th century porcelain urns & vases. the second i’m finished typing this i’m going to open a pot of paint and dip my brush inside. start to draw.
these apostle spoons are sort of fabulous.
and those shadows. ooo la la!
yesterday and today i went for walks in a favorite neighborhood of stone and intricate brickwork walls.
i swapped out my black sketchbook for this gray one.
i plucked these thorny rosehips on another wet walk this week.
this cool weather makes for a walking paradise.
while the rain pours down and i paint & draw & facetime with sister wyatt naps.
for today’s sketchathon with sister i got my shin han paints out of the closet. they are like liquid gouache or tempera paint. very opaque.
nice to paint with and also really lovely to draw with by dipping a brush into one of the small jars.
a thick wobbly line does please me so!
it’s raining now as i type out this missive. i do not miss the sun one single bit.
i hope you are finding some pleasure in your own brand of snowy rainy bliss. up north, the puget sound looks so beautiful covered in white. if you live up there do tell me how it is. and if you don’t live up there do keep me posted on your sleigh rides, wood chopping, cape knitting, maple tapping, cross country skiing, and forest bathing.
oh by the way, heidi has another love letter to crafting up on the you tubes. she kept me company while i worked in my sketchbook this weekend.
see you soon friends.