the textures of july.
one thing leads to another in a long string of summer hours. the days like a quilt i’ve pieced together by hand. slowly. how good it’s been to stay home and watch the light spill through the trees. porchlife. how can doing nothing be so satisfying?
when i go to the market towards the end of the week the young checker usually asks if i have any weekend plans. oh yes, i tell him or her. many. but i don’t elaborate.
writing, reading, thinking, sketchbooking, watching, listening.
i’m getting such creative mileage out of my pitt big brush markers lately. drawing tree and people portraits seems to give me such a charge. drawing directly with the brushes is helping me to look at shadows and lines in a whole new way. i’m constantly noticing how shadows carve form and lend structure to faces and tree branches. light and shadow a metaphor for everything under the sun.
what else? picked up some paint sample cards to draw on with a white posca paint pen. give it a try. i won’t tell you how fun it is, you can see for yourself.
ON MY BOOKSHELF
of all the books i’m currently dipping into, the ends of the world is captivating. the write-up on it sounds dull, but it is anything but! i’m constantly backing about it to anyone who will listen. in short, it’s the story of our dear earth. an absolute page turner. as much as i adored the sixth extinction (same topic) this one is even better. i’ve bookmarked and highlighted a zillion kindle paragraphs.
i’m in the middle book of the rebecca west trilogy. not riveting, but comforting, like a soft pair of jeans or first sip of morning coffee.
i don’t have etgar keret’s memoir in this list, but you better believe the second i get it in the mail i’m dropping everything to read it. i listened to a story of his on the moth radio hour the other day and ever since i am crazy about him. c r a z y. drawing -him- with- my- big- brush- markers- while- watching- what- animal- are- you- on- netflix crazy. that kind.
the beginning of the end
in 27 days i’ll be saying hello to a new class with whom i will spend the next 10 months. i’ve spent the last few days pulling together a long list of supplies for the beginning of the year. if you feel moved to support my little class in the big city, you can contribute to my donor’s choose project. i was graced with a kind benefactor who is supporting my efforts by doubling all donations. you can read more about it HERE on the donor’s choose site. many deep and gracious thanks to wendy, kathy, tina, tasha, kimberly, elizabeth, glenda, kathleen, liz, shannon, lane, laura, and stephanie. because of you i am well over halfway to my goal of putting sketchbooks, watercolors, and plenty of other goodies in the childrens’ hands on the very first day of school. let the good times roll.