November 2007 Archives
I get so used to impersonal and official language that any hint of a real person with an individual voice is a treat - especially in the places where I don't expect to find it.
REGION: Today will probably go down in the record books as the nicest day this week. High pressure moving across the region will bring dry weather with several hours of sunshine and generally light breezes.
My husband read that forecast aloud to me this morning and at the end of the day I just had to read it again for myself.
I have a new, very fine point fountain pen, and what fun it is to move it across the paper.
Cooling on the table while I painted, but still very good afterwards. Today was a quiet day at home. Still full from yesterday's feasting, we observed "buy nothing day" and relaxed - telling bad jokes, playing games on and off line, watching part of a movie, reading the paper, moving slowly around the house.
A lyrical tangle of power cords at the other end of the room. An occasion to think about connections and gratitude. Phone and power lines connect me to a community of friends and and family at a distance - I am able to be right here right now at home with my pen and a sketchbook and then put work on my laptop, and be on your computer screen in a different time and place. Put that way, it amazes me.
Ipswich Bay, late afternoon.
I'm visiting the Boston area to see our son in his school play - a powerful experience. I'm always moved to see the transformations in character and relationships on stage and then to have one of the actors be someone I love and have known so long... scary and wonderful.
The power seems to be off to my parents' router. Blogging by cell phone for the moment, and will get it all sorted out tomorrow.
[Postscript - seems there was a wall switch which had turned off that outlet - easily solved in the morning.]
Listening to Christine Kane sing about someone drawing in "The Real World," I sat in the dining room and drew part of a 3/4-sized electric guitar. Our dining room is full of instruments: guitars, mandolins, keyboard, piano, zither, assorted rhythm pieces. A couple years ago the drum kit got moved to the basement, but there are still the two gongs... My husband and kids play, I mostly sing with friends, and we have fun. (Thanks to Chris Brogan for naming me a rockstar today - it gave me an excuse to think about the music in my life while I drew tonight.)
Caught up with a friend I hadn't seen in way too many years today. We were in graduate school together. This painted pencil is for her, as she's another writer who is drawing all the time now - and for November she's drawing a different writing implement each day, using whatever pen or pencil she drew the day before. She hasn't got a blog yet - but I'll link to it when she does - her sketchbooks were a treat to explore...
If you are in New York City in November, I have work in The Blogger Show at the Agni Gallery, and there is a public reception on Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Wish I could be there, so if you can go, please do, and let me know how it all looked. I will be at the December reception at Digging Pitt in Pittsburgh, and would be delighted to see you if you are in the neighborhood.