January 2008 Archives
I've had this bag less than a month and have discovered that it is the perfect size for me. Big enough to hold: camera, sketchbook, notebook, phone, wallet, pencil case, keys, small digital gear, and lunch or knitting. Enough so that I can leave for the day and feel as if I'll probably have what I need. So the new plan seems to be to carry my laptop in a sleeve case and then take this bag. I'm sure there will be days when my backpack or a big messenger bag will make sense again, just as there will be moments when I go out with nothing but what's in my pockets - but for now, this is working.
In through the window, out around the back, back through the window, and off jumps Jack!*
My daughter learned to knit today - she's been asking for months, and today we went to the yarn store in our neighborhood, bought her some kid-sized needles and bulky yarn. She picked a variegated ball of magenta, turquoise, and green, and is already going strong - wanted to stay up late tonight in order to knit more. (Hmm... wonder where she gets that from?) I got myself some beautiful Regia washable wool sock yarn, which knits up in stripes. Lots of fun on a gray and chilly Saturday afternoon.
*That's how I remembered the rhyme when I was teaching her - I've since found other versions online.
My right thumb and finger can be drawn from themselves, but I draw my left thumb by looking at my right thumb and drawing as if I'm looking in the mirror. Once I start, it's not difficult to see that way - perhaps that's part of being left-handed. (I find these empty sketchbook pages so inviting - no program, no expectation, just open space for exploration and experiment.)
I was given this travel mug for Christmas. Tonight, after drawing it, I got out a brush and let myself paint stylized flames and color around it. I'm not sure why, but it felt like the right thing to do as I went along. One color led to another, and then, just as suddenly as I'd started, I was ready to stop. So I did.
Five, and not six, because they arranged themselves better on the page. I don't know how Persephone was able to resist eating more of them - I have trouble stopping.
Happy New Year to one and all. Our day was spent in transit, with a pause in the Honolulu airport. I painted these leis at a flower stall there, while the rest of my family was eating an early supper or tending to the luggage at the gate.
Today was also a chance to reflect. For me, this small daily habit of drawing and posting to this blog has brought with it such richness of experience and community - for which I am so grateful. Thank you for your thoughts and wishes, for your visits and comments. I wish you a year full of peace and joy and love and creation.