If it’s too clean it means you didn’t use it.
I have hundreds of art supplies, but I usually only use a few of them.
This box is perfect for travel, but I end up using it around the house all the time.
I use a pencil to draw the initial picture, then I use watercolor pencils throughout the process. At the end I use them to accentuate the details.
Most of my work is done in little sketchbooks, so I don’t usually need my large palette full of colors. But when I do larger works, I love to use my Robert Simmons Sienna brushes. These little Niji waterbrushes are excellent for small works.
I don’t know why I always draw and paint faces. I think it’s because I’m trying to figure life out and I’m looking for answers or insight in the faces I draw. Maybe that’s it; maybe not.
In March I always think of my artist journals and my dad’s birthday. I remember the weather. And I often write poetry in March . . .
Which brings me back to writing. I’m supposed to be on a marathon “write” now, so I shall return to it.
Golden thoughts for my golden dog.
It sounds dramatic to say, “I’m no stranger to death.” I mean, melodramatic. Instead I’ll say, “I’m no stranger to grief.” (I just remembered/realized that Jesus was “acquainted with grief . . .”) Sometimes I say I don’t grieve well and other times I say it’s one of my accomplishments. The fact is, when someone I love dies I take it hard and I take it long.
Remember that movie A Beautiful Mind? The Russell Crowe character figured out when he was hallucinating because the little girl never grew up. It is similar for me. I can tell I’m in grief-induced depression because I can’t tell how my words affect others and I take things wrong. I’m ignorant and delusional, I guess.
I’m hoping to wake up one day and feel OK again. In the meantime, I’m rewriting parts of my book wherein my Main Character has experienced a significant loss. In addition to having researched the stages of grief for her, I am observing them in myself. And I’m able to give an accurate, non-objective flavor to her grieving.
And I gotta admit, it kind of tickles me to write in little scenes I never thought of before.