Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Those run around days

Tomorrow we are expecting ice, and snow. Knowing I'd be
out in that I was desperate to get snow tires today. I've never
put them on before, but every winter when I drive to class
it's a nail biting, hair raising experience in bad weather.
So I did it.

I also took back the beautiful art book Steven gave me for
my birthday, which is so heavy I actually hurt my arm
carrying it. It's a book about Canadian women artists
who are certainly not given enough space, either in
Canadian art books, or art galleries. But I've told you
that before. Independent Spirit is a huge book filled with
gorgeous work by Canadian women artists, and I was determined
to get an excellent copy. Steven was not well at the time
of my birthday, and didn't notice that the book was
damaged all the way through. I felt great about
getting a perfect copy because it was such a deeply
thoughtful gift.

I know I am so lucky to have a partner who respects my
work, and helps and encourages me any way he

Quick sketch of my son Christopher
trying for minimal line
marker on bond paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

I've been reading essays for school -- so many essays
and as I was getting them by email, I printed them
off before I read them -- and I also ran out of ink
today, so had to go out and buy cartridges. Not the
most riveting news -- but vital to my life all the same.

Mary Talking
more detailed sketch
in black and orange marker on Bond paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

All in all it has been a productive day.
I'm including a very quick sketch tonight, and
another more in-depth drawing.
I did the sketch of Christopher talking to him on
Skype, and started the sketch of Mary while talking to
her on Skype. I like the way she looks mid-conversation.
I couldn't see her husband Peter very well, so he's far
less defined. Mary is the friend I've known longest in
the world. I love her, and miss her. She lives in
Vancouver, at the other side of the country. Whenever
we get together it feels like there's just been a short
break in the conversation.

Have a keeping-your-mind-joyous day!


Theresa Rankin said...

Thank God you have snow tires and ink!!! The drawings as always are wonderful and fresh. I must have ink, also...and snow tires were a must when I lived in the mountains of Utah! I hope you can relax some on your way to class and errands!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Theresa,

Sometimes I'm astounded at how long
it takes to do the simplest errand in a big city. That doesn't mean I crave small town life, it just means I always think I can accomplish at least double what I actually get done.
The snow tires sure came in handy today in freezing rain, ice pellets and snow.

Take care,

Portrait Artist

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