looking east. soon I hope.
can’t stop thinking about the beach. when we stop in tomorrow I’ll ask what they think of us getting away. Ned has always loved sunrises. told me that he and Sam often took a minute or two to watch when in Vietnam. so long ago. but never far from their minds. We can visit the shore again. it’s hokey I know but it won’t be the same. it can be better. each sunrise is a new beginning.
it’s a snow white party. I can count six of them already. children don’t care if they’re wearing the same thing as their friends. ooops… 2 more just arrived.
<—- snow white splotch from closing the book before dry.
started with her hair & glasses. we’re watching Jurassic Park. original. I was inspired by Laura Dern’s hair and glasses but that’s all. should have drawn a velociraptor instead. wonder if I could do that from memory too.
shopping with Beth. we’re trying new things. she’s got the cold brew coffee while I’m trying the Chai Latte. sweet & spicy. like me. hardly. well sometimes I guess.
they’re still looking to hire. not me. I’m beyond that. a teacher’s grading tests as he has his venti. I remember those days.
and she’s gone. think it’s a wig. just hanging out with friends. prettier than I can make her.
they’re everywhere with their silly orange feet. eyes too.
friday night. watching the Red Sox. losing now. Sam came & we had dinner together. volunteered to help cat sit when we finally get away. friends have called but he’s the only one to really be there day in and day out. He and Ned have known each other longer than we’ve been married. been through a lot together.
Lion grrrl. except she’s sweet.
vacation. holiday. whatever you want to call it, it’s on my mind. Both Eva & Beth separately asked us what’s next. Well 1st off we need to get Ned’s strength up but we both want to fit in a little time away. a driving vacation would be perfect without having to meet any timelines. I’ve always been able to drive for hours. the atlantic coast? beach walks would be good for both of us. fresh air & seafood. but how far afield should we roam? if we do Maine we could be home within the day if we wanted. two if we went farther like MD. I love Annapolis. too early though.
heart shaped face. needs more forehead.
prepping for tonight’s portrait session. only have an hour and I’d love to be able to blast out one without my pencil lines. they’re too prominent on her nose. not too bad elsewhere. eyes still too big but not bad considering she’s from memory. maybe more life drawing should be my next goal.
harsh lighting. it aged her.
Wanda modeled tonight. used my spiral watercolor book.
way too much going on this morning. took out my book but not able to even open it. everyone stopped around to congratulate Ned! He’s a fan favorite there and being as outgoing as he is, he’s made friends. We’ll give it a couple weeks and we’ll stop in.
came home to see Sam sawing down the branches that came down last month. said he’ll take them down to the landfill later. They’ve rented a chipper.
dead tree against the sky. clouds rolling in.
hemlock cones the size of my thumbnail.
squirrels are tame already. it’s early.
beautiful day. deep blue skies punctuated by thin white clouds. mackerel sky to the south. tried adding them to my dead tree thumbnail but they just don’t read like anything except squiggles. We pulled out some chairs so we could sit in the sun for a while but Ned went in when it started to cloud up. I can’t. it’s our 1st day in the 70s. even our neighbors’s daughter is out. we’ve lived here since she was born and I probably can count the number of times I’ve seen her on one hand. never see her mom either but Ed and I talk a bit. all started when I called Ned and he answered.
willow branches. yes. it’s really that wavy. Buddha!
ouch! I don’t know what I’ve done but my forearm hurts. aches when I pick up my pencil.
little control. lost the likeness. advil & go to bed.
Georgia and Annie popped by this morning. it’s back to school for them after school vacation. spun tales of Disney, Mickey and more! so cute. lucky to have kids in the neighborhood again.
nuthatch on maple.
earth day. the girls have gone to join the clean up by the river.
new art bag and a robin. no relation other than I started the bag when the robin caught my eye as she? he? foraged in the front yard. probably happy to find bugs and maybe even a worm now that the snow has gone.
the brushes arrived this afternoon. need to make time to see how they’ll preform. will one of them replace this one eventually? maybe.
upright stance white around eye.
I struggle so with cat faces. eye in profile upper slight curve lower deeper.