A New Direction

I’ve been listening to The Thrilling Adventure Hour and drawing some unusual new things. These new pieces are larger and more exacting than my tiny sketches, but I think they grew out of the abstract experiments I’ve been exploring in the little book. I like them!

Here is the first one I’ve completed. These take forever!

First Color, 7" x 8"


All the flowers!

Lewsisia catyledon

Lewisia catyledon

Most days my one connection with beauty and creativity is looking at flowers and sometimes taking pictures of them. I walk around Slabtown on my breaks and see a lot of wonderful things.

I think I long for this process to compensate for the chilling absence of any plant life in my home. It’s a rather bleak landscape for the daughter of a nursery-woman.

But alas, my rather inventive/bored/eccentric cat likes to eat them to stubs, block his intestines, and rack up epic vet bills. Also, I have no yard.

And this botanical emptiness in my life has led me to the only real solace I can find; taking thousands of pictures of plants.

Which I am now sharing with you at my new blog Mouselet!

Because how else am I going to present the endless flood of flower pics I take?

The neighbor's wisteria

The neighbor’s wisteria

Prometheus and OKCupid

Now that I work in management and nearly every one of my friends is married or in a serious long-term committed relationship (and so are all of their friends), I have accepted that if I want to look for a partner, its time to try the internet.

So a couple of weeks ago I went on my first blind date with an okc’er. I put on a dress and some make up, went to a bar and sat myself down at a table to hopefully meet someone interesting, and didn’t manage to meet anyone at all. I was stood up.

But I had an IPA, my sketchbook and two unexpectedly free hours to kill. So I enjoyed my beer and drew the soul sucking lamprey-cobra-manta rays from Prometheus. It seemed like the most appropriate subject matter for that session.

Please be kind and remember that this is barely 2″ wide and less that 4.5″ long. It’s a teeny tiny drawing. So if the lines look rough, trust me, it looks fine in person.

Feeling much better

I’m working on a larger piece that has this as the central image. Its going to take me a while, but I wanted to post a bit of what I’m working on.

The drawing is already more involved than this excerpt, but I want to save a bit of a surprise.

And more hearts!

I spent most of today and yesterday knitting, but a good image of my creations requires lighting and a backdrop and enthusiasm and…

So I’m hoping to post my progress tomorrow… maybe…