As I mentioned a short while ago, I’ve been ridiculously busy. Between birthday (Joshua), Thanksgiving (all of us), wrestling (Eli and Paul), laundry, dog walkies, fundraising for the Cross Country and Track teams, follow-up doctor’s appointments in distant cities, it seems like the last month has evaporated. I have managed to do some doodling (I *REFUSE* to call it zentangling, as I’ve been doing this sort of stuff since about 1973) and some sketching and visiting cool places in Portland, Maine….. here’s a taste:
Both the cat and owl were done in my new Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook which has 100-lb “plate” (very smooth) finish paper. I used HEAVY black ink (Pitt permanent) and there is very little show through (you can see a bit from the reverse side on the cat page). With regular sketch paper I wouldn’t be able to do ANYthing on the back side of the paper. TOTALLY love this sketchbook and paper. It is heavy enough for light water media, so I think this may become my sketchbook of choice. They also have a plate finish in heavier paper, and the journals come wirebound and hardbound, ivory or white paper. Nice!
And over Thanksgiving break, Max (younger brother of Eli’s wrestling coach) was home and came to chop down some trees. Sigh. This was a BEAUTIFUL tree. Plopped right in the middle of the yard. ???? Then, when we had to do some extensive ditching alongside the driveway to deal with water run-off, we discovered the previous owners planted this tree SMACK ON TOP of the power line to the house, which was about 24 inches below ground. HELLO? Can you say “root damage?” Out there alone this tree could easily get toppled by a wind gust, ripping up the main power line to our house. So down it came. Ditto for the two trees the previous owners planted right on top of the power box and meter and the one tree right on top of the water wellhead. WHAT were they thinking? WERE they thinking? They did so many things correctly (because the house is well-built and we love it) that it makes one wonder.
Since we feel like it is nearly criminal to cut down trees, we are sad.
I’ll share more about the trip to Portland in a post soon! It involves old stuff and art!