One of my clients gave me a wonderful Christmas gift, and she’s a good woman going through a lot of challenges. I didn’t expect anything from her, let alone everything she gave.
So, I asked her to text me a picture of her pooch. She had talked about him before, especially mentioning he was getting old enough he can’t handle walks anymore. I thought it would be a great thank you to draw a picture of him. So this is just me posting start to finish of the drawing.
The image she sent:
My drawing progression:
I just have to trim it down to the frame I have, and then the gift is complete. It was done on 9×12 paper, and my frame is 8×10, that’s why it’s off-set.
Specs: charcoal, graphite, and white pastel pencil on 9×12 Strathmore Bristol paper.
May you have good creative moments to end a crazy year and start a new one. May you find peace in your experience.
So this week brought a few just plain stupid things at work: proof I work with 40+ year-old teenagers. Boxes appearing where they shouldn’t be, a red pot I put in storage a week ago getting left on a table outside my office, things getting moved, and a decoration being hidden until the day after I took all the rest of the St. Pat’s day stuff to storage. Not to mention being privy to an outside provider’s jacket being hidden from her and other just plain mean actions.
It makes me realize how much I prefer being kind and considerate towards others, even or especially when those others might be cognitively delayed or naive. It takes far less effort to be kind than any one of those pranks took. And kindness never hurts.
I did laugh today. One of the mean girls used a new phrase intended as an insult to the employee most recently fired. Granted that person had caused inconveniences by changing paperwork that should have been left untouched by company policy. However, my laughter was not about who the phrase was directed to, more the rediculosoty of the phrase itself and the way it was said. It was an over the top insult fitting of the personality of the person delivering it. My response was “that’s a new one” with a good laugh. Sometimes those moments are needed, laughter is good medicine, but I had a moment after the fact where I wished it hadn’t been at another person’s expense, and especially that I hadn’t contributed to fanning mean girl flames. There’s more than enough of that to go around to begin with. Perhaps the universe can deliver me some more healthy comedic moments.
Anyway, what the universe did deliver was sunshine and warm enough weather for a wonderful walk. I took pictures of new growth, green beautiful things, Katherine exploring, and Birch trees catching the setting sun. Then when we got home Katherine danced and sung along to a song that SoundHound thought I should listen to. It was a very good spring evening.
After the Saturday concert (the group I played Oboe for), I way over glutened with the cookie reception. I payed for it (see my funny blog from a few days ago) & was hurting fierce. I tried a new to me medicine & it actually made matters worse. Insta inflammation. I won’t do that again.
By yesterday I was miserable & taking it out on everyone. I fell in the hole hard. Nathan didn’t realize what was happening til it was too late & I’d sent a bad text to someone else. Well damn, hope they forgive me.
I didn’t realize until this morning, and I’ve spent all day attempting to return to normal. I’m maybe 80% there.
Of my efforts today. Detox & drawing were the most time consuming, though I did the drawing mostly from the swing- basking in the sun naked. It brought me the most piece of mind of all my efforts.
I still have swollen feet and achy joints, but my mood is greatly improved.
So here’s the drawing start to finish.
Starting to fill in:
Adding more details:
Hint: the 2 white characters superimposed on the domes are Telugu script. A sigil if you will.