Monday, July 4, 2016

happy day of your choice


Thank you for your kind comments on my little ink drawings - I really appreciate your encouragement. I haven't done much drawing since I was a youngster, and more or less stopped completely as I became a photographer. Come to think of it, before #DrawingAugust2015, my last attempt at drawing or painting was an intensive week-long class at a museum school. It was intense; drawing all morning and painting all afternoon. The funny part is, I was taking classes because my first photography show was coming up and I wanted access to the museum's darkroom. That's where I was at night!

Ancient history. Or herstory.


But now, just picking up a pen or (exciting! new!) watercolor pencils and playing around is probably a good habit for me to try to develop. It both requires and allows the kind of focus that puts every recirculating thought - big or small, but nagging, all - out of my mind for a little while.

The perpetual Task List.
The neighbors with their illegal fireworks.
Whether Piper needs a dental appointment.
If an affordable vehicle will miraculously appear.
And if so, will it be before my car implodes?

And so on.

So....

when a half-hour walk over hill and dale
with a happy companion...



takes you to a studio that looks like this...




and you've remembered to bring insect repellent,
a water bottle, and treats for the mid-sketching game of

"Waaaait....go FIND it!"...

"This is the Waaaait part! Look how good I am at this!"

well, it's a gift to spend 15 minutes or so in quiet focus.

On a little plant next to your knee, say.


And even if you have to get back up and walk again,



before you can sit a little while longer...


It's all good.

Piper says so! 
~~~

If you celebrate Independence Day,
I hope you are having a good one!

And if you don't celebrate the Fourth of July, perhaps you might consider celebrating Piper Day? It's a floating holiday, comes around as often as you like, and is suitable for celebrating in all sorts of happymaking ways :)

"Everybody loves Piper Day!"
~~~~~

15 comments:

  1. Oh, I'll celebrate Piper Day anytime! Wish I could be there to provide special behind-the-ear-and-tummy skritches in person.

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    1. She would follow you all the way back to Canada! Then it could be an International holiday!

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  2. I like they idea of Piper Day a lot. Yes, doing that.

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  3. Huzzah for Piper Day.

    It's been great weather the last few days. Those are wonderful pictures of the woods.

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    1. Yes! We've had three days of heavenly weather, and it certainly put a spring in everyone's step!

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  4. Piper looks so happy! And I really like your sketches. They look perfect for water color (something I never could get the hang of).

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    1. Have you ever tried water color pencils? Sometimes a New Thing to experiment with opens up an ability to let go and play :)

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  5. Yes indeed! I'd much prefer to celebrate Piper Day with a romp through the woods and a sketching session. :)

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  6. Piper day sounds pretty good. And I love the look of your studio. I do admire people with the talent to draw, paint - or indeed make anything!

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  7. I like the idea of Piper Day. I bet that no yahoos shoot off guns from 10-11PM at night on Piper Day!

    It sounds like you and Piper have had lovely dates, enjoying the verdant NE forest and making wonderful drawings! Wow - you have so many talents!

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  8. Great photos! Piper looks like such a happy soul to have as a companion. Happy Piper Day!

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  9. Those watercolor pencils would inspire me too :) Piper Day sounds like a great plan!

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