Perhaps less chatting and more posting of process. A watercolor bouquet of three of five sunflowers Art brought me after Rick’s death, with the original sketch.
After a long hiatus, Fluffy is back writing songs and playing again, and we have reformed the Silver Kittens (without Steve). So now it is Fluffy, Muffy and Possum. We decided to shoot some photos at Ann’s Failure Farm, a beautiful location, and Art offered to do the camera-ing with my Dx40 (Thanks, Dave!) of 378 shots, at least 70 were suitable for reproduction. It’s a shame we didn’t do some costume changes, the series would have stretched much farther–although Muffy and I got in some test shots at the beginning. What fun, we are a fun band on so many levels, and very close friends, having gone through terrible losses and fun adventures together.
At last I have begun to sketch a bit, with my morning pages of ritual journaling, I left pages blank so something drawn will find its way in. I have a clear plastic lunchbox with my Prismacolor and Derwent pencils, and an electric pencil sharpener on the dining table. I have been spending every morning in bed because it is too cold to get up–I read, I journal, I drink coffee and eat oatmeal there. I was watching dvd’s on the laptop until it slipped off the little stool and crashed–opening up hours of my life, so 15 minutes to half an hour of a simple sketch, starting with my wonderful new dark-color uniball pens. I especially like the purple-black for laying in silhouette trees or shadow stuff. Also there is writing on the back. If I had posted it in reverse could you read my journal? “It is the wind that brought the cold I got, the loss of Jean that put me into prolonged illness and exhaustion. Friday 10 PM: Mollie gave me 2 beeswax candles. She lit a white candle for me and Steve at the U.U. church on Christmas Eve. I am burning a candle now for him, to conjure his help. The table is arrayed with art photographs and inspiration + a journal + the book The Artist’s Way. After I cleared the clutter of Christmas and travel there is a clear message of creativity there.”