I am getting the hang of this drawing project, and enjoying the process of deciding the subject of the day and studying it.
We have a "zen" corner of our livingroom. It consists of a makeshift altar with a beautiful gourd vessel that has twigs coming out from its opening. This gourd was a gift from our dear friend Kylie when she came to visit us couple of weeks ago from Chicago-land. It has the most beautifully smooth contours and spots reminiscent of a mixture between Chinese brush painting and a Jackson Pollock painting, if you know what I mean.
And the twigs! These twigs were foraged when we visited our friend Vicki on Anderson Island, WA, and they are just a reminder of the great hikes and lickens and uznias that are abundant there in the great Northwest. Oh, how I love them.
The gourd and the twigs create the "zen" space, and I would say it's the most peaceful space in our house.
My favorite drawing so far!
Today's subject was somewhat not as zen.... it's my left hand. It is a very good friend of mine, it is usually not as recognized as my other, but when it comes to playing the cello, i cannot live without.
Okay, it's way past due. But here is the thing. It's not too late to begin now.
Introducing my new personal project....A Drawing A Day.
So many things around my life triggered the conception of this project. So many things. The continuously changing colors, the changing landscapes; though this time, it is somewhat familiar... Yes, my move to Iowa celebrated its first year last week. Wow, so fast.
My longing love for subtle change in thickness and direction of lines, my visit to my art professor at my college after nine years, posing for my retired drawing professor landlord at his atelier inspired me to start making marks and lines of my own.
Just one drawing per day. No matter how simple or small. That is the essence.
I started on the first day of October. Now I have a stack. Here they are to share.
-Draw once a day, no matter how small or simple.
-Draw from life. No using pictures allowed!!!
My goal originally was to post the drawing each day, but I haven't gotten that far yet. Maybe somewhere along the line...
More and more as I get older, I'm finding it harder to find new friends that I can really connect on a deeper, heart-to-heart level. But once I find one, it makes my heart tingle with a greater amplitude like never before.
Well now I am in a new territory and I have found a very new special friend. She love me dearly, she shares her snacks with me generously, and so importantly, when I go visit her she screams my name, "Sai!! Sai!!!!" (on a better day, she calls me "Sayu!!") and dashes over to my legs and gives me a giant hug.
Creating an underwater sanctuary playroom has been keeping me busy for the last couple of weeks now. This room is a tiny tiny space underneath the staircase in their home in Iowa City, it has an interesting layout with a varying range of ceiling height both slanted and horizontal! Perfect for a cozy sitting/reading area with a comfy rug and an underwater oasis mural filled with love. And felted fish cushions!!! And jellies (of course!) floating amidst the twinkling lights!!
Elynn likes to point out her mom's favorite fish on the wall. I ask, "What is YOUR favorite fish??", she points fish on every wall and gives me a huge smile.
Happy Birthday to you, my little one! Can we come over for slumber parties ALL the time!??