Needing to get back into the studio to the last two pasta bowls before they dried too much to add the drawing, my drawing today is again in clay. This will finish these four big bowls and the coloring is also starting to fill in. Hopefully, these will go into a bisque fire in a few days.
Tomorrow I will be back to pencil for the next couple of days to finish out the 30 day challenge.
For me, drawing a landscape can be extremely overwhelming. As you can see, I didn’t get this drawing finished today. But I still put marks on paper and sat in the sun for a long time, enjoying the scene and the breeze. A simply perfect summer day.
Drawing on site is also difficult because the light and the cloud cover is constantly changing so while you may be trying to draw a shadow, the next minute you may have full sun.There is so much detail in each individual tree that it makes it really hard to narrow down and edit the drawing to complete the idea. Plus, I was getting cooked in the sun even with the temperatures 20 degrees cooler than at my house down in the Shenandoah Valley. This is a drawing that I could come back to and complete at a later date or turn it into a painting with much more interest. All in all, the experience of drawing today was a meditation of the meadow that I shared with bumble bees and the scent of the Joe-Pye weed they were dancing on.
Today marks 500 days since my son John passed away. I was told that after 1000 days that life will start to feel normal again. I picked up the bottom stone beside the Rouge River when we drove him and his dog Jake, to Grant’s Pass, Oregon in 2013. The middle stone I picked up on the beach in Johnstone Strait, BC when Herb and I went sea kayaking for our 50th birthday and the top stone is one that I got at the grief workshop that I did back in May. The three stones create a cairn which hikers use to mark their trail.