Thursday, May 21, 2009
Gazeboing & Other Good Verbs
This is a little off the cuff (I should be painting, well, always) but I haven't blogged for a while and feeling a bit lost and lonely for all that.
I was visiting friends for the weekend, up on the Magnetawan River, chilly weather and hungry bugs kept us indoors when we weren't out walking. While the conversations are fantastic, I always bring a little something to do. This time I brought my Inktense pencil and a bunch of pre-cut ACEO cards. Lucky me, as we spent much time in their handbuilt gazebo on a rock peninsula. Ah, the luxuries that clever frugal people can come up with. The gazebo was completely built of surplus lumber, and windows found in the local dump. On a sunny day, it warms itself, and we lounge on foam padded benches, the four of us sprawled across the furniture and each other like sleeping cats, & sleep does happen under these idyllic circumstances. Somehow I managed to keep awake and produce this image as the sun painted the west behind the screen of wind-warped sapling. I felt so neo-Victorian, discussing literature & philosophy with friends, lounging like time itself comes in unlimited quantities and sketching delicately with my pencils. I mentioned this, but was told I would have needed a white billowing multi-buttoned blouse and voluminous skirts. These items were not packed in my duffel bag.
In contrast, these people who practically live off the grid (they have electricity, but no plumbing, road access or home phone) do now own 2 laptop computers and access the internet instantly via Rogers Rocket Stick (portable internet). There is something bizarrely futuristic about surfing the net under such primitive conditions.
Now, feeling a little more connected, back to what I should be doing.
Image: 2.5 x 3.5 bristol, Inktense Pencils, colourless blender. Looks like the kit plus colourless blender is a perfect travelling companion, giving options to do watercolour, pencil crayon or a combination of both.
PPS. My Coloured Pencil project is finished, but I need a softly overcast day to get a decent photo of it as it's way to big to scan, and too burnished for flash photography.