Studio Urban Sketching

Urban Sketchers has never allowed people who were stuck at home for either surgery
or recouping or just unable to get out due to their medical issues to sketch their environment.  After being laid up literally on my back for three months, I really
questioned the wisdom of that discrimination.  You can still sketch your world —
but they apparently thought that a convalescents world was not interesting enough.

Now they are all stuck at home
so they changed the rules! 

Perhaps the stay-at-home orders will allow Urban Sketchers
to develop compassion and a shift in consciousness for shut-ins.
Perhaps those stuck at home for the various long-term reasons can continue to use
the hashtag #uskathome and participate.  I find it humorous that the sketches are
just as interesting — it is all about the sketcher, the detail, etc.

Anywho, I haven’t done any urban sketching at home but I did at the studio, above and below.  Above, the view from my computer desk, which I’ve sketched
dozens of times in many types of weather…

Below, studio cats have to have places to be that they really enjoy.
A client abandoned a chair to us and until we upholster it they enjoy the hell out of it.
Behind are our conservation books, which the cats also enjoy reading.
We hope one day they will make us proud by being able to work on objects!

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Covid-19 Oatmeal Florentines

(Above sketch in DeAtrementis Document Brown ink
with Super5 Frankfurt diluted used for shadows…. watercolor later)

We didn’t have what was needed and we are nto going to the market for a long time….
LONG TIME!  So we made do.
They tasted good, turned out a bit like a lumpy oaty nutty chewy Florentine.

They’d be good over ice cream.  If we had some.

Silver Palate’s Messed With Oatmeal Cookies

Again, as I thought to make these substitutions, I heard my mom loud and clear saying,
“Don’t mess with the baking recipes until you’ve tried it!”
Of course mom isn’t around to deal with Covid-19.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease the pan with butter.

2/3 c softened butter
1.5 c brown sugar (one reason we ended up with flat cookies)
1 egg
2 T water
1 t vanilla extract
Cream and set aside.

2/3 c wheat flour
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
In second mixing bowl, combine and then add to the wet mixture

3 C   oats (that is 3 cups oats not 3 coats silly,
and the second reason we ended up with flat cookies)
1 c walnuts

1 c dried sweetened cranberries
Obviously add them slowly and mix….  Bake 15-17 minutes.
Do not  let them sit or they turn into bricks!!!!

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Sending Postcards

Everyone enjoys a handwritten note!
And a doodly posie or a work of art makes it more special…

What are you waiting for?
Get your writing on —
spruce up someone’s life!

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Covid-19 Journal, 1

Made a little folding journal…
Not a celebration…
Not high art…
Just me trying to get through my days…
I’ll publish from time to time…
Starting on the New Moon.


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Covid-19 Desk Delivery

The infamous desk.  Okay, maybe not infamous.
Yes, I sketched it and write about it, venting like crazy.
I can’t share it because I don’t want some crazy ass lawyer
deciding he wants a piece of me.

Let’s leave om a high note…

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Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon, finished this journal.
I love it when that happens…

Silence for a few days, and as we’ve gathered our thoughts for how to work with this crazy Covid-19 virus, I can begin work tomorrow a bit more centered…  I didn’t have the energy to write my Lojong posting but am working the slogans and that is a comfort.  I love when I finish a journal in time for the New Moon, because then I am journaling in sync with the moon, and that is lovely.  I admit I filled pages with rants and thoughts
and can’t share them with you because clients and relatives are still alive or I would.  Be safe, take care of you and yours, be kind, and heed warnings.

Anyone else finding great quotes?

Follow your intuition for yourself.
Take time for silence, which most of us
don’t do often enough for our souls.

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SoCS: Welcome

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises,
and participate in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday  whenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can join us!

The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “welcome.”

What an odd word when
in fact, most people are
NOT welcome right now,
with many of us in isolation.

I think I am a bit stunned
right now.  After fighting
with a client and her
lawyer, both of whom were
in denial about the virus
as if it is a hoax, and we
are pretty worn out.  We’ve
taken a couple days off
to regroup… I am sketching
and writing madly in my journal when I get scared.

And I am finally scared.

A friend’s relative, a healthy middle-aged teacher died
of the virus.   Somehow knowing someone who
has died of it makes it hit home.  Before I was
cautious… but now there
is a bit of a panick that
comes to me sometimes.

I worry about older folks
who are isolated.  Mine are
all dead now, but I think about the ones I don’t know.

What is there to welcome?

Okay, Spring, though I
wonder how much most
of us will see it unless we
live in the country because cities are not where you
want to be out and about.
We both welcome laughter,
and are watching Trevor
Noah do his Daily Social Distancing show… and I
watch a Simon’s Cat
whenever I get blue — see
below if you don’t know
about Simon’s Cat.

I think artists and creatives fare better in isolation that most —
a lot of us are fine with our thoughts and so can take advantage of it.
I’ve spent days and weeks in isolation working on paintings back in the day and
didn’t miss people.  But for those who are uncomfortable with it, this is hard.

Mitchell and I will be working, alone together, and no one is at risk for it.
You caught me in a not very upbeat mood in this Stream of Consciousness writing,
and it is what it is…  Please take the warnings seriously.  Read the WHO
daily for updates — they are much better than the Trump-run CDC.

From a photo by Dan Antion, fellow lover of squirrels.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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