The prompt yesterday was to draw a layout of a room. I ended up thinking about the house I grew up in. I ended up posting it on my FB page which drew a lot of interest among family and friends. And other folks checking in with what they remember about where the grew up as well. Tender memories.
It's amazing that I haven't lived in that house for 66 years but I can still remember where we put the Christmas tree, where the wasp stung me in the kitchen one summer, and how the morning glories looked climbing up the house near the kitchen window. I remember the upstairs window overlooking the croquet games in the evening, where mother kept the box of our curls tied in ribbons that were our first haircuts, sitting on the stoop with our trading cards... the smell of the apple blossoms in the orchard next door, the sound of the corn rustling in dad's garden, the picket fence by the lilac bush, the sidewalk where we chalked the hop scotch and the driveway where we put our handprints in the cement one summer day and all those elm trees that later died and had to be replanted due to Dutch elm disease. I could go on and on. What a great prompt.
This little sketch is done in my studio here in Florida of some of the materials I am putting together for a drawing class I am taking this summer in Wisconsin. I believe "in making plans" and having things to look forward to. Keeps the juices flowing. The materials needed are simple...some different kinds of leads with varying hardnesses and a good eraser, a fine book of instruction, and good paper. The classes start in June.
I decided on a little inventory of some of the various pencils I already own include some charcoal pencils of various hardnesses and some carbon pencils which are almost as dark! I am reminded that I own a few water soluble graphite pencils as well.
Colored pencils are a whole other ballgame and not part of this class but as long as I was on a binge of pencils...I decided to inventory some of the "watercolor" pencils and crayons I own. And that is not even touching the regular colored pencils (for another day).
I am reminded of a little bit I saw in the internet recently which appears to apply here...