Growing up I was always told “You can’t beat nature, you have to work with it.” This was usually said by my concerned parents at times when I refused to wear a coat in winter or drink enough in summer. But as I’ve grown, I think of it is one of the truest things I know and I’m continually surprised at how radical a concept it is.
So here I am, enjoying the unknowable timing of nature. When I’ve given birth before I’ve been lucky enough to work with nature and have good outcomes. Don’t get me wrong, I know Nature is brutal. But it is also ancient and the millenniums have carved out routes and roads for us ephemeral creatures to follow.
Roethke’s poem The Waking is in my head often these days. I was thinking about these lines when I was drawing
Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.
I’m getting a new project going that I am more than a little excited about. While I work up the momentum, here’s a warm up sketch I made of Art3mis from Ready Player One. And a zombie fox head. Cause my brain sketches in a stream of consciousness sort of way.
I’d like to get a picture of Art3mis made in her space armor and double swords. One day.
When we were dating Aaron learned that being with me meant being drawn. He’s taken it pretty well.
He spent last night reading Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. It’s a great book. You should read it.
Miri and I went for a rainy day walk. She made sure her rain boots did their duty.
Another bedtime sketch. Miri in Footie pajamas, listening to a curious George story.
I’ve been doing a little sketching during story time. M likes to curl up with her dad.
Battle likes to curl up by himself. No touching! Or he’ll bite. But he’s a reliable sketch subject so I suppose he earns his keep.