Hello, again. Winter has finally found its way to the Twin Cities. The good thing about having to bundle up to leave the house is I finally found myself appropriately dressed for the tundra that is the Cub Foods freezer section. There must be a study circulating amongst grocers that found people buy more Van de Camp breaded fish planks when they’re on the verge of hypothermia. Perhaps the cold emanating from the coolers causes our bodies to seek extra calories. Who knows.
I do know that the cold also causes me to seek the comfort of my bed with three blankets layered on top of a flannel sheet – and seek it earlier and earlier in the evening. All this is my way of rationalizing a short post tonight. …counterproductive, since it took me just as long to write this introduction as it would have to write insightful paragraphs about the drawing below:
This one was completed a little while ago, as is made evident by the date in the lower right corner. I can also tell you exactly how long it to complete, since that valuable information is also provided on the paper. What may be a little less apparent is that the drawing was executed on 18″ x 24″ newsprint, and that the ink was applied using a twig pulled from a tree on my way into the figure drawing session.
All joking aside; very small sticks actually make great drawing tools. You can snap them to whatever length you like. They work like a cross between a pen and a brush. Plus, they boast oddly shaped ends. This discourages fussy ink application, and actually offers myriad possibilities once you get a little familiar with the instrument. As a bonus, you won’t be out much money when the thing inevitably breaks in two, or is forgotten somewhere outside your house.
I will drift to sleep tonight with a smile, picturing the lucky cardinal or chickadee who found it, and built its nest with little, black-tipped twigs.