I’m glad today is the last day of June. June isn’t my favorite month and this year proved to be extra difficult.
Jet died on June 17th between 6:18 – 7:40pm. I checked on him and then went to mow the easement and back yard. I came back in and David was up, and told me Jet was gone. I was glad he wasn’t suffering anymore but I really had a hope he would recover. When talking with coworkers about pets, I’ve caught myself still saying “I have 4 cats”. I bought a small Bast statue for him, as I did with our kitten Kali ,who died about 20 years ago. I didn’t realize it was so tiny when I bought it, but it’s now sitting up with Kali’s Bastet.
I’ve been sketching more this month. There’s been 2 outings to a nearby park, one demo at a friend’s coffee shop and today I’ll be driving to a farm about an hour away to sketch live chickens for World Sketch a Chicken Day. I don’t draw from live animals much. It’s such a challenge because they refuse to stay still. I’ve done gesture drawings of the corgis as they’re sleeping or chewing on their toys but they still move constantly. I may pack a bit more than my simple purse travel kit.
Oh, that reminds me… I simplified my travel kit a bit. Instead of a 12 half-pan Windsor & Newton travel palette, I used some blue poster tack and stuck 6 half pans (yellow, red, blue, burnt sienna, titan buff and yellow ocher) into a small tin, and cut down a make up sponge to fill up the rest of the tin. It’s been challenging since I have to mix my greens but I love that it’s so lightweight and takes up no room in my purse.
I’m also geocaching more and will be in the next 3 weeks with the Hidden Creatures souvenirs going on currently. I’ve only managed to find Bigfoot but will sign some puzzle caches I have solved as I drive back into town from the farm chicken sketching outing. I have 65 puzzles solved (I honestly never thought I’d ever work puzzle caches!) and I made a list of all the 1/1 skirt lifters so I hope to hit my 100 mark quickly.
That’s my catch up for the rest of the month. There are a few other things, but I’m saving those for another post. Now I’ll decide what art supplies to pack today. Chicken Sketch Posts forthcoming!