Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  It has been a busy last couple weeks for me.  Two Sundays ago we celebrated Mom's birthday with a festive Mexican soup dinner.  I worked a long shift at work, came home and changed, then went straight home to join everyone.  The dinner was delicious and Mom enjoyed her presents.  Happy late Birthday, Mama Bear!

We've had some rather odd weather the last week.  One day it's in the high sixties, the next day it flurry-snows!  While it's been nice to not have to bundle up every time I go outside, I'm still holding out for some more snow.  It's also been nice to open my windows and let in some fresh air.

I've also been spending some time with the old charcoal and pastel sets.  I started with a portrait of Princess Leia as sort of a warmup exercise.  You know, get back in the habit of charcoal drawing again.  Next up, I decided to draw another great fictional female character, Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings.  This time I decided to add a little color.  I've always thought Peter Jackson was a little reserved and traditional in his portrayals of the fantasy races.  Doesn't she look better with blue hair?!

Neither of them are perfect, or really look like the actresses, but they were fun to do and a great way to get used to drawing with charcoal and chalk again.  I'd like to do a full color one next, maybe a landscape!

Other than that I've just been working, doing a bit of homework here and there, and going home for dinner every few nights.  A couple days ago Mom surprised me with a nice series of wave prints she found online!  You know me: anything with waves and I'm sold!  You can't see it in the picture, but they're actually made with newspaper clippings.  I still have to get some frames, but they look great on the wall above my bed.

(photos by e.hunt)