How is it the fifth week of this project already? Is that a typo? Huh. Anyway!
January 1st was actually painted on the second part of Dec. 22nd’s spread (see that spread here), because the last little bit of this sketchbook got all tripped up, continuity-wise. Which is pretty fitting for how the end of the year works. I’m just happy there are any paintings at all to share.
Also, we need to talk about the Cardio Tramp. Is it… a trampoline on its side? I suppose you probably have a room large enough to not worry about hitting your head on a wall as you do this if you’re in the market for a $2700 side trampoline. I don’t understand how exercise works, obviously. Does anyone else think the name sounds like something that might get hurled at a gym-going lady behind her back? As in “Ugh, that Desiree. What a cardio tramp.”
The second half of this spread is filled up with drawings and writings from my daughter that I’ve saved.
January 3 & 4th:
I’m reading Lynda Barry’s excellent Syllabus* this week, and I think it’s having an effect on my work without me trying to do very much. These two dissolved sort of portraits randomly developed. Fun!
There’s an excellent thing she says in the book that’s stuck with me: “There’s the drawing you are trying to make and the drawing that actually being made – and you can’t see it until you forget what you were trying to do.” This makes so much sense to me, and I remember that feeling from days long, long ago when I could just paint all afternoon, and it was going really, really well.
This is a sort of dissolved self portrait featuring my NEW GLASSES which are huge. And sparkly purple.
Jan 5 & 8:
When in doubt, just draw a sassy dog on it. That’s what I do, anyway.
*Yes, that’s an affiliate link. No, I wasn’t compensated to review this book. I just liked it and I thought you might, too. And also, you know, art supply money would be nice.