I needed comfort this week, not adventure, so I chose to draw on the back deck with my Pentel Stylo pen, which allowed me time to recover. I sat outside for my prescribed 20 minutes of sun, and followed the directions of a good book, The Curious Nature Guide, by Clare W. Leslie.
I made sketches in answer to the questions she asked.
What was in front of me?
|Our Christmas tree as if it were in snow|
|From the window|
What did I see that had similarities?
|First, trellises and bird houses; second, leaves|
What were some memories I had of nature?
What does my neighborhood look like?
Through the week, I drew and slowly got over the cold. I thought of two good books that I read this year:
which gave me insight into the Japanese culture and answered questions that I had while we were living in Japan.
which looks at the incident at the center of The Stranger by Albert Camus (the random shooting of an Arab by the Stranger) from the point of view of the Arab's family, and what it means to have no name other than 'the Arab', and to be constantly reminded of his death at the hands of another each time someone new reads the book. Interesting idea.
If you live in Northern California, you are experiencing our 'secret' California weather that almost always comes the last week in December and the first week in January: blue skies, fluffy clouds, chilly, but warm sun. If you are not, I hope you can find
a place where the sun is warm on your face and that you are well!