Yesterday morning I told Eliza to get dressed. This is her idea of getting dressed. When she dresses herself in the morning, nine times out of ten she puts on clean pajamas. I rarely make her change. Because I can’t blame her. Because arguing isn’t worth it. And because she’s is child #4 so whatever.
Charlotte, Eliza and I went to the library… again. I think we go there about three or four times a week. I picked up Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting. Several years ago this book was not in print and it was impossible to find a used copy less than $100. Thankfully they reissued the book in 2010. I just discovered this on Sunday and luckily my library had it! I’m in love with this sweater, St. Brigid. Of course, I have zero time to devote to a project like this at the moment, but some day.
After looking at books we went to the park across the street and ran around. I tried out the new self-timer app I downloaded. GorillaCam. It’s pretty awesome. I have it set to take 5 rapid-fire shots after 10 seconds.
I’ve known for a long time that Charlotte is our most creative child. She has a fantastic imagination. She can play by herself well and she always seems to be singing or dancing. Since we have about two hours alone during the week while Eliza naps, I’ve been taking advantage of our common artistic interests. We can sit at the little Korean floor table I bought for 40,000 won in So. Korea for the full two hours just drawing and coloring.
On Monday, I practiced some chibi manga art and Charlotte drew the cast of Frozen and tried out some chibi manga art of her own.
Yesterday, I started my reference book for markers and pencils. I’ll probably use this notebook for a doodle reference also.
Charlotte insisted on using my markers. I tried to have her use the cheaper Gelly Roll glitter pens but she was coloring huge sections with them so I caved and let her use my Prismacolors. But not the Copics!
I also started a drawing course! I have to restrain myself from using exclamation points after every sentence right now. I am so excited about this! It’s been over seven years since I last took a college course. And I’ve spent much of those seven years pregnant and/or nursing, cleaning diapers and serving little humans. It feels good to do something that is just for me. And something I’ve been wanting to do since I was a teenager.
During the class the instructor went over the grading and I suddenly got nervous. A final project? Grades? Oh. This is for real. Maybe it’s because I’ve never taken an art class, but I suddenly realized that I would be required to draw and those drawing would be judged. This is a different feeling than starting a Cost Accounting course.
And do you see this below? A self portrait!! Ohhhh… this sounds scary. I’m anxious and nervous and so very excited to see what I will have accomplished by the end of this course.