Tuesday, February 5, 2008
the snow when it is freshly falling
Yesterday was a bit hectic - I had a lot of work to do and no time to paint. The highlight of the day, however, was the morning when the air was deliciously damp and soft clumps of snow fell on me the entire way to work. When I first moved to New York I was under the mistaken impression that snow fell constantly - in reality it's quite rare - and so it's always majestic to me. And yet snow's no picnic when it turns into slush on the ground - as my little sketch says, I prefer the snow when it is freshly falling. :)
Today I dotted this page with little pencil sketches I went over with watercolor. I wasn't sure what I was going to draw at first, until I wrote the following line at the top of the page:
I'm really bad at eye contact, and I didn't even know it until late in high school when a teacher pointed it out to me. Since then I notice it a lot - I'm one of those people who looks down when they pass you in the street, or nervously adjusts their gloves in the elevator. When I have speeches to do or I'm meeting someone for the first time it's much easier - I just do the opposite of what feels natural - it's an odd, mind-over-matter process... I guess eye contact, to me, is a very intimate thing and I'd rather share it only with the people I'm closest to, only then does it feel right...
Yesterday as I got off the muggy train a man played "a few of my favorite things" on the saxaphone and the boredom of the evening ride seemed to completely dissolve. Maybe that's what I was thinking of when I jotted this down...
Or maybe I was thinking of the quiet-looking young man who ate a sandwich on a park bench this morning, completely surrounded by tiny sparrows. He had a slightly guilty look on his face, (though we didn't make eye contact) which let me know he'd been sneaking pieces of lettuce to them... :)
I've been meaning to ask - do you miss my crafts? I've been enjoying painting so much that I've let the embroidery and sewing take a backseat... but I do have a little something you may see soon! :) P.S. - I've added a poll in the sidebar because I'm curious about what you want to see more of... So, check off as many topics as you want, and I'll know what I should add soon! :)