Happy Advent! The first week began yesterday, with the lighting of the first candle, which stands for hope. Lord knows everyone can use more of that.
I was always entranced by the stories of families hiking together in the woods to source everything for their Advent wreath, and then making it together. My husband pointed out that we couldn't do that legally around where we live, so we did the next best thing, with branches from our Christmas tree and seed pods, acorns, and lovely silver twigs from our yard.
Throw in some wire, florist's tape (to hide the wire), and a couple of cinnamon sticks and you are in business.
This day's assignment was to draw what you see, for two hours. I didn't quite make it to two hours, but what better place to people watch/stealth draw than jury duty selection?
I was passed over for one trial and the other two settled. Other than
having my crochet kit confiscated because blunt kindergarten scissors
are a clearly danger to the justice system, it was pretty uneventful.
The girl on the right twisted into so many contortions that I could have filled a whole page if I thought she wouldn't catch on, but I chickened out.
Quite a few people were asleep. Asleep works quite well for sketching if you like your subjects not to move so much.
My family and I have found an incredibly fun hobby thanks to this day's assignment: cardboard doodles! The process goes something like this: get thin cardboard (we used cereal boxes). Draw on it in pencil. Cut it out. Get the markers and pens out and go crazy.
My original sloths...and then they take to the trees. Because of course they do!
This dude takes requests.
My girls are so into this - so far we've had the cast of several Disney movies, flowers, and a certain girl has been making tons of germs to decorate a reminder for Paul's students to wash their hands before their lessons. And her sister's created an adorable sink for them to go with!
This assignment was to use reference material to draw just the most basic elements of an owl and create a design or almost a logo from them. So in my world, Pigwidgeon, Errol, and Hedwig all get designer makeovers.
Of course this is not my first foray into owlishness. Remember this one?