It’s finally winter here, at least for now, and aside from the incessant not-quite-daylight quality of gray that permeates this time of year here, I welcome it. It’s a little trickier to find stuff to draw (and not freeze one’s fingers off) so I turn to the dogs, as is often the case. (click the pic below for a taste of what they might be dreaming of….)
Iris and River are the perfect models for sketching, unlike the zoo animals I encountered yesterday, who seemed to be constantly on the move. (but dang, aren’t they precious???)
In spite of that motion, I did get a couple sketches made of the elephants….
It was such a treat to have the zoo mostly to ourselves.
Fellow illustrator, Linda Bittner (amazing website HERE) and I made a pact to sketch at the zoo, in spite of the cold weather and we were both glad to have made the effort. We were rewarded with a warm Illustrator’s Group lunch afterwards where we shared recent work and slices of encouragement for everyone on this journey of Art as a Living. My niece LuLu stopped by for a quick hello and we all agreed she is now an honorary member of the group. (She’ll be awarded full membership when she can sit up straight in her high chair and hold her own tea cup.)
You may have met LuLu in this earlier sketch I posted on the twitter/facebook realm…
In other news, and in the interest of coming back ’round to this post’s title, I finally got my hands on the hard copy of my good friend Kim Taylor‘s new record, Love’s A Dog.
I’ve watched and listened to this body of work come to life over the last year or more and am so tickled to see it finally in print. I love my girl Kim, and her amazing music. Like many of my artist friends, she has more than one iron in the fire. This week she’s out at the Sundance film festival promoting a film in which she plays a lead role, I Used To Be Darker. There’s a ton of buzz going on about this indie film and I wish the team all the best as they strut their stuff out in Utah. Go get ’em, girlie!! (And then come home for a long walk with the dogs and a cup of coffee.)