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May 16, 2009

Every Day in May - 15 EDM Challenge #223

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This was a difficult challenge for me.  I could think of lots of sounds I really like (my grandchildrens' belly laughs!), but nothing I wanted to draw or could draw.  I could also think of lots of sounds I don't like.  After several days, I realized that one specific tape I made for my original old Sony Walkman got me through many long airplane trips and could still relax me instantly.

We took our children to see the musical Cats the first year it opened on Broadway and I loved Rum Tum Tugger's performance by Terrence Mann.  Several years later we saw Les Miserables where he originated the part of Javert on Broadway and sang the song "Stars".  Then he made another performance in Scarlet Pimperal and was the first Broadway Beast in Beauty and the Beast.  I love his voice and recorded his songs from these show albums for my Walkman. 

I stopped using my Walkman in the last few years, mainly due to the extreme limitation on size of carry on luggage (especially when we were traveling back and forth to London in 2006-07) and my need to carry my camera and charger, and art supplies, sketchbooks, etc in my carry-on bag.  I'm not someone who wants an iPOD in my ears all day long so I never spent time trying to recreate this music selection.  It may be time for me to learn about "itunes".

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May 13, 2009

Every Day in May - 12 and 13

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The last few days were so busy that I am just finally uploading my journal pages from yesterday and today.

Yesterday was Grandparent's Day at my grand daughter's Pre-School and while she was making a foam picture frame, I was drawing her project and a cartoon figure of her.  She insisted on a "big smile" and drew on her mouth herself.

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Tonight I took 5 minutes to draw a figure for more practice.  I select a photo, set the timer for 5 minutes, and then sketch with a watercolor pencil.

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May 11, 2009

Every Day in May - 11

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We visited MoMA today with old friends and I sketched details from a few paintings while walking through the permanent exhibit.  It gives me an opportunity to learn a little from the drawings of masters, and allows me to create a journal page to remember the visit.

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May 9, 2009

Every Day in May - 9

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I'm delighted to put away my winter tights and heels and pull out my sandals - finally.  Katherine Tyrrell reviewed Bert Dodson's book the Keys to Drawing, and I thought that it looked the perfect project-oriented art book for me to study this Spring.  I have his book Keys to Drawing with Imagination too, but that one has never looked as interesting to me.

Dodson's Project 1A is to draw your feet, something which I have done several times before.  I wasn't supposed to paint them, but couldn't resist.  I also wanted to document the nail polish - last week I was the only one walking in my neighborhood, in sandals, without a fresh pedicure.

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May 7, 2009

Every Day in May - 7

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I had a very quiet day at home today, so I did "figure drawing practice" for my daily drawing.  It has been weeks since I painted from one of my friend Bunny's India travel photos, and I was attracted to the quiet pose of this seated woman.

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