I didn’t disappear again, I swear! Just figuring out how to move forward with planned changes to my online shops and new projects I want to introduce.
One personal project that I wrote about last week was improving my drawing skills. A major step towards realizing that is simply getting back in the habit of drawing on a regular basis. So I pulled Danny Gregory’s “Everyday Matters” off my shelf last night to reread and get re-inspired. He wrote this illustrated memoir in 2003 after an accident on a subway platform left his wife a paraplegic. His book has a lot of good stuff about life after tragedy and the value of drawing to help you see and connect with the world around you.
These last few weeks have reminded me of the importance of connecting- with others, with this moment, and even with a sense of purpose. I find my priorities for how I spend my time shifting and the need to create more integrated, personal connections between my work and my family/daily life. Hopefully this will be more apparent (and welcomed!) over time. To be honest, I don’t know all the ways this need will manifest itself, but for now, I’m content to let things happen organically and see how it goes.
Never mind the fact that you would NEVER find my son in a crowd using this drawing as a reference or that it is TOTALLY NOT to scale. It’s just a quick drawing of Jack contently sitting on the stairs of the pool, playing with his diver dude. A memory that I have recorded and will some day give to him.
And yes, he’ll probably laugh at it, because it is kind of awful, even for my drawing abilities. But just maybe, he’ll also appreciate that I loved him enough to take note of the moment.