geekery, drawing and then some
I bought a little solar panel recently. It lies in my windowsill, with open window, sucking up the sun's rays.
At night it recharges my phone, which works very well. It came with lots of different plugs to charge different phones and even my Nintendo DS. I like that I can use the sun to charge things. It also has a separate attachment so it can charge batteries. I haven't tried that out yet.
I made this drawing while my hand hurt badly and cramped up a lot. Not the smartest thing I ever did.
I've tried out some new foods recently, some for eating and some for drawing. The kohlrabi roasts in the oven as I type this and the aubergine -- I just can't call it eggplant! -- lies waiting for an idea to pop into my head. The aubergine doesn't look like the kind I know, the deep dark purple ones, so I just had to buy it.
I've taken out a veggie(and fruit)-box subscription which should introduce me to more and new and exiting veggies and fruits -- which I'll then draw.
Today didn't go too great, and at some point I decided to make a little drawing. I drew the little (handy) scissors I bought recently. While I took the photo I noticed the other drawings in the moleskine and realised I hadn't put a bunch of the others drawings online yet. I made them all in 2007, and I enjoyed looking at them today.
The headphones have broken since (cable), however, I still have and use the wallet and the dog leash. And I wouldn't mind one of those raspberry cocktails ;)
A few days ago Michael Nobbs released his two booklet (Start to draw your life and 75 ways to draw more, previously released as make-it-yourself-booklets) as a combined updated and free eBook. Naturally I downloaded it. And almost just as naturally I didn't draw.
Today however I decided to take action. After putting dinner in the oven (courgette filled with quinoa, tomatoes, spring onions and some cheese) I grabbed my moleskine -- somehow I wanted to draw in that instead of my regular book, so I went with the flow and used it -- and drew my mini cucumber plants. Not only will the plants stay mini, they'll also produce mini cucumbers. I like mini plants, and mini fruits and veggies.
I then popped out on the balcony, drew a lovage leaf, and a recently sprouted mustard-plant (at least, I think it'll become a mustard-plant, but with brassicas, you never know...). After that I drew one of my bok choy plants, also the mini version (with a small balcony you have to work as space-efficient as you can). I like how it turned out.
And dinner only burnt a little bit.
I crawled around a bit today, trying to hoover under the sofa.
Today the first sketchcrawl of 2010 also took place, so I also did some drawings. I didn't crawl during the sketching though, not good for the knees...
I had to make food, and after throwing it in the pan to warm up I started drawing and got distracted. I feel pretty good about how this turned out, I haven't done any drawing in ages (two or three months) because of my increased arthritis, and I found it didn't start hurting more when drawing this. Possibly caused by having a painkiller less than an hour before though :)
I got released from the hospital about three weeks ago and have stayed at my parents for a while. Right now I still have a lot of recovering to do, and I haven't drawn as much as I wanted to. I did however make this one drawing in the hospital when my IV once again got shifted from one arm to the other. All went well, no complications during surgery and only a minor pneumonia after (which caused no problems). I went home after 9 days with a feedingtube still attached. Recovery will take time, hopefully I can spent much of it drawing.
Some time ago I started doing my own injections. The weekly trip to the doctor's office did cost me too much energy, plus, I needed a bit more than just once per week. I asked about self-injection and they explained to me how it worked and immediately let me do it. After a few tries there, they gave me everything I needed to do the shots at home. I've had a few moments, in which I felt pretty light-headed and mostly thought 'Why did I want to do this!', however, mostly it goes pretty good. I feel proud of myself, I have conquered my fear of needles.