Today I am exactly half-way to completing the Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Ebird “Checklist-a-Day” challenge. I aim to record my bird sightings at least once per day for the entire 2020 year. I have made a comic in honor of this halfway point.
This challenge has improved my birding. I’m actually a terrible birder. But I’m getting better. I have become more familiar with my local ecosystem’s birds and their calls. I’ve gotten outside every day, which has been restorative during this pandemic. I’ve observed bird behavior and seen things, like a hairy woodpecker feeding its young, that I may not have noticed if not for this challenge. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring – well, at least in terms of birding!
Here is a one-pot recipe I decided to illustrate for a contest that I did not win. Foolish judges. I borrowed heavily from my great-great aunt Katharine (okay, flagrantly copied) in order to learn some of her pen-and-ink techniques. I used Prismacolor markers. Next time I’ll go all authentic and use a quill and India ink, as she most likely did.
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This is how I count my breaths whenpracticing the Wim Hof Method. There are 3 sets of 30 snow (of course!) quartz beads. One breath for each bead. Each time I reach the hexagon bead, time for retention. Then getting to the Tree and Love charms means I’m all done!
To assemble, just string 30 snow quartz beads, each separated by a seed bead, then add a silver hexagon. Repeat until you have 90 snow beads. Add the Love and Tree charms , if you want (you might need a jump ring here) and tie off the elastic string. Secure with a drop of E6000 or super glue. Here are links to the materials I used.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m eager to get the word out about my children’s picture book. I’ve set up a giveaway on Goodreads. No need to like, share or sign up for anything. You do need a Goodreads account however. Two winners will receive a free copy of my book!
Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. It seemed as good a time as any to share the first 2 pages of my cancer comic. This also serves as an accountability thing to motivate me to keep working on it through the summer. This feels scary. I hope you like it.
Jasper Johns’ explained that his use of familiar imagery – flags, letters – derives from “things the mind already knows.”
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Note: There are many sites listing artists by their birthday and presenting their biographies. My project differs because I am focusing on the artists’ process whenever possible, and giving just a brief summary of their work along with my comments. Being able to peek into artist’s studios is fascinating to me. I’m hoping to learn more about how artists work and maybe find some artists who are new to me.