A sketchy day out

I spent the day out today in Berkeley and El Cerrito, and I’m completely exhausted. I think it’s because I did a Tai Chi class and had a singing lesson, in addition to my usual Yoga Tune-Up; I also walked more than five miles in the course of the day. By the time I made it to the library to wait for Erik, I was so spent, all I could do for a while was just sit in an armchair and stare into space. Eventually I picked up a magazine. You know you’re tired when you open a women’s magazine and think, “So many words…”

sketch of Thai restaurant in Berkeley

a little Thai place in Berkeley

But the sketching is going well. While I am doing it, I am totally in the zone — nothing distracts me and time is irrelevant. I learn so much from making these sketches, but they really take a lot out of me. After I finished the above drawing, my longest of the day, I felt weary and really ravenous, even though I’d eaten just before making the sketch. I gulped down a glass of water and thought about getting dinner.

In contrast, the Campanile sketch below was pure fun. I wanted to play with my new pens, and sitting on the grass in Memorial Glade at 6 PM on a June evening, listening to the carillon chimes, has got to be one of the sweetest small pleasures Berkeley has to offer.

Campanile sketch

The Campanile, UC Berkeley

I’ve uploaded my manuscript to VONA, and I’m reasonably satisfied with it. Erik read it and liked it too — one of the best things about being married to a fellow artist is that he really knows the right kinds of compliments for my work. 😉 I’m not going to share it publicly since it’s part of a larger work in progress, but I’m happy to email it to friends if you’re that curious. 🙂

At breakfast today I drew up a rough estimate of how long my most urgent backed-up crafting projects will take me. I’ve got twenty days left before VONA, and if I work hard on the crafting whenever I can, I just may get through all these projects before then. Fingers crossed!!