A lot has happened since my last blog. My houseguest came and left, my husband retired (again) and he and I took off for warmer parts for a month. I almost always travel with my sketchbook and sometimes my paints and rarely take the time to paint unless we are in one place for more than a few days. This trip was no exception. I packed a bag with sketchbooks, watercolor paints, brushes etc. and other than a little doodle time one afternoon with my sister-in-law, I didn't look at them except to move them from car to motel room, back to car again.
I also carry a camera and have been known to takes hundreds (ok thousands) of photos on one trip. This trip I took few photos but did leave with wonderful memories. Memories of sunshine and short sleeve shirts in March. Memories of a touch of snow on cactus. Yes it snowed outside of Tucson. Memories of times visiting with good friends and time with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. Memories of dancing with my husband. And, memories of driving many miles - over 3650 in one month. We came home with the thought that yes, we could be very happy spending winters in Arizona. The question remains as to where we would spend summers. Also, I would find it very hard to be away from my grandchildren for any length of time. So, no answers to what now questions, just a lot of good memories.
It's taken me a bit of time to get back into my studio but I did it. I'm continuing to feel the urge to work with figures both in drawing and in painting. These 18x24" sketches are what I've been working on. You may recognize some of the images as I've painted a couple of these models during a workshop I took last year.