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March 23, 2006

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Oh my, Connie. You have made my day, week, month and epoch with your lovely message. You are generous and thoughtful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Pedro: pencils AND brushes. Katherine, yes, my brain does go for a walk. That sounds much better than that I've gone witless ;D. Marly, it has either been too cold for the redbud or I haven't been there when it was warm enough. I'll try to do it before the month ends.

Laura, as I previously shared, I decided to select one of your wonderful sketches a week as my laptop wallpaper, but not being satisfied with just one per week, I’ve begun to change the wallpaper much more frequently. I’ve displayed Kniphofia; Amaryllis; Tree, Pink, Blue; Star Magnolia; and currently, Nested. Initially, this was totally self-serving, an opportunity to add beauty to my day. However, since I’m a teacher and frequently use a data projector connected to my laptop, I’m finding my students are commenting about each sketch, discussing the topic, the medium, and the technique (they are particularly fascinated by your blind contour drawings) and choosing their personal favorites. So by serendipity, we have mini art appreciation lessons along with our study of grammar, poetry, and Asia. Just thought you’d like to know that your influence extends well beyond your blog to enrich and teach.

And the result is excellent!
Are you using soluble color pencils, or brushes?

It's Bonsai Day! I love the way your painting brain goes for a walk around the boundaries of the topic towards the end of the month - always thought-provoking and often entertaining!

I've left the Pot Boy in charge... Should be hair-raising. And came dashing over to see today's picture! How greedy of me--you're probably perched on a camp stool in the rain.

What about the redbud with the exalted shape? (Greed, again: one of the deadlies.)

Thank you so much, my friends, for humoring me ;D. Marly, what a gorgeous poem. Time for me to pursue Kathleen Raine! Kathleen, here I used a Faber-Castelli 8b pencil. There are watercolor overlays here and there in the sketch, too.

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