Starting November 16th in our immediate family, it's one long succession of special days until January 4th. There's our wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, C's birthday, mother-in-law's birthday, Christmas, New Year's, my birthday.
We're still feeling the after-effects of Thanksgiving in the kitchen. I made my annual curry turkey soup today with homemade turkey stock, peas, leftover meat, some butternut squash purée and a few lashings of cream. Yum, though I say it who shouldn't.
Tomorrow is C's birthday and my husband and I are flying to DC to spend it with her. Today I tidied up her room after the Thanksgiving visit and sketched a little corner of that blue and yellow haven of hers.
At the Corcoran Gallery of Art, there's an exhibit of paintings, sculpture, illustrated books and manuscripts, textiles and popular art related to Joan of Arc, so you know I'll be there tomorrow, sketching away!
I'm constantly thinking about my big art plan for 2007. I'll post the final version on December 31st, as I did last year. I'll be using mediums I haven't used much this year, like oil pastels, conté crayons, and, of course, I'll be painting in acrylics or oils, too. Conté forces you to work quickly and loosely, which I like. Here's a very quick recent sketch I made at a café, using a fat conté pencil. Next time you come here, C will be officially a year older and I'll have some Joan of Arc sketches to show you! A bientôt!