I downloaded three apps and spent an hour of my creative time this morning trying to blur out the writing on the page next to my journal drawing of my new uke. Finally, in frustration, I cut up a nearby junk mail envelope and used it to mask the writing. Score one for analog? I doubt it.
Here is a photo of the actual ukulele. Also, an “I Give Up” to the temptation of a nice instrument. (I am surrounded by enabling influences!) I sold my Fluke months ago, so the money from that went into this. I love the slightly funky sound.
This is not to be misconstrued as any claim to proficiency on said instrument. I’m working on it, okay?
Anyway, I think the drawing conveys more of my feelings about the new uke than the photograph.
This morning in my writing, I remembered the old hat I found in Mom’s closet. It was one of her mother’s old church hats.
She let me play with it, but it didn’t take long for me to see that it wasn’t really my style. I think I was nine or ten. With permission, I deconstructed the hat and wore it for years, till I lost it somewhere in the field between the woods and our house.
It fit perfectly with my idea of myself as an explorer, with my radioactive Army watch on my wrist and my eyes on the horizon. Dad found that watch in one of the used cars he sold and I begged for it; it was my first timepiece.
Random memories from a feral childhood. Maybe one day I’ll be good enough to draw the faces under those hats.
In which she realizes she can use a colored pencil to shade a ehite object.
I love pitchers. I have more than makes sense. I use the larger ones as vases. I have several shapes of white porcelain creamers, including this souvenir of my walk through Rome. It was €1.95. How could I leave it in Italy?
I also purchased a little black notebook during our visit to the Keats-Shelley House in Rome. The lettering is actually white.
I carry a little notebook with me most of the time. It’s great for shopping lists, measurements, addresses of places I need to go (though these are migrating to my smart phone), and flashes of brilliance. (ha!)
Right now I’m using a little notebook with Apocalyst embossed on the cover. It was a crew gift from the kind of sweet show No Tomorrow that I worked on. (It’s streamable on Netflix right now).