She has some articles to finish, a few ideas she wants to begin and some classes to teach.
All require preparation of one sort or another and I have been typing for her. My goal is to see if she can talk while I do 9 single spaced pages of typing. She thinks that my font is small or my margins too narrow when it feels like the pages aren’t going fast enough. But no, I quietly type, and let spell check and grammar check do their work when my fingers can’t keep up with her words.
By the end of the night we were both tired – wanting to press on, but neither of us could find energy to work at the speed we had been operating during the morning and afternoon hours. I opened one of her new art books and she opened another. We took out some paper and coloured pens and tried to re-create the images in the book. We chatted -- and let our pens work. I became more and more engaged in creative work that I don’t usually do. Art. I do go to museums and read art books, but I never pick up a pencil and try to imitate life with lines. Examples of bird’s ears and eyes, animal teeth, fur, fish scales – though it seems obvious I had never been able to tell which of the animals was a beaver until I saw how those two front teeth were drawn.
Part of the evening was that I didn’t have a pace that I had to keep, nor anyone making comments or even watching. I worked and reworked images through the evening hours, commenting to Rebecca how restful the time felt.
Duncan did come by and watching us, picked up a pen himself.
He didn’t sit down but kneeling by the table he quickly crafted a porpoise, Northwest Coast Style.
And then he returned to his electronic games. I was left seeing his image – deftly crafted with more skill than I had shown.
A beginner’s start for me … and Rebecca had purchased three books, so there is plenty of material for me to work from.
Wyona told me she has been watching u-tube videos on how to paint with water colours. She comments that there is so much on utube for a person to learn. I feel the same way about the lovely books – so many evenings ahead for me to enjoy.