I realize that it's been three months since I have posted anything. It's been that long since I've really drawn anything. I think I have a pretty good excuse, or reason, what have you.
And it started a while back, a few years. I would wake up and things would be fuzzy. I kept feeling like my eyes had a film over them. I blamed it on medication, not drinking enough water, not sleeping well. I went to the eye doctor and he gave me a new prescription and some eye drops.
It helped a little, but not much. The eye doctor ruled out glaucoma, macular degeneration, general vision loss. Within a year I went back and told him I could read better without my glasses.
He looked closer and finally found the culprit. He found that I have subcapsular cataracts. These are cataracts that are on the back side of the lens, inside the eyes. The solution is surgery. And from what I am told, very routine surgery.
Sign me up. I need to see to draw. And drive and read and well, yeah, how could I say no?
So the procedure, oversimplified, is this. They will remove the lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Like I said, oversimplified. If you are curious and want to read more you can by clicking here.
So wish me luck. I'm having surgery on my left eye (the worse of the two) in late September and the right eye in October. I am looking forward to seeing the world as if I have a new set of eyes. And I guess I kind of will.
Oh and yeah. I really did buy a new guitar. I have yet to learn an actual song but I have building up calluses on my left hand. That's a start...
The weather was cold and gloomy around Madison this last weekend so I stayed indoors when I could. That is to say, I went out for things, like eating and grocery shopping, but no sketching to speak of.
This is the Triangle Market on State Street in Madison. It is one of my favorite buildings on State Street. It goes back to the days when State Street had more small businesses and much fewer chain stores. More and more chains are coming in, hopefully the Triangle Market and businesses like it will remain for many years to come.
And by the way, I've started a new blog on Blogger called Madison Sketcher to highlight my sketching excursions in and around the Madison area and beyond. I will still keep this blog, so don't worry. There will be crossposting on the drawings that are on Madison Sketcher but this blog will have everything!
I took a few more days off from doing much of anything. The truth is, I was pretty tired most of the week. I started riding my bike to work. I managed to ride 3 of the 4 days I worked this week and it left me pretty wiped out by the end of the day. All I could manage was to eat dinner, get some reading in, and then fall asleep.
But I took yesterday as a day off the bike and I'm feeling pretty recovered.
And although I probably won't ride my bike, tomorrow will be my first excursion out to do some "urban sketching." And where is the first place I will go? State Street here in Madison.
I will post pictures of course, and I might even share some more news after I come back home. Both depend on how the drawings turn out.
Ah yes, the mug. I bought this hunk of a coffee cup in Boulder CO at the Celestial Seasonings factory gift shop. It's a nice heavy mug, but too heavy really to drink out of. So it has been a pen and pencil cup for over about 12 years. I don't think it minds.
I have been doing a lot of doodling but not much sketching. I'm still waiting for better weather so I can get out and start sketching outside.
A couple of months I came across a great photograph of Henry Miller. I saved it and put it in my "art reference" file on my computer, thinking that some day I will try to do a drawing from the photo. Then, this morning I found the above quote. I knew I had to try to draw a portrait of Henry.
It's not bad for a first attempt. I will most likely add color once the ink is drier.
Now I want to read more Henry Miller. I read a lot of his work when I was in college. Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (a favorite). Miller blurred the line between fiction and non-fiction and I found that a new concept at the time. Now I have the urge to go back and read all that I missed. It's a daunting task actually, being that Miller was a prolific writer.
But as they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....
I am very happy with this one. I finished it late last night. I was so happy with it that I wanted to post it then and there, but that isn't keeping with the "one drawing a day" idea I'm trying to do. Then again, I have another one ready for tomorrow, but I will wait. And you will have to also.
And a quick moment for a short product review. If you like fountain pens I highly recommend the Platinum Preppy fountain pen. It really is the best $5.00 I have ever spent on a pen of any kind. The one I have has an extra fine nib but they come in fine and medium also. The pen uses cartridges but a piston converter is also available. Pen, cartridges and converter are all available at Jet Pens.