I'm a little annoyed with myself for tweaking the settings of this blog, going from public to private and then public again. The truth is I just feel self-conscious for not posting more stuff more regularly here. But hey, it is what it is now. I'm so tired of trying to "get it right" - why not just appreciate life (and blogging) for what it is, stop worrying about not doing it the right way and just enjoy it!
Before we left for a Spring break, I did what I have been wanting to do for a while now - Justin and I went to Michael's and bought a few things, including charcoal pencils and a large brown paper notebook - just as Beate suggested. And on our mini-break, I dipped my fingers into charcoal drawing for the first time. I found that I like the freedom this media offers - it is somehow more forgiving than a regular pencil. Though, I have no clue what to do with all this freedom, of course 'cause I don't know the techniques. So I just sketched a few portraits of my family - the upper two looking at my "models" (they did not know that they were modeling at the time), and the lower two "from my head". There is no need to look for likeness as I'm just doodling. I think what counts to me is that I'm able, more or less, to catch my impressions about a person. There is something surprising and liberating in it.
PS The paper in reality is light brown, not gray as it appears on the photos.
We also bought a special spray, but have not used it yet, so there are a few smears on my sketches.