Sunday, June 16, 2013
Annie's Journal and an Idea
I started thinking about how long it would take to draw ten thousand things, even if you counted every object in a drawing as a separate thing (ex. on this page Annie drew three things by my definition). I wondered if I could draw 20 things a day, and if so could actually draw 10,000 things in the next year and a third.
So I wrote to my journal group and sort of hinted at this challenge. And then I decided to try it out for a few days before actually making a public commitment. And then I decided what the heck-- I am IN. So I'm publishing my 10,000 things, beginning here and now with this drawing that I'm going to do right now, as a thunderstorm is brewing and mosquitoes are gearing up for the evening raid-- I'm headed out to the woods now, with pen and paper in hand---
(45 minutes later)
I then began to walk a bit faster as the rain was starting and I wanted to get in a walk as well as a stroll and sketching. But as I headed up the steep part of the trail I heard a rustling in the woods beyond a bend and then caught a glimpse of what looked like an orange and white dog tail as the animal bounded back into the brush. I don't like to run into dogs in the woods without their owners in view, so I went back down the trail and headed up another trail that runs parallel to the first one. After a few minutes along this trail I heard rustling again. This time it was in a field right behind me as I stood getting ready to draw some mushrooms. I turned around just in time to see the tail of a large fox as it bounded into the deep woods! So drawing 4 is just a bunch of scribbles, a gesture drawing of that great plume of a tail like a flame rising up and then vanishing!
Foxes are hard to spot I think. I've only seen one other in the 23 years that we've lived in this valley, and that was a well-known fox that had a hole in the middle of a field where I often took my drawing class to sketch. One day the fox sauntered out and crossed the field while we sat there in astonishment. So tonight's fox was a rare treat, and I feel like my challenge is off to a lucky start!
Back home on the front porch, swatting mosquitoes, I was telling my husband about the fox, and he pointed out the little bluebird sitting on the telephone wire that crosses our front yard (drawing 5). This bluebird and his wife and several batches of babies have perched on that wire for three years. We were happy to see that he is still successfully eluding Jesse, our semi-feral cat. Now I have only 9995 to go.