Seriously addicted

Yes, I am seriously addicted to sketching. These are the sketchbooks I’ve used since March 03, when I returned to art after a 20 year hiatus and essentially started over from sketch, I mean, scratch.
The stack on the left is completed books. The stack on the right is books that are partially full – a little bit or a lot. Every one of these is precious to me for one reason or another. Like any place where practice is done, they are full of false starts, errors, bad perspective, wobbly lines, strange anatomy, half-baked ideas and more. But that’s what my creative journey is all about. The way I figure, the more mistakes I make the better chance I have of doing something right. So I try to make a lot of mistakes every day. The more the better, really.

I’ll be posting new Mandu drawings later today if you want to check back. She’s drinking her half and half with enthusiasm again, and that’s a good sign. Yesterday I did a whole series of “cat part” drawings – ears, eyes, tail, etc. But I need time to scan them and it’s midnight now.

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments during this emotionally stressful time. Some people might say “get over it, it’s just a cat,” but animal lovers know it’s not that simple at all and that relationships come in all shapes, sizes and species. Feeling your kindness helps ease the impending loss, whether it comes in days, weeks or longer. My husband reads your comments, too, and I know that it means a lot to him as well.

Two of my favorite pups – 1998

Photograph | May 25, 2006 | By

“But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too”

–Landslide, Stevie Nicks

I was consolidating and cataloging some digital photos and came across this.
Today … Mike just turned 21, and Rip’s almost 8.
Bulldog puppies don’t get that characteristic jaw until they mature. When they’re this age they look pretty much like other puppies.

A more grownup picture of Mike and Ripley is on his masthead, here
Uh, the masthead, not the lampshades.

Mike’s Photos from NCAA!!

Photograph | March 18, 2006 | By

UCLA has eliminated its first opponent in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and our son, Michael (a UCLA junior and Daily Bruin senior staff photographer) was courtside catching all the action. Click the image to see more of his dramatic photos … Tomorrow, round two. Go Bruins! And go, Mike — you got some great shots!

MIKE WINTERS/Daily Bruin Senior Staff