art, Charcoal, Education

Remembrance Day – Flanders Fields

For Those Who Serve

John McCrae, Flanders Fields, Soldier, Remembrance DayI am thankful for the freedoms I have, and I am often saddened when I think that not all people have the same opportunity.  It would be amazing to have a world in which war did not exist; sadly, that is not the case.  To all who have served and are serving our beautiful country, I want to say thank you.

The wearing of poppies was inspired by the World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  I thought it was fitting to incorporate McCrae’s poem into the Remembrance Day doodle I did this week.

art, Charcoal, white on black

Downtime Doodles

Downtime Busy

white on black paper, busy schedule, doodles

Often I associate the word busy with negative aspects of life, but really that isn’t completely accurate.  Busy means I am engaged, learning, interacting, and accomplishing.  Lately I haven’t had as much time to work on larger art pieces, but that’s okay.

What is taking up my drawing time?  That’s a great question, and in answering it I have discovered a few things about myself.  My family is very important to me, and investing in them comes first.  That might mean making meals, doing laundry, being the taxi service, teaching, or just there to listen; each job is of great importance. I have also come to realize that I have a great need to be constantly learning and challenging myself.  Right now, the challenge is to learn Adobe Illustrator.

Still in all these busy moments, daily sketching has found a way to become infused into my day.   It started with a couple simple doodles on a black piece of paper while I waited for my daughter to finish her music lessons.  The result was Down Time Doodles. There is a sense of freedom and relaxation when I doodle, which is welcome in my busy schedule. The down-times are good times, and I am looking forward to more doodle time.