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1. Music Monday - When You Wish Upon a Star

My daughter came home from her year in Florida doing the College Disney Program. There's been a lot of Disney culture at my house the last few years. In that vein, I love the acapella versions of Disney songs that this group does - 

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2. Sunday Sketching

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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3. Succulent Saturday - more critter sketches

More playing in the sketchbook - 
Charcoal and pastel on toned paper, with cut paper.

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4. Figure Friday

Life drawing day - 
Charcoal on newsprint

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5. WIP Wednesday -

After painting on this off and on for the past week, I believe I shall call this done!

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6. Music Monday - Snape's Memories...

Very sad about Alan Rickman's passing this week. Brings to mind the lengthy pensieve scene showing his history. And heart. It also has one of my favorite musical themes from the movie. (Sadly I can only find it split into two parts):


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7. Sunday Sketching

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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8. Figure Friday

Life drawing. Mixed pose day (this is about 40 minutes). Charcoal on newsprint.

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9. WIP Wednesday

Long neglected drawing. Trying to get some paint on it...

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10. Music Monday - Africa

This is a very enthusiastic version - fun!

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11. Sunday Sketching -

Could barely keep my eyes open today.....
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee...

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12. Sketchbook Experiments -

Sketchbook Experiments - Day #9

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13. Figure Friday -

First life drawing session of the year. Lots and lots of very short poses.  This one is about 15 minutes. Charcoal on paper.

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14. Sketchbook Experiments -

Sketchbook Experiments - Day #7 
(Critter is by request of my daughter)

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15. Sketchbook Experiments -

Sketchbook Experiments - Day #6

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16. Sketchbook Experiments -

Sketchbook Experiments - Day #5

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17. Sketchbook Experiments -

Sketchbook Experiments - Day #4

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18. Music Monday - This is Your Fight Song/Piano Guys

This seems like a most apropos song to go into the new year with:



The Piano Guys commentary is also great:

The Christian hymn "Amazing Grace" and Rachel Platten's contemporary hit "Fight Song" may seem like an unlikely pair, but the two songs have one thing in common: a message of hope.
Although the The Piano Guys are known for playing entertaining and uplifting music in unusual locations,their latest video isn't just fun to watch. The group combined the songs "Amazing Grace," "Fight Song" and short interludes from "Scotland The Brave" to create an anthem of strength.
"This song and video for us was a struggle but a beautifully defining one," according to the video's description.
The Piano Guys explained the significance of the arrangement below the video.
"We all struggle. Not in the same way, nor at the same level, but we all want a fighting chance," The Piano Guys wrote. "And we all share in one gift: the will to make the most of our lives. To take what we’ve been given and turn it into something better could be considered the sentient measuring stick of success. But to do so seldom is simple and more often requires we fight. Not against each other. But against the current threatening to drown the ambition in us."
The video was filmed at the Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland, where the group collaborated with members of the Wasatch and District Pipe Band.

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19. Music Monday - The Wexford Carol

One of my favorite Christmas songs - this version courtesy of Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma. Lovely!

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20. Succulent Saturday - Studio Cats

Artist Kiri Ostergaard Leonard filled a charming blog post with examples of studio kittehs. See it here.  One-eyed Max, who spends a great deal of his time being a lump on the corner of my desk, is featured last.

(And here he is glowering after being poked, so that you can at least see his face... He does show it once in awhile....)

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21. Figure Friday

Last life drawing session of the year...

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22. Sunday Sketching -


In the teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee...

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23. Music Monday - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Love this performance of this carol from The Piano Guys..

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24. Christmas Eve - O Come, All Ye Faithful

A lovely a cappella version of this hymn (both musically and visually) - 



Wishing you warmth and peace tonight....

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25. Sunday Sketching

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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