By The Lantern's Glow

9:22 AM

Watercolor and Ink
3.5 x 8.5 inches
Handbook Watercolor
Sketchbook
As I mentioned in an early post, I find that the days are whizzing by so quickly that I (and my husband) are having trouble keeping track of the what event happened on which day, and I feel a "need" to capture more info about those days in my sketches.

Does this mean I'm getting old?

You would think that the date of the day you lost power for 17 hours would lodge in your brain, but no, it didn't. When I asked Chris which Thursday the storm happened on, he wasn't sure if it was two weeks ago or three. I had to google it to make sure I had the date right. It was March 31st.

What did we do before Google?

I had already drawn the lamp a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to painting it last night. I turned out the lights, lit the lamp and away I went. I recommend painting by firelight once in a while—it will show you just how familiar you are with the paints on your palette and their layout!

The first thing Chris noted about this sketch is the purple background.

I made a couple of missteps, adding green rather than blue a few times, but for the most part, I was able to relax and just go with whatever I happened to pick up on the brush.

Painting and reading by lamplight gives me new respect for my grandparents and the generations before them—it takes a real desire and dedication to do much by lamplight, most especially if you're spoilt by modern day conveniences!

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