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January was a weird month for me. I sped through the new journal I started on January first in only a couple weeks. I loved the Folio antique (cream) paper that I had used for text pages. Everything works well on it. But it was a weird month mostly because a friend's dog had just died on Boxing Day and Dottie's death day is in January. It seemed the best way to grieve was to fill pages and pages with dog sketches. When I didn't have animals nearby and I couldn't go to the Bell Museum or one of the zoos, I spent entire evenings watching dog shows on television and sketching with a brush pen.

I also struggled with a new prescription for my trifocals. Fussy, fussy, fussy.

Above is a sketch of a friend's cat. Rice sent me a MOVIE of Moe. She had just purchased a new digital camera with the capability of recording brief movies. Unable to get out and draw any live animals on this day I stopped the movie (it was a very short movie clip), took off my glasses, and sat way back from my screen. This isn't ideal, but it's better than having no animals to draw. I used Pentel's black Color Brush, which isn't lightfast or archival, but is watersoluble and makes a lovely blur when I add the gouache. (This is an 8 x 8 inch journal so the spread ends up being 16 inches wide.)

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