|Moon in the west.|
And that was only on the way back from warming up the van.
Earlier, I practiced samatha meditation ~ at 5:30am give or take. I've been engaging in this practice early in the day for about two weeks and I am finding a difference from meditation before bed. For one thing, I'm awake the rest of the day to reap the benefits of sitting. For another, I am learning that meditating does NOT in any way guarantee me the perfect day. It only means I meditated in the morning and I can just go to bed at night. It's a beneficial occurrence.
|Nestled in the trees on the mountain.|
My very first Prismacolor tutorial find turned out to be the most important: How to Properly Sharpen . . . For years, and I mean this literally, I've been sharpening these soft-core, very expensive pencils incorrectly. As shown in the cute sales video, it's the sharpener that should be doing the turning NOT the pencil. Nearly each and every time I've turned the pencil in the sharpener, I've lost too much of the colored core. As mentioned, these puppies are expensive ~ a busted core is costly. Then I played with blending, but nothing much to show for it here.
|Moon in the trees.|
Reasons why it's important to be present in the studio.
Sadly, my day is once again winding down. I've one more run to the Rec Center and then I'm in for the night. No painting again.