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10/04/2010 04:25:00 PM Posted In Edit This 31 Comments »
So, because of my impending surgery and the need to keep putting drops in my eye, I'm sticking very close to home .... as in going no place.  Today I was out with the dog making sure she didn't leave the yard (even tho it's fenced, she sometimes decides her acre to roam in isn't enough, so she jumps through the slats in the fence, (and more recently, through the bars of the farm gate), and looking down, I saw a grasshopper just sitting on the sidewalk.  I got down for a closer look ... it didn't move.  So, I picked it up - still not even an antenna twitch.  Carrying it carefully after summoning Abby, we went into the house, where I set it down with a custard cup over it.  (It's pretty chilly outside, and I wasn't totally convinced it was dead).  After quite awhile with no movement, I decided it was, indeed dead, so I carried it upstairs to my studio intending to draw it.

That's when I discovered my everyday-use- it- in -and- around -the house journal is gone!  I've looked everywhere for it. .... drawers, shelves, all sorts of canvas bags, under, over, between, through, closets, boxes, upstairs and down.  It's driving me crazy.  Sometimes I feel like I'm looking right at it but can't see it.  I Will find it, of that I have no doubt.  The larger question is, will I still have any sanity left when I do?

So, in the meantime, here's the grasshopper drawn in my new everyday journal.  It's done with ink and colored pencil,  and the lettering is indicative of my state of mind at the time.  It's written from the inside out.

31 comments:

Barbara said...

I absolutely love this page!

bettyfromtexas said...

It's terrific!! I LOVE the writing :-)

. said...

Nancy, thats such a cute drawing and like how you put the writing around it to tell the story behind the little guy. Reminds me of the butterfly I found this summer (same sad end to its life : ( But it was so beautiful in its still end.
Very nice drawing and I hope your eyes will get better soon, all the best. Hugs, mari

Sandy in Michigan said...

Nancy, Oh my gosh! I hope you find your sketchbook soon! In the meantime I love your little grasshopper sketch and the way you've done your lettering. Best wishes on your surgery.

Christine Martell said...

Delightful grasshopper. I hope your surgery goes smoothly and easily. I'll be interested to hear how you experience the change in perception. I'm noticing as I get older one eye is warmer in color perception than the other, and I wonder which is more accurate. I can't tell!

Gift of Art said...

Wonderful grasshopper! Imagine what you can do with good eyes? The rest of us won't stand a chance but I'll be glad when your eyes get fixed anyway so you can find your sketch journal.

EVA said...

Very nice grasshopper! - a shame you found him dead though.

Hope your surgery goes smoothly with wonderful results!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Nancy,

I think finding a grasshopper is a sign of very good luck.

And being able to draw him so nicely is a sign of a very good artist!

Hope your surgery is successful and am looking forward to seeing you soon.

xoxo

Janene said...

What a cute little grasshopper and pleasing layout! I wish you well on your surgery.

Sandra said...

And, you drew a happy grasshopper. He was meant to go in the new journal. You know book is in a safe place. No stress-remember that!

Zom said...

That is a beautiful grasshopper.

It is such a lovely drawing, you might want to photocopy him different sizes and collage him onto some other pages as well.

Anna Wolf said...

Wonderful little sketch! Love the way you have written in almost a spiral! And I am sorry you lost your jounal - I am sure it will appear again mysteriously... ( I myself found a book yesterday which I had looked for for ages. There it was, sitting in the bookshelf in my studio - although I must have gone through that shelf a million times already, searching...)

Anna Wolf said...

Wonderful little sketch! Love the way you have written in almost a spiral! And I am sorry you lost your jounal - I am sure it will appear again mysteriously... ( I myself found a book yesterday which I had looked for for ages. There it was, sitting in the bookshelf in my studio - although I must have gone through that shelf a million times already, searching...)

Cathy Holtom said...

I thought you were going to tell us he jumped away while you were looking for your sketchbook! Lovely sketch and story.
Good luck with the surgery.

curiouscrow said...

Lucky lucky find and fabulous drawing. If I didn't have a dead bronze beetle next to me waiting to be immortalised in pen and ink I'd be envious ;-)

debra morris said...

Great grasshopper Nancy...(just posted a pic of praying mantis)
I've been catching up with your blog and happy to see your great drawings.
Good luck with the surgery, my step-dad had it done a few years ago and his vision is much better for it

Anonymous said...

last week our group held a similar talk about this subject and you illustrate something we haven't covered yet, appreciate that.

- Laura

Martine said...

Nice tribute to theis little guy ! As for the sketchboob, you are bound to find it ... when you're not looking for it !
Sending you positive thoughts for your surgery !

Joan/Jesse said...

Love the grasshopper and the calligraphy surrounding it. I SO feel your pain at losing your sketchbook. I detest losing anything and will drive myself insane trying to locate what was just in front of me...hope you find it soon...is it one you take with you on sketch adventures? Did you leave it at a museum or coffee shop?

Sending good vibes for your eye surgery.

Revelle said...

You got a free gift, to examine and draw! Lovely job I've notices the bumble bees still gathering pollen, but slowed WAY down. I imagine if I keep looking, I'll find one frozen to a flower soon! I love this litte sketch. He looks anything but dead! Did you see the pink one they found in England? He's on my Facebook page a while back. Really unique!

Janet O'Connor said...

Hi Nancy, This page is just delightful! I really love your grasshopper drawing. It's beautiful. I hope you find your journal - maybe in a pile of books?
Thank you for commenting on my angel painting. I have a hard time knowing when to say "finished"!
I'll keep your surgery in my thoughts.

Cynthia Eloise said...

darling little grasshopper piece. i really like the little story around it.

Alex said...

It's a cute drawing and sad that it's dead.
I am sorry that you lost your journal, but like all the good things, it will reappear again soon I am sure.
I hope you get well soon!

raena said...

Very cute sketch! Hope you find your journal!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Nancy, Nice drawing of the grasshopper; they are interesting, aren't they? I like looking at bugs sometimes because they remind me of little aliens. I hope you find your journal soon! Frustrating.

Tahirih said...

Good luck on your impending surgery...I'm sure it will go very well, and you'll have your perfect vision back.
I love your grasshopper, and your inside out writing.
Thanks so much for your comments on my Bassett Hound...I hope the owner will be happy, she seems very picky so far.

Ann said...

Oh I just hate it when that happens - I know I have something and can't find it anywhere. That's a great page and drawing of the grasshopper! Good luck with your surgery.

Dan Kent said...

That sure is a happy little eulogy! The drawing is well done and I like the way you colored it. She seems to be smiling, and I am sure she is in a better place. I hope your surgery goes well!

marancat said...

A lovely sketch - a good start to your new journal! It is so frustrating when you lose an item that you use daily. I lost a favourite pen some weeks ago. Looked everywhere and then decided I must have dropped it outside the house and that was that. Then, out of the blue, my daughter 'phoned to say she had found it in her car! So don't give up - your journal will return! Best wishes for the surgery.

Krista Meister said...

Good luck with your surgery, Nancy. We'll all be here waiting for your recovery. After my own 8-day hospital stay, I'm still recovering and taking it slowly, so be sure to do the same for yourself. ((Hugs))

Peachtreeart said...

Definitely man's best friend!