Above: Second page spread in a new Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal (7.75 x 9.75 inches). I only had a pen and a small mini watercolor set in which most of the colors had been used up (I forgot to fill it). But I drew first with a flat Niji waterbrush, using the leftover mixed dried paint on my palette. Then I scribbled in some ink lines. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
This week's posts turned out to be about seizing moments for sketching. I like to arrive early at my massage appointments so that I can relax a bit, and sketch a bit. It's always a good time to focus on structures, to work out ways to capture light and texture. I look at sketches like these as notations.
Left: Quick sketch of the Doorway: North location, in a small Hahnemühle pocket notebook. David and I talk throughout the massage and I always make notes about things to watch or see—it's value added!
While I prefer to go to the Open Book location of my massage therapist's office (the Doorway), sometimes my schedule is mixed up and I to go to the north office. It's a longer drive (hence the disinclination to go there as driving aggravates my shoulder problems), but it is still shorter than where I used to drive for massage, and I come home refreshed.
I've had three really great massage therapists in my life, first because of a car accident, and then because of a string of minor injuries and sports related issues. I gave up the first massage therapist because she moved out of town. I'd still be with Sara at Northwestern Health Sciences Univerity's Bloomington Natural Care Center, except that when I hurt my left shoulder last fall I couldn't manage the long drives. (If you live in the southern and western areas of the cities I heartily recommend her.)
Since I couldn't drive down to Sara and I was crippled by my shoulder injury and problems with my other arm, a friend recommended David at the Doorway and not only is he only 5 minutes away, he's done wonders with my neck and shoulders. I have had him save my twice-a-month spots for FOREVER. After just one session I was able to raise and stretch my arm, and his work made it possible for me to log 1,756 miles in less than 5 months while coming back not only from injury but pneumonia (and facing a lot of rain days!). I pretty much think David is essential.