My younger son has developed the habit of telling me that he "needs to boost oxytocin" when he wants a hug, like when he is stressed out on the way to school in the morning.
The closest thing we've had to a pet recently was a slug I brought home on a bunch of radishes from the local farmers market. Much to my husband's dismay, I managed to keep it alive for a week on a steady diet of fresh organic radish leaves.
I may have been overinvested in the welfare of the slug.
But eating all the extra radishes was probably not bad for the rest of us.
I neglected to post this one back on October 20th, although if was just a black and white drawing then.
“I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.”
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 31
This one was based on a moment of brotherly togetherness while waiting to see the dentist last weekend.
If only those all teeth were brushed more conscientiously... Now that it is November 14th, I wish I could say that this last drawing is the end of Inktober, but yet I am still finishing the watercolor portions of a few previous images.
I would like to remind anyone who might possibly take an interest, that I did make it to day 25 and the theft of my phone before everything fell apart completely.
I never ever missed a night with the napkins, but now that I don’t stay up so late, things move so very much more slowly.
And strangely, as my sons mature into adolescence, they are not becoming less time consuming...or less toothsome.
“I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling”
Is it stress? Or just fear of vegetables?
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 29
I am constantly torn between wanting to shout at my kids to grow up, to be more responsible, to realize that they live an over privileged, over indulged, insulated life...and simultaneously seeing that they are completely overloaded and over stressed and not able to really enjoy their childhood.
(Yes, I remain far behind on this inktober thing...but still trying)
“What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?”
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 28
The day I after started this drawing, one of our kids was trying to deal with his life stress by being, shall we say, inappropriately over assertive. What had seemed like a humorous sketch when I started, seemed a bit less funny.
But a couple of days later, I have mostly regained my sense of humor.
“The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 27
Yes, it is October 31st today and this is drawing number 27.
While I was arguing with my younger son about his homework on the subway ride home late last week, an unsympathetic individual relieved me of my cellphone, and due to a terminally uncooperative series of computer and “cloud” backups, most of my data.
Several days, and over a dozen hours of Apple tech support later, I am pleased to report that I did not lose everything, although I did lose all of some things... but at least I know when most of our dental appointments are scheduled. Mostly.
So, back to finishing Inktober. I still have a few more drawings in the pipeline. And I have yet another appointment with Apple tomorrow. So more delays. It will be a bit of Inkvember, I fear.
This drawing was originally destined for National Pumpkin Day last week, but it seems equally appropriate today.
Happy Halloween! And maybe consider printing out the contents of your phone on paper....
"From my infancy I was imbued with high hopes and a lofty ambition"
(But don't let my parents know)
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 25
Did you know that because of their low nutrient diet, koalas sleep 20 hours a day? That they are "asocial" and "spend just 15 minutes a day on social behaviors." They also have the smallest brain in proportion to body weight of any mammal. Koalas are therefore definitely not innovative thinkers. According to Wikipedia, "when presented with plucked leaves on a flat surface, the animal cannot adapt to the change in its normal feeding routine and will not eat the leaves."
Perhaps those koalas were busy watching YouTube videos while reclining on the couch and were hoping if they remained motionless long enough their mother would heat the leaves up in the toaster oven and serve them?
But they are cute!
Are they still cute? I remember hearing that they were adorable, but when I look closely...
Who was I talking about?
Just kidding guys. I really just wanted to draw you with animal heads. Among other creatures, I considered birds and snakes, but nothing seemed more appropriate than Koalas.
"Pitiless as you have been towards me, I now see compassion in your eyes"
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 19
Doing reading homework on the train on the way home is pretty damn difficult...even for those who are not a tired, distractible 10 year old boy.
But I can't afford to be too sympathetic, or else, we will never be finished, and never get home.
It finally happened. I had a good run of 18 days of finished ink and watercolor drawings. this Inktober. But there is no way this one is going to get a color treatment tonight unless I stayed up extra late, and I am no longer allowed to do so.
So here it is as a monochrome. The fish was going to be a really lovely reddish orange to contrast with the florescent light of subway.
Please use your imagination to conjecture what a nice job I might have done with that.
Sadly, when I finish it later when I don't have a deadline, I will probably fuss over it and kill it.