I am feeling much too lazy to write a lot today so I will take refuge in the pictures (that may be worth 1000 words.)
I did notice that the blogs in which I include photos or sketches draw infinitely more comments than the ones with just words and drivel. I think I am beginning to get the message, but I still intend to write lots of words during blog time because I love words. However, on lazy days I am delighted to be able to fall back on illustrations of one kind or another.
During the 50's, guitars and folk music were a big thing and a boyfriend gave me a guitar when I wistfully confessed that my ukulele was no longer satisfying. I took one lesson, developed a few rudimentary callouses and learned the chords for about 6 songs. I only played and sang when I was mildly to crazily drunk but since that was my condition much of the time back then I guess I played and sang a fair amount....loudly but not too well. I did NOT always play and sing naked.
This sketch was intended to be a Christmas card I believe, or maybe it actually WAS a greeting card.....I can't remember if it was published or not, but I just may use it this year.........I have no idea what those funny dots were.
This sketch always reminds me of the years in which I took my life in my hands to climb out the window of our apartment onto the very sloping roof and erect a Christmas tree by wiring the stand to the nearby chimney, then bringing out said tree, boxes of balls, strings of lights and a ladder. This rooftop was visible to all who traveled along
Sunset Blvd at the end of the Sunset Strip and beginning of
Beverly Hills and my Father insisted we bring joy to the public by putting up this tree each year. (Easy for him to be so benevolent......it was always my neck at risk.)
The little flyer below was one sketch that I actually sold and made money (?) on. Two dear friends had a lovely shop on Melrose Ave. called
The Four Winds. They had incredibly good taste and wonderful merchandise and honored me by hiring me to do their periodic mailing pieces. We had great fun with this series. I am so glad I found this sketch.
Uh Oh...I have cats crawling all over my keyboard making further typing impossible so I will take this as an omen and sign off for now.
As I often promise, I will close with a tease.....
Maverick of a weird, but wonderful family. Have managed to stay alive for an astounding 86+ years kept alive by a passionate interest in many things and a sense of humor.
Have led 2 or 3 separate lives,the first 40 years as a starving artist, ceramist, and graphic designer. At age 40 a matchbook cover that said "Be A Computer Programmer" inspired me to go back to school and emerge as a binary fanatic. Loved my work, had a wonderful 20 year career as programmer and trouble shooter. At the same time I had the chance to meet, befriend and marry Jazz Cornetist Pete Daily,an idol of my youth, whom I had worshipped in my young life. Lost him to cancer after 11 wonderful (and sometimes awful) years. Retired in 1989 and had 20 years of fantastic travel adventures all over the world. Now I crochet afghans, tend my garden, my 3 cats, the neighborhood birds and squirrels, a flock of voracious hummingbirds and assorted wildlife like possums and raccoon families who come nightly to my Porch Buffet. A great life, and it ain't over yet !....(after all, I have just discovered Blogging....)