I'm hardly alone in this, I know, but I love Saturday nights. We ritually clean house on Saturday morning so the whole place feels fresh and, with a whole other day off still in the wings, Saturday really feels like freedom. First a great dinner and some good wine (last night's was a marriage of Italy and France: homemade Pizza Margherita and a bottle of Longue-Dog) and then I lose myself in my own world and carve my latest block, or draw, until it's popcorn and movie time around 11:00. We're lucky to belong to a video store with a wide selection of obscure and unusual films so movie time is often a bit of an adventure.
Before that though, while I work, R either plays his own music or we listen to jazz. My dad always listened to late-night jazz when I was growing up and I got used to the sounds drifting into my room as I fell asleep. I still love listening to jazz at night. Specially when I carve. Saturday night: the outside world on pause, good music streaming from the internet or from the CD player, and a block to work on. Bliss.
Here's a picture of my work area; it's just a small corner of the bedroom but I love it here. It's total sanctuary.
I've got a gorgeous Annie Bissett print on the wall next to me as I work (I tried to take a picture but couldn't get past the reflection on the glass) and I like to surround myself with icons that inspire me in some way: rocks, pottery, random pictures, the Krakonoš marionette I picked up in the Czech Republic eight years ago.
Krakonoš is a figure from Czech folklore dating back to the 1500s, a reclusive and elusive "old man of the mountains" said to protect and help good people and punish evil ones. There's a number of legends about him and I like the symbolism. I guess I lean toward odd guardian angels.
Last night I began carving an Easter card I'm hoping to send out. Normally I make traditional Czech Easter eggs but that's not going to happen this year so I've decided to take a different approach. This is the sketch I did for the card:
And here's the same thing with some Photoshop colour added in:
It's not actually going to end up like this afterall, I changed my mind halfway through carving it but it was fun playing anyway. I was hoping to print today but didn't finish the block yet so one more Saturday night to go. I might just make it in time for Easter...