Sunday, November 26, 2017

Movie Popcorn

Holiday Weekend Movie Goers

We did finally make it to the other superhero movie over the fall break. At the beginning of every day over the long weekend, we would start by announcing that we would go see the DC movie that day, and then motivation would somehow prove to be insufficient. 

But today we finally made it to to the theater, and I finally have managed to photograph this napkin. 

Low expectations are often good when it comes to such things, however, so by the time we did see the movie, our younger son pronounced it not so bad after all. My expectations were perhaps not low enough for the movie or the napkin. 

But I heard that the movie theater popcorn was ok.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Train

Happy Turkey Day:

I can’t really explain this one. We spend a lot of time on the subway, and this one man’s bright orange sweatshirt hood just seemed like it needed a wild turkey head. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Koalas Wait for Their Train

Fluffy and cute, but not necessarily friendly or motivated.

Another very late watercolor completion of an inktober drawing.

Mollusc Oxytocin

Mollusc Oxytocin 
Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing 20

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. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cabbage Cross Patch Adolescent

Cabbage Cross Patch Adolescent:

Times are still tough...I am still tormenting my older son.
It’s for his own good. Really. 
And it might also be that I can’t help myself.

And, it’s still inktober around here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Subway with Pets

Still finishing the watercolors for inktober. (This was from October 24th)

My younger son asked me today to please stop drawing his face. I reassured him that this was the same old drawing from a few days back, just with some color added.

Back to napkins soon!

Subway Homework with Not So Bright Fish

Yes, still inktober. 

I liked the fantasy version of the watercolor portion of this one that I had in my head when I didn't have time to finish it back on October 19th.  The fish was really jewel-like and translucent. 

I forget that my cheap student-grade watercolors do not have the same color saturation as my non-archival markers on napkins.

Snarky Adolescents

“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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


“A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility”

Inktober 2017 / Hideous Progeny Drawing #30

There is such a strong need for relaxation, yet too much time spent pressed up against the couch cushions might not be a good thing.

(Yes, it is November 9th and Inktober was supposed to end, well, in October. I have somehow not managed to post the last two drawings. That’s just kind of the way things are going lately)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cabbage Crosspatch

“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)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Talk to the Hand

“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.