It wasn’t a resolution of mine, but it just so happens that with the new year I’ve been starting each morning with a bit of drawing and a lot of clarinet practice.
As far as the drawing goes, Daughter gave me these cool watercolor markers that are incredibly fun. One end has a brush tip and the other end is a normal marker. Using them both, you can make fine works of Art.
Or in my case, draw a handful of flowers. That works too.
You may think that looks like a pretty simple drawing of flowers that I scribbled out in no time flat. Actually, it was my best of three drawings done over the course of an hour or so.
The first two didn’t look so much like flowers as squished grapes.
From there I decided it was time to tackle something more challenging, so I drew a picture of my drawing table.
I’ve come to the realization that Art is hard. In fact, I think if more people spent time trying to draw or paint or whatever, there’d be a much greater appreciation for Art overall. Even the weird stuff.
Okay, so back to my own Artistic Endeavors: both my drawing and clarinet practice take place in our sunroom, which currently is seeing very little sun. (Winter in Minnesota, dontchya know.)
This used to be the room where I did all my writing, but — surprise! — not a lot of writing has been happening. (Still working on that… time is an elusive gift.)
What’s lovely about this sunroom is that it offers a perfect view of our backyard bird feeders. Right next to the door is a cabinet where I keep their rations — various types of seed, peanuts, suet, etc.
This is what the cabinet looks like:
Man, getting perspective right is super hard! Honestly, the cabinet is level and not at all warped. Also, it’s light blue, but I couldn’t find my blue marker. I could have asked Lady Grey where it was, but it was time for clarinet practice.
Big news, folks! I can now play a super high G!
Also called an altissimo register G, or G6. Here’s how it’s written:
This is as high as my fingering chart takes me, though I’m told the clarinet can go to the C above that.
You may ask why I’d want to play such notes.
It’s a fair question. My cats ask it all the time.
Besides being useful in jazz (or Stravinsky), the more control I have over these super high notes the better my other notes will sound too. Also, I can’t expect to improve if I don’t try new things, take on new challenges and push the limits of my abilities.
At least, that’s the theory. My cats might offer a different opinion.
So anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to lately and what’s been keeping me from writing something here, for you very good people who are oh-so-patient and oh-so-forgiving and no, I’m not trying to butter-you-up-what-makes-you-think-that?
You know, it’s like what Dave was telling me over at Plying Through Life: All these multiple interests might keep us from blogging, but it’s the multiple interests that make a blog more interesting.
So on the one hand I might be posting more illustrations, but on the other hand I might be posting less often.
Whatever may come, I appreciate your sticking around. Really, I do.
Before I go, here’s a recording of a song I’m trying to learn and before you ask, the answer is no. I sound nothing like this guy (Ewan Bleach).
But give me another 20 to 30 years practice and I might sound almost a third as good. Which would still be pretty good, right?