Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sketchbook Project #3

I have a long list of things to include in my sketchbook for "The Project". Something that popped into my head this morning was the Jackpine Savage Beard Contest that our local paper sponsors every year. We're proud of our backwoodsy, scruffy beards! So, I immortalized this local custom for my third entry. I had some bleed through from the other side of the page again, so his face is a little smudgy. Oh well!

It was a good day off. It got better after a 2 hour nap! I worked hard yesterday and then stayed up too late (my fault). That combo is never a great thing.

It was beautiful outside today. The birdsong was tumultuous. Redwing blackbirds, pileated woodpeckers, starlings and dozens more. It's good to finally open windows and patio doors and let spring inside.

I'm going to try to be smart and get to bed early. Five o'clock alarm in the morning. We said good-bye to a great co-worker yesterday. She's retiring and she deserves it. She's in her 70's and was working part-time just for something to do. We'll miss her positive attitude and great work ethic. We have two new girls, so hopefully they'll learn quickly and stick around. One girl who had left on a long school trip is back and she's coming back to work. That's exciting! But we still need a couple more to be up to speed. Prayers appreciated. We're a weary bunch!

Goodnight all! And shalom to all of you!


  1. I love the beard guy, Lisa! I hope you get some more good workers at the deli!

  2. A scruffy beard contest. That would be quite something to see. My youngest would be a good candidate with his wild and wiry reddish beard. I like your sketch.

  3. Hallo, Lisa, I love this face!! You made a beautiful drawing, full of life and charisma, a message of to be friendly, simple, devote and ripe. Somehow this man is your brother in heart...

    Blessings and good wishes for this first May and for this whole month, with amazing new light green colour and bird's singing.

    How is your pollen-allergy?

    Greetings from the Bavarian Forest - Dori, sr.i.Chr.

  4. Lisa, you sound like a hard worker. I hope all the rest of the team are as responsible. Your bearded man is wonderful. I love the expression on his face. I just looked at your sidebar and see that your visits to blogs lasted all night, or else the times given are wrong. Hope you get better sleep tonight. Mine last night was broken by a 2 hour wake time from 3 to 5 a.m. I had no place I had to be so I went back and slept 3 more hours.

  5. your scruffy beard painting is great!! what a great addition to your book. i'm loving it so far!!

  6. I love the idea of that beard contest -- great! Gets the menfolk involved in a good way. I like for men to be proud of their manliness, and there's hardly anything more manly than a beard :)
    Another bloggy friend in her 60s in SE Florida (Flower Lady) just lost her part-time job. I've kept thinking how I wish she could work with you, since you need the help, and she needs the work! Ah well -- That's a long commute! Get yourself some sleep :)


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