This picture illustrates “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”, the audiobook I have listened to lately. Nice story! Mrs. Frisby is a field mouse, a widow with five children. One day her youngest son, Timothy, gets ill and his mom starts big campaign to save his life. Ink, Derwent pencils and a little of watercolor in the end, just to add yellow and blue tint.
The Country Mouse is visiting Town Mouse, and he gets fascinated with town food. He knows nothing about mouse traps yet. My last Sunday drawing: it was started on Sunday, finished quite a few days later. A lot to do again.
Today is 20th, so I have finished background and listed this mouse on eBay. 20th is eBay day. It helps to have fixed date, or some drawings could wait forever, unfinished. Interesting: lately eBay gives me points for my seller’s activities. A month ago my score was “average” and now is “above standard” (?). I list 3-4 drawings every month, same way and almost always at the same price, so how have I made this progress? Just like my dad was promoted to higher rank as a reserve officer every ten years or so, without any effort on his side. Being reserve officer was absolutely last thing he was interested in, but every engineer was registered as one. Nothing could be done about it. I suspect he would stay on the list even if he had run away to West Berlin, jumping through the famous wall.
Here’s the alternative; Jan likes this one more, even if it’s not so very typical field mouse. And talking about mice; my husband found a very beautiful apartament in outer wall, when he was taking the plaster down; it was in empty space between trunks. Two rooms, one partially filled with corn. Must be bedroom and dining room. Well, the wall got seriously rebuilt, so this mouse probably won’t be able to come back. It must be very angry now.
This mouse is a character from a fairytale by Jan Andre Kallestad, but I think it will be my mouse, and for Jan I’ll draw another; he would like to have more childish-style mouse, smaller and funnier animal with bigger ears. So, there will be one more teacup drawing soon. All heaters hang on walls; we are happy.
This week the house has been one big mess, now things are more or less OK. New heaters hang on walls. Most walls are painted. Most furniture back in place. Kitchen still out of use, so I have to cook on verandah. Not much different then cooking under tents; with a bit of good will, you may even consider this to be a holiday attraction. This is the only drawing I’ve made this week, late evening, when cleaning was over. I think I want to be this mouse.
“Mom, are there mouses on the moon?” This is one of late evening drawings completed at the last cup of tea, just before going to bed. Sometimes it takes quite long: 10 minutes one day, 20 minutes next day and so on. And now it’s time to go and cook something; the whole family is coming back home this weekend. Have Happy Easter, everyone.