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Many a night, I’m too weary to do any more serious reading.  I normally read for 2 to 4 hours every afternoon.  My reading—plus frequent piano practice and knitting—provides plenty of detailed work for these old eyes, which are ready to rest in the evening.  There are some things I can do without reading glasses, things that are easy on the eyes such as spinning, painting, and sketching!

I love to hunker in bed with my sketchbook.  Sketching is a purely relaxing, no-particular-goal type pursuit.  I mainly sketch from memory:  my gardens, our lake view at our northern home, our condo lane dotted with ornamental crab trees, the nearby pond, the forest beyond our park, my doggie, and cliff dwellings.

I’m passionate about the region of the four corners (Colorado/Arizona/New Mexico/Utah) and the cliff dwellings there.  I love the landscape and colors of the surrounding miles—the red buttes, striated mesas, grotesque rock formations of towers and arches, the dusty expanse of quinacridone gold and burnt sienna earth, the fragrant pinion pines and desert sage, the adobe buildings, the turquoise sky, the entire scenario of the American Southwest.

Along with pencils, sketchbook, and a kneaded rubber eraser, I keep a jar of Sharpie® markers next to my side of the bed.  What a glorious way to savor a long winter evening!

Margaret L. Been, ©2011

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