Drawn reports in the form of the portraits - war in Ukraine. November 30-December 3, 2022.

November 30, 2022. Day 280 of war.
My parents went for a tiny walk which ended up as a 2.5 hr stroll (record!). The weather was very nice, they met a lot of friendly people and some dogs to play with. Found good places to rest. My parents told me about Ukrainian singer whom they found on youtube. Dad told me about some adventures of traveling without tickets. Mom has reached a part of her memoirs where I can contribute a bit so we are trying to recall some events together these days. We discussed power banks and options for warming up for friends and family in Kharkiv.

December 3, 2022. Day 283 of the war.
We talk about new Ukrainian words that my parents prepared for me, and some physics effects of yogurt and acrylic markers (that I was shaking during the call). Dad told me a story about making money by sitting exams for someone else and Mom told me about her excursion to get the trash out. We talk about the war and all the people connected to it, the conversation is punctuated by listing all the things that we are grateful for. 

Nonagenarian update

Little snippets from the everyday moments with our nonagenarian. New books (many in Ukrainian). I enjoy noticing little changes in the outfits and hairdo, how things are positioned in the room. We discuss news about her plants. Little things.   

On My Table: First Days of December 2022.

Just a couple of days ago I read somewhere that December is like a Friday of the year. I've been thinking about it since then and can probably agree - though at the moment it is a busy Friday! 

I am playing with my gouaches and mixing stencils and collages in my latest sketchbook with toned paper, making some cards for the season and there was some exciting development in my CMYK pens - I decided to make a purple and ended up with the best blue ever! It is officially my color for December!

Chanterelles in gouache and sour cream.

I spent some wonderful time in a forest where we found some luminous chanterelles! I enjoyed sketching them with gouache and then cooking them with sour cream :)

Drawn reports in the form of the portraits - war in Ukraine. November 19-27, 2022. Days 270 - 278 of war.

November 19-27, 2022. Days 270 - 278 of war.
This week we marked 9 months since the day when my parents and many people in Ukraine woke up to shelling from russian invaders. It was also a week when my Mom celebrated her birthday - her first time celebrating a birthday away from her home since she was evacuated from Kharkiv during World War II. As usual, celebrations continued for several days as phone and video calls from family and friends kept coming. Mom had a big chunk of the family to celebrate with in person - which was the main present. She reported feeling safe, warm, and grateful. Also - furious about the war, concerned about "ours back home" (which includes approximately all of Ukraine), and determined to see Ukrainian victory.