Where Did the Day Go?

Where did the day go? Ink & watercolor pencil

Where did the day go? Ink & watercolor pencil

Does this ever happen to you? You start off the morning feeling optimistic about everything you’ll get done today and then suddenly it’s evening and the To-Do list has only grown? Not only the day flew by, but given the date on this sketch, so has a week or two.

I sketched this sign while sipping an afternoon latte at Peet’s Coffee. Two women at the next table seemed so intrigued by my watercolor pencils and water brush that I said, “Here, try it!” and let them color and paint (on their napkins).

I’ve been so busy with working, teaching watercolor, and squeezing in a little time for painting and sketching that I’ve gotten behind on posting. But my number one priority today is finishing binding a new journal as I’m down to the last two pages in my current one and they’re reserved for my end-of-sketchbook self portraits.

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About Jana Bouc

I am an artist who loves (and lives) to sketch and paint in watercolor and oils. I teach watercolor classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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13 Responses to Where Did the Day Go?

  1. cynthia says:

    Oh, I can SO relate to that feeling of “where did the days go”? Seems like the summer has flown by with not much to show for it. That was a cheerful sketch and I like the idea of offering to let people try out your materials. I once let a “guest artist” of about 4 years do a drawing in the back of my sketch book.

  2. elizabeth says:

    Where did the summer go or has it arrived? Each Tuesday, as our group goes out to paint, we shiver… tomorrow promises to be a nice day.. we are heading to Cornerstone in Sonoma, beautiful gardens and much to see… E.

  3. Imogen Dent says:

    Like the first comment poster, i recognise that feeling so well! Such is life, beautiful and ephemeral and so often startlingly busy…

  4. Sherry says:

    Indeed. For me those sorts of days happen much more often in the summer, when i tend to think I have all days to …fill in the blank…and then I don’t do whatever I intended.

  5. Carol C. says:

    Yep, I know that feeling! That’s how I felt about the two weeks I just spent in Alaska—where’d it go?!! It’s already time to go back to work…..

  6. Michelle says:

    As a teacher, I have the summer off, and always start with a long to do list…making sure many are fun things. With 2 weeks left, my list is longer, not shorter! Oh dear. Jana, what kind of watercolor pencils and water brush do you use most?!?! Painting with these is on my list!!

    • Jana Bouc says:

      Hi Michelle, I do that with vacations too. I know they’re meant to be for R&R but I always have a long to do list instead. The watercolor pencils I use are Caran D’Ache Supracolor Soft. I have a tin of 18. And the water brush is made by Niji Sakura. I mostly use the middle sized one. I think the watercolor pencils are fun, but when I’ve tried to use them to create a watercolor-look I didn’t feel it was successful. I guess they’re just their own medium and need to be used as such. I haven’t taken the time to get “good” at them, and have gone back to carrying a small watercolor palette with me instead of the colored pencils. Jana

  7. dinahmow says:

    Good for you to give those women your brush n pencils! I hope they were inspired?
    And, for you or anyone else in your neighbourhood this http://www.greenchairpress.com/blog/?p=1459
    looks like fun. Bit too far for me, I’m afraid!;-)

    • Jana Bouc says:

      Their Paper-Girl site is interesting and their art ideas look like fun. Alas, too far for me too. I live across the Bay from S.F. and since their focus seems to be on delivering art by bicycle and bikes aren’t allowed on the bridge, I can’t play. But thanks for sharing link! I’m curious how you happened to find them? Jana

  8. Raena says:

    I can so relate to this post right now! Where did the first part of August go??

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