Been an expensive week, it has. My heating/air unit died for the last time. It's been costing about a grand a year just to keep it repaired for the past four or five years. A couple years ago the heater died on Xmas Eve and of course no one could fix it over that weekend, so by the time it got fixed it was down to 40 degrees inside. Brr! It's kinda surreal to be sitting there watching tv while your breath is visible. Anyhow, the thing died again last week (coils cracked and leaked out all the coolant and burned out the circuit board all in one go) and that was the last straw. Spent a horrible amount on a brand new unit. Sigh. At least I won't have to worry about it again for a number of years.
I also went and ordered one o them Wacom drawing tablets. An Intuos. I've never used one before, but I've wanted to try it for years. If it works and encourages me to draw more, it'll be a worth it. Thing is, I don't have a very visual imagination. I have ideas, and I have the technical skill (if a bit rusty), but
there's a blockage in there somewhere that doesn't allow a proper
translation. I can't form a good solid image in my mind to draw from (and faces are also very fuzzy in my memory). When I visualize something it's very unstable and abstract. It lacks detail and is more a set of concepts rather than pictures. A blur of trunks and green are a forest. I need to view something in front of me to draw it well. It's why I express myself much better with writing than drawing.
It's not that rare, people have a wide range of visualization acuity and even good artists can have very little. They either make it work for them or they find a workaround. It does affect the drawing process, though. When I want to draw realistically without a reference it starts out as a lot of rough overlapping sketches, honing in more and more as the vague concept starts to look more natural. The problem with that is it takes a lot of trial-and-error and a whole lot of erasing. Paper just doesn't last long against all the erasing I have to do... gets those fuzzy spots. It's the same reason I disliked painting -- you can't erase! But with digital drawing and tablets, I can erase and redo all I need to without any trouble. That's the theory, anyway. Here's hoping!
Oh, and I've counted six turtles in my yard, a chipmunk, and one three-legged squirrel.