Ok...first things first. I sent an email last night to Craftsy customer service with feedback on the colored pencil class. I very kindly detailed the issues/problems I had with the class and suggested that they might want to review it for improvements. Craftsy does have a 100% money back guarantee but the policy says a refund must be requested within 30 days of purchase. I bought this class back in early May so I knew I was outside of the 30 days and noted that in my email. I wasn't expecting a refund at all. I'll give Craftsy props, though...I did get a refund and a very nice email letting me know that they want customers to learn and grow through the classes they offer and since I didn't experience that, they would refund my money. So, yay Craftsy!
Now today has been an off day. As I've said repeatedly by now, I'm a terrible sleeper and the last couple of nights have been particularly bad. Not only was I super tired today, I think I slept in a weird position or something cause the muscles around my right shoulder blade feel tight and achy. I'm right handed so I didn't really feel like drawing today. But I really didn't want to get off track with my daily art project so I sat down for a few minutes and sketched the Portland skyline and colored it with colored pencils. It's another one of those quirky sketches of mine :)
I feel like I've been doing well grieving for my sweet pooch. I have a great support system in my husband, mom and friends. My husband is, of course, grieving for Kagero, too, so I don't want him to feel responsible for always being strong for me so I've sought out some additional support in the form of a pet loss support group offered by a local pet hospital, Dove Lewis. I'm not typically a joiner and being an introvert, it's often difficult for me to put myself out there to strangers and to be in situations where I have to interact with people without the buffer of someone I know also around. I got there super early (1.5 hours ahead of the start) so I figured I'd use the time doing some urban sketching. The lobby of Dove Lewis is nice, spacious so I was able to find a quiet corner with a big window to draw in. Luckily, there was an interesting building across the street and I had a mostly unobstructed view of it. I started this sketch with pencil and definitely erased a lot but once I felt I had a good handle on it, I started to ink the outlines. I had to stop to go to the group session so I picked up once I got back home and then added the color. I like this one. I think I'm getting better at drawing what I'm seeing but it's still nice and loose.
The group session went well and I feel like it helped to share my sweet girl with others, to receive support from them and to offer support to those who are also hurting. I'll probably go to another one.