There are days when I'm sketching or painting, that I'm so caught up in the work, there's little that can distract me. I'll look up at the clock, it's nearing 4am, and even though I'm desperate in wanting to finish alla prima (or alla weeka), I'll look down at the piece and reluctantly sigh at putting in a good day of creating.. Now that I'm teaching, it's a bit different, and a bit of the same.. Most of the sessions when I'm working with students interactively on their projects, things need to be done in that session, in order to give them enough time for final execution. The other day after getting back to the apartment, shedding all the apparatus of modern life, thankful that I'm paying rent, and looking down at my day, I noticed the two Tombow pencils I'd brought with me staring up; Reliable, Trusty and blunted stubs.. I sighed at a good days creating, before I re-sharpened to start again.. and no, "Trusty and Blunted" isn't a name I danced under.. =) Stay tuned..