Ink & Watercolor in Canson 7″x10″ Sketchbook (Larger)

This little flower stand looked inviting and yet so forlorn all by itself on a dark, lonely corner in downtown Oakland the night before Thanksgiving. On my way home from work I stopped to take a few photos using a postbox as a tripod and was lucky enough to get some good shots.

I did this quick ink sketch with watercolor from a photo as a study for an oil painting. I especially like the way this appears on the monitor since it enhances the feeling of light glowing out of the dark.

I’ve been feeling a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lately — grumpy and craving light. I know that it’s a common affliction and just a physical reaction — that things are just as fine in my life as they were a couple weeks ago before SAD hit. A friend of mine recommends sitting in front of special lights designed for this purpose and says they really help her. I know exercise helps mood so I’ve been trying to do more of that, especially outdoors when it’s sunny, but I think it’s time to explore SAD lights.

As much as I love to occasionally spend a good rainy afternoon listening to Mozart’s Requiem and wallowing in melancholia, generally I prefer feeling cheery.

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  1. Wallowing in melancholia? I haven’t heard of SAD before, but perhaps it’s because we don’t have snow or really cold winters and there’s often sunshine. I like your flowers – ink is lovely to use – I must try it again as the colours can mix and run all over the place. It’s hot and humid today and I ache for some cool winds!
    w.

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  2. I love the atmosphere you’ve created. Those chinks of light make the stall look cosy and inviting.

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  3. Beautiful Jana. I especially like the lighted windows way off to the right. They are an important part of evoking the real night time feeling.

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  4. Yes — SAD — my sister suffers horribly from this — but the cheery glow of this watercolor is just wonderful, Jana! I love what you did here — and hope the sunshine of the day helps!!!!

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  5. Thanks Wendy. Actually the only ink used was in the drawing. The dark area is indigo watercolor.

    Jess and Shirley, what’s funny is that those chinks of light were originally a tall rack of greeting cards beside the flower stand. I didn’t like the way they looked so I quickly swiped at them with my brush and they ended up being a little building in the distance.

    Lin, sorry to hear your sister suffers terribly from SAD. I think it’s more common than people know but fortunately it’s fairly minor in my case…just enough to know it’s there and to miss my usual joyfullness.

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  6. This just glows, Jana! The bright colors aginst the indigo are superb. A friend of mine suggested daylight spectrum lights up here too because we get so much rain and dreary days. I haven’t needed them yet as the rainy days have been broken up with glorious sunny days. However, I keep hearing the locals say, “I’m just not ready for the rains to start yet” which gives me the sneeking suspicion that when winter sets in, in full swing, the glorious days will be few.

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  7. Stunning! This glows beautifully.

    We are in the depths of low light, here in the Western Hemisphere. I try to console myself by remembering that we’re about to bounce at the Solstice and head back up. It is hard though.

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  8. Oh, Jana, I LOVE this. How gorgeous–you managed luminous transparency even at night.

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  9. Ditto — and it’s been so rainy for the last few days, and dark in the morning that even exercise (which has to happen indoors) doesn’t seem to help. But it’s almost 9 a.m. now, and I can see that the light is different, more hopeful, so I’m going to go out in it and remember to look carefully at things, the way you do. Thanks for this lovely, lovely post.

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  10. If I saw this on a dull day I would be instantly cheered. I suggest printing this as a blank card.
    I’ve heard good things about sadlights, but, right now, I’m like Wendy (above) and longing for a cooling breeze!

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  11. It’s awful when lack of sunlight leads to fatigue and grumpiness. That bothered me much more before I retired, but now I can get outside a bit more and have more time to exercise, which helps too. One season I actually tried medication, and to my surprise it helped. Anyway, I love the dark and light contrast on you flower stand. It certainly cheered me up.

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