then in came the legion...

Happy Saturday!

I'm still half asleep at 4 pm after a night out in D.C. last night!  Our eight year old son is on a travel hockey team and they played a short scrimmage after the first period at the Capitals game last night!  So exciting!  We took the entire brood plus my folks to see the game.  Of course, the Caps killed it!  

To celebrate, my folks took us out for a late dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, the oldest tavern in Washington, D.C. (who in my opinion has the best service in the tri-state area!).  The crab cakes were very good (not as good as Koko's in Baltimore or Casa Mia in Parkton) but my husband's filet knocked my socks off!  The really fun part is that our family has been going there together for nearly 25 years!  

We didn't get home until midnight, and quite honestly, I am out of practice.  I don't get out much and am more of a homebody...

But this morning, while sipping coffee with my fella, I looked up at "Blessed Vessel" and (I think) decided which direction it needed to go in order to tell the story I intend.

Here's some in process about an thirty minutes apart...

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I took the rough paint sketch of an anatomically correct human heart and used charcoal to add detail...

Filling in the background with my Roman soldiers...

Filling in the background with my Roman soldiers...

Drawing soldiers is dirty work...I accidentally smeared charcoal all over the canvas.

Drawing soldiers is dirty work...I accidentally smeared charcoal all over the canvas.

Here's where I stopped today.  I wish I could sketch faster!

Here's where I stopped today.  I wish I could sketch faster!

This, as well as the six other pieces are due February 24th.  Although I'm pretty nervous, it's always exciting to get my wall up and see how it looks alongside of the work of fellow artists.

Stop by Tuesday to see where were at with this piece above.  Tomorrow morning I'm going to see my newish nephew who I've tried to see for three months now.  My house kept getting sick and I had to cancel.

Atlanta, here I come!