We all love weekends, right? It was my enthusiasm for weekends that led me to start sketching them back in 2009. These drawings are like an illustrated diary recording what I’m doing and thinking about. I use one page of my notebook for Saturday and the facing page for Sunday. Here are some examples.
A typical weekend in a typical September.
A mid-winter weekend always involves some snow.
I usually annotate what movies we are watching.
Seems like I always record what foods I’m eating.
There’s usually some mention of the weather…and coffee.
Often there are notes about what self-inflicted projects I’m working on.
So far I’ve created about 100 of these notations and posted them to Flickr. If you want to hang out vicariously with Don, you can see the whole collection here.
Drawing weekends is a kind of game. For me, it’s fun to start in the upper left corner on Saturday morning and finishing in the bottom right corner before I go to bed on Sunday night. In between, I aim to include my activities with a mix of drawing styles that makes a graceful composition. Each new element I draw must respond to the previous elements. There are surprises along the way. Many of them are pleasant.
If you study Don’s weekends, you may be struck by how boring they are—household chores, modest accomplishments, meals, naps, and predictable routines. Yes, that’s me exactly. And that’s precisely what I like about my weekends.
Pittsburgh, October 15, 2018