Doing a detailed pencil drawing when your fingers are semi-paralyzed due to a Myasthenia Gravis flare-up is not the wisest thing in the world to attempt. I’m typing this through severe finger cramps after spending a few hours this weekend creating this pencil portrait of my lovely wife, Mel Larch. It’s based on a selfie she took the other night. Mel is notoriously camera-hostile, so getting a photo of her to work with is a rare occurence.

I drew this on paper for pens, using the Blackwing Palamino pencil, and in the interest of full disclosure, I darkened it considerably and cleaned up some smudges after I scanned it. It was rough on my fingers, but well worth it to capture the beauty of the love of my life.

If you want to see it bigger, just click on the image.

Meanwhile, Monday at 9 AM on The AIR, the Monday Marathon brings you six hours of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, which follows the regularly-scheduled repeat of last weeks Big Electric Cat at 7 AM. Included among these three bonus episodes of our New Wave showcase are the special two-part episode that presents new music made by New Wave artists. At 7 AM, you will hear a replay of last Friday’s Scotland-based edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.

At 3 PM on Prognosis, Herman Linte brings us a loaded episode of Prognosis, filled mostly with  a mix of recently-released  and classic progressive rock music. Check out the playlist:

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Genesis “The Musical Box”
Jethro Tull “Dark Ages”
Hemina “I”
Intrigue “Thursday’s Child”
White Willow “In Dim Days”
Big Big Train “Experimental Gentlemen (Part 2)”
iamthemorning “Belighted”
Kate Bush “The Fog”
Curved Air “The Rose”
The Enid “Someone Shall Rise”
Marillion “Gaza”
Plastic Overloards “You Crumble To Bits”
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman “23-24-11”

That’s followed by a classic Prognosis and an evening of Psychedelic Shack and Radio Free Charleston. You can hear replays of Prognosis Tuesdays at 7 AM, Wednesdays at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 9 AM. But we’ll be tinkering with the schedule over the next few weeks, so don’t get too used to that.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…