apparently i’m enjoying painting my handmade sketchbooks in my bookcases because i’m still at it. this is watercolor, some some has been made opaque or gouache-like by mixing some china white into it.
my tastes have changed in watercolor paper. used to only use hotpress, but more and more i’m enjoying the toothy grain of coldpress.
occasionally i clean my palette, but not very often.
i re-covered my boring black stillman & birn with some ledger papers.
some, but not all of the brushes i used for my most recent watercolor…
i watched moonlight and manchester by the sea in preparation for the oscars tomorrow night. both good, but manchester was riveting. WARNING! upcoming spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it…
about a dozen years ago there was a tragic landslide in la conchita. i’ll never forget the story of jimmie wallet who had left the house for ice cream treats for his 3 little girls and wife. the mountain side roared down and engulfed his house with his family inside. i remember the images on the news of him digging through the mud. his tears and screams. you can read more about it here. every time i pass la conchita on my way up the coast, i look for the little crosses up on the hills behind the houses and i think of jimmie, his surviving teenage daughter, and the family they lost.
anyway, i found manchester by the sea deeply moving and casey affleck’s acting masterful.
i haven’t seen many of the other films nominated yet, but i’ll still watch and enjoy every minute. hopefully our impulsive demagogue-in-chief will receive a talking-to, from some of the oscar winners. that will be worth seeing!