it was time for a new jumbo-sized sketchbook having finished the very last page in THIS one.
so i rummaged around in my bookcase and found the perfect book with a cover i like. the inside text block was written and illustrated in the 1940’s. i will keep it because the illustrations of the animals are fabulous and will make great drawing & painting fodder. the writing is also quaint, yet surprisingly informative!
you better believe i was happy to just fold the watercolor paper in half and not have to make any size adjustments. the 12×18 pad i had was perfect.
out came the waxed linen. hmmmm i wonder which color i’ll use…
my friend nadia & i had a playdate scheduled before my new sketchbook was stitched into existence, so i just used some of the pages i’d already folded.
we did a 10-minute table draw excercise. no time to think just draw!
blind contours add so much personality to a page dontcha think?
these are from 2 art retreats ago… i pulled this sketchbook out of the bookcase to study the binding and opened to this page.
i present the cover to my new sketchbook/visual journal. i’m really getting my money’s worth out of some 19th century french bank notes i purchased last year. as far as i can see they go with everything even a baby polar bear biting his mama’s tail. why not?
i’ve decided to stop numbering my sketchbooks & visual journals. it’s a pain in the tuchus to try and figure out which number i’m on without an index of some sort and i’m apparently not as practical as i think i am because i don’t have one. the date emblazoned on the cover will have to do!
after the 112 degree heatwave we had a couple of weeks ago, my garden has recovered nicely.
i had a branch on one of the trees burn to a crisp, but as advised by the newsletter from a local public garden, i’ve not done any pruning. those withered branches can help protect the ones underneath should another heatwave arrive. and surely one will because we aren’t even into our hottest summer days yet.
slow deep-trickle watering and a large oak canopy worked to protect many of the plants.
also everything is such a tangle.
very few of my plants are all aloney on their owney without the protection of some random branch or cascade of leaves to provide shelter.
this rosette succulent below didn’t burn, but it changed from a pale creamy green to this dusky purple. i like it!
in other news:
i permanently reduced the price of SKETCHBOOKERY since it’s been a little over 4 years since it was released. OMG & STITCH*BOOKERY are both on sale this month ($20 off) lately i’ve been rotating the classes that are on sale, a different one each month. and finally, i also made some permanent price reductions on TICKET TO VENICE & FULL TILT BOOGIE. the links to all the different classes are HERE.
i will most likely offer another class in 2019. i feel the first stirring of a big idea. these things can’t be rushed though, my creative unconscious operates on its own timetable and doesn’t consult me.
let me know what’s shakin’ in your neck of the woods. i insist upon knowing about any travel or retirement plans you’re hatching, any memoirs you’re writing, cakes you’re baking, books you’re reading, or anything else you think i need to know. over and out pilgrims!