#WATWB: the Afghan Women’s Writing Project

For National Poetry Month, I decided to give a
call out to this enlightening post for We Are The World blogfest!

Hurry: A poem from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project

We have such a short time to do this good work,
to forgive each other’s small mistakes,
to pay attention to positive points.
We must practice being good people, and
destroy the lens of pessimism in our eyes,
and see the facts of life.
Why are we born to this world,
and what are our plans for this life?
Are they the destruction or betterment of our world?
I try to smile. I don’t have money, power
or authority, but I have God who gave me
a mouth with lips for smiling, I have language for speaking,
I can use them for good,
to carry messages of peace and love and forgiveness.
I can smile to grow the root of the friendship tree.
We have such short time to do good work.
Let’s hurry.

Beyond the difficulty she faces,
Nasima sees a choice between contributing to the
destruction or betterment of the world.
And, despite lacking “money, power or authority,”
she views her ability to smile, to speak,
and to do good work as a gift from God
.

To read further in this article, and to find out how to give to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, visit the Fetzer post.

There are more stories like this out there.
You simply have to open your eyes and heart.

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Meditating Cat


They are like doodles… I draw meditating cats a LOT.

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Single Parrot Tulip

Mitchell gave me some amazing parrot tulips this year —
the colors were gorgeous even as they were drying and fading into burnished golds.

I had no time to paint then, but did take pics and made sketches.

Finished color work over the weekend.  A personal favorite memory.

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Tools: Brushes

I use cheap brushes, a LOT.  I don’t want to buy hair.
I’m not a vegetarian, but am particular about how what I eat (and use) is killed,
and don’t want to kill a critter for my brush — too many good alternatives.
I’ve not seen a certified humane stamp on a hair brush.
And I LOVE squirrels and goats…

But how to I end up with VERY cheap brushes?
1)  I need to round out an online order for free shipping and grab a brush
(Cheap Joe’s Creative Inspirations are okay brushes for the price), or
2) I buy cheap brushes for finish work in the conservation studio and steal one!
Brushes used on furniture don’t last. The bristles break.
So after spending $75 on one and having it break down in less than a year,
I started buying packages of decent student brushes from Blicks and never looked back.

So drum roll, my brush favorites have changed.

I’ve fallen in love with
da Vinci’s Cosmotop
Spin Synthetic brushes
,
and especially with their oval.
I’m not a stranger to ovals,
but theirs is different.
I can pick up lots of juicy washes
and move the through a sky,
then take the tip
(and it stays a tip if you want that)
and edge a rooftop or touch a window. The sky, and the tree greens,
right, were done with
a large brush — a 20 Oval!

I love the Slanted Liner, but may try a smaller one…
I bought the Ultimate Wash on the advice of a friend and it is okay….

Leow-Cornell is my favorite cheap brush, and I have quite a few of them.
They’ve lasted from acrylics to watercolors… and keep holding up, 15 years!
The odd pointed — angular — 7900 Series they stopped making and I love that brush!
I found three at Jerry’s and bought them!  It hold a lot of water and yet keeps a point,
almost like a liner, better than a round.

Robert Simmons has held up well — I have several small cheap pointed liners from him.

Ulrech, a Blick’s brand, is okay too, and of course,
Princeton is my favorite cheapo brush.
I buy them on sale in packages for the studio.  They are worth the $8 for five or seven brushes, and they never lose hairs into your watercolor!

Let’s talk about the “meh” products — those I simply can’t see the hype.

First, Quills, above.
I tried two types, one a bit pricey, because of the rave reviews of this brush.
All I can say is I like my brushes cleaner than this brush allows.
For me to use it, I would have to come to the sink and wash it every time I changed colors.  The paint gets under the plastic.
Perhaps if you were using black ink only… shades of grey…
It also didn’t keep a point at all, but was a wash brush, like a mop.
I have other brushes that can be used like a wash and
have a useable point, like the Cosmotop Oval above.
If I am going to pack a brush for the road, it has to be special, or do double duty.

Finally, I an so disappointed in the Princeton Neptune, a faux squirrel line.
I bought two of their brushes, the Quill above, and the Dagger.
The dagger has to be very wet to keep its point.  Very. Wet.  TOO wet.
While I like Princeton, I probably would not buy the Neptune again.

I haven’t tried the Escoda brand, and will next time I am at Merriartist!

BTW, I try to shop local, or in small stores, because I want to keep them around.
They tend to have staff that knows things, not just a parttime job.

The very best how-to video on YouTube, below.
I am so sorry now I tossed some brushes!

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Spring Vase of Tulips

Excuse my dirty desk…
But oh my goddess look at those tulips.

No time to paint so took a picture and did a sketch!

Color work this week.  Sweet memory of Mitchell’s flowers.

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VSW: Dublin, with a Wee Bit O’Color

Okay, you KNOW I am not big on self-criticizing…
But gads the green got away from me.
I think this is a good lesson in not just planning from a sketching point of view,
but from a color point of view, as this became green on green on green!

We left the sketch, ready to color.

Grisaille and skies, and the yellow in the tiles…

Then as I moved into detail / color everywhere, I was
overwhelmed by green and dark and *ARGH*  how to save??
I liked the tiles from Christ Church at the bottom —
and took liberties with the color as some were black and white.

I like some of the vignettes.

And hated some of the areas where the planning was
not thought out.  Lettering saved it some…  It looked good in B + W!

Layout is so important!

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Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, Super5 Frankfurt (Amazon when they have it or buy from Europe), Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink, Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, White Uniball Signo, Sennelier, Holbein, and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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VSW: Constance Lloyd

Constance Lloyd married Wilde man, and bore his children.
That was not all she was — feminist, adventurer, leader.
Well bred, well read, an author of children’s stories.
Deceptively strong, though she died at forty from a complication of surgery,
though many say she contracted a venereal disease from Oscar Wilde.

This is the statue that haunted me, especially the image I can’t show, which shows
the statue in Merrion Square looking back at Oscar Wilde’s statue over her shoulder.

I’ve had dreams about this statue.

Sorry, poor lighting turned the paper a warm cream color.

Grisaille, and the blue sky.

Not pox… just wanted more shadow/dimpling for a bronze statue!

She became a bit green on green on green…  but I still like her!

I always think I am not interested in history, but at 3am I watched this entire series of
shorts on Oscar Wilde, and read for another hour… I just have to be hooked!

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Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, Super5 Frankfurt (Amazon when they have it or buy from Europe), Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,  Sennelier, DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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