Category Archives: creativity

Inky Thots: Birmingham Polar Bear

 Birmingham Polar Bear ink is named in honor of the Polar Bears at the Highland Park Zoo in Pittsburgh. I am disappointed that they do nto put this on the bottles anymore as they used to… It was a distinctive … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Green at Night

I love the name of this Robert Oster ink, Green at Night! It is a moody dark green that, when washed, brightens!  The forest scene above was drawn over a light wash of Robert Oster’s Green at Night. with a … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Krishna Pencil

Remember that others review these inks just for writing; I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting! I love this oddball ink.  It looks mauvish then can also look biscuit grey, and I have no idea why … Continue reading

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Pillows

It’s been ages since I have pulled out my watercolors for anything more than a splash. You know that I don’t artists criticizing their work, but in this case, I am sharing with you a process of my own, as … Continue reading

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No Time

For 2-3 weeks I have been wearing my fingers to the bone hand-stitching on a project for our actual business.  These are pillows to go with two French Louis XIV Settees, and a longer French Empire Sofa, both from the … Continue reading

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New Pen Day: TWSBI Eco

It’s not that I collect TWSBI Ecos… If I did, then I would have the Rose Gold variety, but they are not my thang. I do LOVE these pens, however. They are an ever-ready bunny pen, and hold a ton … Continue reading

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Pandemic Exhaustion

We’ve been exhausted at the end of our days, and so watch more tele than normal… and also, we often go back to favorite shows rather than try new shows… Lazy and tired and we often fall asleep with the … Continue reading

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Coping

Okay, I am coping.  Some movement I attribute to working these items below. Like exercise, you have to force it then it feels good. (Okay, me and exercise, in theory only.) Maybe some is the answer to prayers, a shift … Continue reading

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Delight

Lights! I wanted to stay with objects that delight. Lights are strung on our bookcases in both studio and home, colorful, brilliant spots of twinkle that delight our hearts. We both love color, and our choices of objects that sit … Continue reading

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Port Townsend Bowl

While writing about being stuck, I was inspired by a friend, Lucia Maya, of Luminous Ceramics (beautiful pottery in Maui colors). She published a quote (see below) that moved me, and came on the heels of me finding a small … Continue reading

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Unwinding Stuck

I am trying to work my way out of a creative block and depression.  I am so stuck. I don’t remember the last time I was stuck like this… weeks on end.  I was looking for images for something I … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Saint Basil’s, Moscow

I’ve started this study very late on a weekend night.  The building is the Cathedral of Saint Basil, AKA Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, AKA Cathedral of the Intersession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (image right from … Continue reading

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Middle of the Night

Nighttime has been a wholly different time with my not sketching much. A friend has just had their first baby, a sweet little girl that may be a teenager before I get to meet her… I know that babies get … Continue reading

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USk: Fire

Many weeks ago we had a big fire downtown… Sketched it from our studio window in Robert Oster Toffee Ink with a Sailor Fude pen. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Independence Grey

Birmingham Pen Company Independence Grey ink is named in honor of the Liberty Bell, housed in Philadelphia, PA.  I drew the Liberty Bell on my test page with a PENBB pen on cold press watercolor paper and touched the lines … Continue reading

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Fears: Write It Down

I have so many pages in my journal now of just writing, no images… Pages of fears, worries, losses, upsets. Sometimes I jot down a good recipe… It is a little hard to share the journal pages, but I finally … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow

I’ve not had much time to sketch but so love the images from our Virtual Sketchwalk in Moscow I finally started very late on a weekend night. Magical images with turrets and bubbling rooftops created fairy-tale building imagery that is … Continue reading

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USK: Pfizer Vaccination

I am just now coming out of the week+ reaction I had to the Pfizer vaccine. Total flu-like symptoms with a kick — a muscle spasm in my groin, legs, feet and underarms which went on for five days — … Continue reading

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