Category Archives: writing

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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Valentine’s Day 2021

I’ve sketched and journaled this year, but was too busy and/or exhausted to post…. So, going back, there will be some retro posts of our time earlier this year, before I stopped sketching at all and began journaling furiously. After … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Crisp Formula Inks

Birmingham has a new lineup of amazing inks, the Crisp Formula Inks. I know, I usual write about inks as an artist, but these inks are made to be compatible with inexpensive everyday papers, without bleed and feathering, which is … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: The Maker’s Palette 

I have a lot of inks… way too many to use in my lifetime even with painting. But, really, why have a boring crayola 8-pack when you can have the 64-pack with every color imaginable? I’ve also found the makers … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Coking Coal

Birmingham Pen Company Coking Coal ink is named in honor of coking coal, a unique coal which “usually refers to the product derived from low-ash and low-sulphur bituminous coal by a process called coking.”  Coking is “the heating of coal … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster’s Pen Chalet Exclusives

I love Robert Oster inks, and his newest exclusives to North America’s Pen Chalet are gorgeous!  This trio of inks celebrates the American Southwestern desert. Pen Chalet has their brick and mortar store in Mesa Arizona. *ps if they sell … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Slag Grey

Blue-green-grey Birmingham Slag Grey ink is named in honor of the Homestead Steelworks, built in 1881. It became part of the Carnegie Steel company in 1883. For many years was the largest steelworks in the world. Remember that others review … Continue reading

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Recipe, Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans

Rancho Gordo’s Yellow Eye Bean was a bean I tried earlier and ruined…. Now that I am an old bean-cooking gal, it is time to revisit some of the beans that I did early on because now I can coax … Continue reading

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