Thursday, November 17, 2005

Friday, November 04, 2005

Say Hello to my little friend....



It's been years since I have replaced my trusty sketch book. The Local "Art Store" stopped carrying them. I was told they would be getting them in, but they never did.
I've tried other brands, but the offerings at all of the art stores (Strathmore, Canson, Arches, etc.) just do not cut it. There is something about this toothy paper, it takes dry and wet medium equally well. It's especially good for watercolor crayons, and these are really good for sketching out color paintings. Some of my best work started out this way. It's only 60 lb. so it's not "precious" like the Arches stuff. I can explore and take chances. This allows me to work faster and increase my overall productivity. I like that.

A recent commission has allowed me to replenish some of my art supplies, and this baby was at the top of my list. I just couldn't justify spending $10.00 shipping for a $12.00 sketch book. I found this at a little store in Spokane WA. I have been to Spokane, so I thought, why not? They mailed it, it took a week but cost less than $5. So I bought 2. Now I am good to go. Almost.
I am just so, so happy to have something so familiar to work with, again.
Something from the old days of 5 years ago, when I was really cooking in my studio.
I am coming out of a dry spell, and recent events are pulling me out of it.
Life is good.

So back into the "studio" I go....