In more ways than one, as “rule” is a bit of a pun. I saw this in the Goulet Communiqué email I received today. Go here to see this interesting pen. From photo # 5:
It is primarily a fountain pen but also includes:
a Touch Screen Stylus
Under the stylus top are Phillips and flat head screwdrivers
on the barrel are a built in level, ruler and 3 different scale functions
It’s actually more than I usually spend for a fountain pen, but I might want one just for the usefulness and the novelty!
This is the first car sketch of the season. The outside temperature was about 35 degrees. It was very bright and sunny. I kept quite warm and toasty in the car during about an hour of sketching. I was in layers and had a hot drink with me.
I drove around looking for some Christmas decorations. Though big trees were up in a couple plazas around town, they weren’t decorated yet. I think the tree lightings might be this weekend. I finally found a display of holiday greenery and wreaths at the local McClendon’s.
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is going to host an exhibit of the sketch work and books of Gabi Campanario. He’s both the “Seattle Sketcher” for the Seattle Times and the founder of Urban Sketchers. I received this announcement today for the show, which is called “Drawn to Seattle“
I will have a sketchbook in the group display. And I’ll be one of the “Sketchers in Residence” on at least one Saturday.
While husband was getting new glasses, I went off to find Santa. This is a very sketchy sketch of the Southcenter Mall Santa. It’s in a small signature of paper (about 3×5, pocket Moleskine size). And the staff seemed to be watching me, making me a bit paranoid. They had a sign up disallowing photography, but does that mean sketching, too? Probably not, as the reason for not allowing photos is they want to sell you the one they take. Still… I felt rushed. And people kept stepping into my line of sight so some of the sleigh is approximated.
I made a trip down to Tinkertopia in Tacoma. It’s a store in which to let your imagination run wild. They have all kinds of stuff for sale and a crafting space to upcycle said stuff into interesting crafts. I added to their collection with a big bag of stuff to donate!
While there, I noticed they have a Little Free Library! It’s an official one and is housed on a cart. This cart has a sculpture of a famous local ferry so it’s the “Book Ferry”. I decided to try out my new tiny sketch folder. It’s about 3×5 inches and I just added some 90 pound Fabriano watercolor paper to it. This is the first time I’ve used it but I like how the paper performed. It’s better than the 93 pound sketchbook I used for many of my NaNoDrawMo sketches. It didn’t buckle and it took the paint well.
Here is some info on that poor old ferry. It is currently in very poor repair and faces an uncertain future. “MV Kalakala was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities. The vessel was a popular attraction for locals and tourists, and was voted second only to the Space Needle in popularity among visitors to Seattle during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The ship is known as the world’s first streamlined vessel for her unique art deco styling…. [The name] was said to mean “bird” in the Pacific Northwest Native American trade language Chinook Jargon”. It’s website is a year and a half out of date.
Just in the nick of time, I’ve finished sketch #50 for NaNoDrawMo. There was a lot going on today and we were making some plans. So I didn’t get to my last sketch until this evening. I also couldn’t decide what to draw. So I pulled out this photo from last year of the pigs at Pike Market decorated for Christmas. Thanksgiving is past and I want to start to get in the December holiday mood!
This completes the first signature in my new system of loose paper strung in a cover.
When I was in Bellevue on Tuesday for my eye appointment, I got there early enough to drive over the Daniel Smith. I bought 2 sheets of 90 pound watercolor paper…. one Arches and one Fabriano. I will try these in my smallest folder.
As suggested by my friend and co-Tacoma Sketchers admin, Frances…. I’ve made a tutorial page here. See the top, in the black line below the art, I’ve added another section, “USK Tutorials”. http://redharparts.wordpress.com/usk-tutorials/
These tutorials were created to help new members of a local Urban Sketchers (USK for short) group become familiar with the photo hosting site, flickr. The 7th principal in the USK manifesto is “We share our drawings online”. That place is in a flickr group or groups.
I’m delighted by how easy it was to do. Uploading the pdf file was as easy as linking a photo here!
PS: if anyone knows how to add a file in Google’s Blogger platform, tell me. I’ve not yet figured that out and I need to do so! I have another blog that needs its tutorials. Hmm, I guess I could do a Google search on that!
The Urban Sketchers weekly theme is Kitchen. This is a stand in front of my kitchen window where I usually have several plants. I’ve culled them down to just a couple.
I had these squash I wanted to sketch before I baked them. They’d been around a while and I thought I’d better get them done. After, I did cook them.
All this done in between sessions of setting up my new Nexus 5. Paint some. While that’s drying, do some set up. Repeat. Fun!
These are numbers 48 and 49. One more for NaNoDrawMo!
Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating in the US!
I wanted to draw something in my kitchen for the USK weekly theme. But I had an eye exam and one eye was very dilated and numbed and I felt a little out of sorts. So I decided on a simpler subject.
This is one of the soft toys from Ikea. I donated several, as I wrote yesterday. I had to keep this one as it is so cute.
This yellow VW Bug with the Ikea logo is always in the covered parking garage at my local Ikea. I’ve sketched it before with a pile of boxes strapped precariously to its roof. Today I found it completely stuffed with stuffed toys. It was advertising the Toys for Tots drive Ikea is sponsoring in the store. I’d brought my sketch book with me thinking I might sketch either some kitchens (USK weekly theme) or some Christmas decor.
I sketched this crazy car again instead. And yes, I did buy a few stuffed animals to donate. They have some very cute ones!