Archive for December, 2009

Ten Blogtastic Resolutions

I suppose it’s that time of year for goal-making. BUT, for the record, I feel that I should be making goals all the time. New Years Eve is just a good excuse, I suppose– a way to align yourself with all the other people who are craving a blank slate.

1. Post more about feminism and farming, and less about art and pens. (I think this is seasonal, though– obviously I’m farming more often in the summer, and making more art in the dreary academic wintertime)

2. Continue blogging, even across the Great Divide (i.e. graduation) in May.

3. Don’t let my lust for art supplies make me more consumerist. It’s really easy for a blog about art supplies, or office supplies, or about shopping, to basically encourage readers to want things they don’t need. So that’s a related sub-goal: I refuse to become an “eco-friendly” bullshit blog. Interacting with the environment is way more infinite and important than a trend.

4. Write a damn good senior thesis –and make a few posts about it!

5. Graduate with a Plan. Yeah, that’d be good.

6. Graduate into the world as an open person. A kind person. A woman not afraid of her own capabilities, and not afraid to open her own doors. Also, full of humility and love– a person you want around, because your heart feels full and adventurous.

6. Become more open with my family. Sigh. Irrelevant to this blog, but still necessary.

7. Invest in a really nice (but not extravagant) pen. Nothing jewel-encrusted, please. Oh, and Self, make sure to write many beautiful letters to beautiful friends with this pen.

8. Do something with my art. Maybe make some prints available on here? Or even better, sell the originals?

9. Network more. This requires a bit of free time, but there’s no point in having a blog if you’re not going to participate in the things that the digital community can offer

10. And don’t forget: its a blog, not real life. I don’t usually forget about this, but it’s worth writing down anyways. The digital community won’t grow you any vegetables, or snuggle with you in a hammock in the late afternoon…

Corners, Nooks, and Spaces (part 2)

me at the office, 2005

I like a clean space for creativity. Because creativity can get, umm, messy.

I’ve written about this before. I don’t have a type A personality, really; it’s more that I appreciate the aesthetics of a good space. Sometimes messy spaces can have great creative vibes (case in point: this beautiful studio from hens teeth on Flickr), but sometimes they can totally impede creativity. Example:  “I have a thought (/image) which needs writing down(!) …and, shit, wait, where is my pencil? Commence scrambling through: the piles of papers/the abyss of an art supply drawer/the bedsheets.

My Father-The-Architect has a fantastic office; I remember going there after school as a kid. He’d give me a set of Prismacolors and let me render an elevation drawing for the afternoon. Beautiful.

I’ve worked on and off with his office since high school, but it’s still one of my favorite spaces for working on my own creative projects.


Finishing My Second Exacompta Sketchbook

a filled Exacompta

*EDITED: I decided to include the images that I had previously posted, just to keep it all in one place. Enjoy!*

I purchased my first Exacompta sketchbook, and won my second from a Rhodia Drive raffle giveaway. (Remember how cute they were together?) I admit I had my doubts about using the same book twice… I tend to get a little claustrophobic with my art supplies if I’m not head-over-heels in love with them… and I did have few frustrations with the way that some of my more delicate nibs would catch on the Exacompta’s laid paper.

But now that I’ve finished that second book, I’d have to say it’s one of the best all-purpose books I’ve used thus far. In fact, I’m having a lot of trouble finding a replacement. I want many of the same characteristics: thick, unlined paper, a nondescript cover, and medium size. I’d like to have smoother paper this time around, though. And apparently, those requirements don’t come together too often in one book. I need to gather up the energy to bind one for myself again.

Here’s the visual summary:

ink therapy 🙂

testing Caran D'ache Museum leads

Snowcake

Snowcake on the back deck

It was like driving through Siberia trying to get to my parents’ house from the airport. The South doesn’t really know how to deal with snow, so almost all minor/back roads are still require some sort of army vehicle to navigate. Apparently, Charlottesville literally shut down for two days– literally, the whole city. Silly.

In any case, staying with my parents for Winter Break: it’s good for catching up on sleep, blog posts, and for cuddling near the wood stove. I also have plans for finishing Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, working on my senior thesis, and (gulp) planning a future for after graduation.

I also returned home to a Lamy 2000 on my desk– a belated birthday gift that had finally arrived in the mail. Look for a review, or general pen updates, soon.

Emergency Posts! (Old Pen and Inks)

It’s a damn good thing I have a ton of old art stored on my computer, or else I’d have no time to provide any posts during exam week. So… here’s a study of a friend of mine from a few years ago, done on a Rhodia pad with a Cross fountain pen– in the meantime, wish me luck on exams!

Girls Gone…?

This was a silly gift for a friend’s birthday. I removed the text from the censor bars before posting online, so the message is now ambiguous…

Exam Season on Flickr

In the spirit of these chaotic last two weeks of the semester, I’m sharing some good flickr representations of my current state:

"exam session morning" by scartist

"Bokeh: Tomorrow I've got exam..." by ELENA - Eileen Photographer

"Exams" by Naina


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