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Ready for 2017!

I’ve been thinking all along that I would NOT be making a new calendar for 2017.  Then, a few weeks ago, I changed my mind and dedicated some time to making a completely new layout. Previous years were narrow and tall (5.5×11), but this one will be 8.5×11, with the typical calendar blocks on the bottom, which, to me, make the week easier to visualize.

They’ll be done at the printer this week, and I am very excited to share the final result with you!  There is a limited number for sale, so if you would like to order one, either message me, or you can order one on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/492548251/2017-monthly-calendar-vertical-format?ref=shop_home_active_1
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2017 calendar cover

Why walk?

When you can hike? I’ve thought about doing this, and it may soon become a reality – hiking the Appalachian Trail, aka the AT. My old hiking boots have shrunk, or, ok, maybe my feet got a little bigger, so I have a new pair of hiking shoes (not boots!) which are a little bit lighter, therefore more comfortable for longer walks. I mean, hikes!

After seeing both “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods” and then doing the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi coast, it seems like a good time to try it out.

No worries, sketches and photos will be shared along the way.  Meanwhile, before I get started, here’s a sketch of the new footwear…new Hiking shoes

Oopsie!

Was sooo happy to get my new Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen in a rich CopperOrange. Although I ordered the cartridge converter with it, they sent a free blue ink cartridge, so I thought I’d try it out!

Now, all my black and grey inks are purchased with a waterproof factor in mind. Never gave that a thought as I sat and sketched my cute wave pansies.  The pen worked so smoothly and I felt like I now had a “Porsche” to replace my existing tribe of pens. (Well, not replace, so much as enhancing my collection!)  Of course, the pansies are rich shades of pink, so I started to add some quinacridone red, and, well, here’s the result.

It's not waterproof ink!

It’s not waterproof ink!

Lesson learned, I will get that cartridge converter into action before trying a sketch that needs some color added!

PS – By the way, the blue ink would be great to use with just water in a monochrome theme!

Optimism

Decided to DIY another veggie – here’s a zucchini plant and the new spade/pitchfork I bought to help clear out the weeds so it could be planted. I know, it’s not as early in the season as it could be, but – I tend towards optimism!

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

And long-legged bright beauties like these day lilies keep me optimistic!

Daylilies

Daylilies

Extraordinary Things

When my neighbor loaned me a book she had recently finished, I knew I would like it as soon as I heard the title – “The Museum of Extraordinary Things”, by Alice Hoffman. It sounded inspiring, and it absolutely was! As I read her descriptions, it was easy to visualize the museum’s unique inhabitants.

“…A whirl of incredible creatures was before me as I stood there: a dragon lizard who flare his scarlet throat, an enormous tortoise who seemed like a monster of the deep, red-throated hummingbirds that were let out of their cages on leashes made of string.”

These images needed to get out of head and into my sketchbook.

Museum of extraordinary things

Museum of Extraordinary Things

There are many more ideas for sketches in this delicious book. Maybe they will end up on paper, maybe not.