Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Out and About and This and That

I just got home from a lovely spent with my dear friend, Nancy. We went into Ann Arbor and made stops at The Treasure Mart, Monahan's (where we had a luscious lunch), Hollander's, and Creative Papers Online (what a wonderful experience that was; I can't wait to go there again).

I picked up some fresh whitefish from Monahan's to bring home, so when I arrived I immediately cut it into 3.5 ounce servings in preparation for the next few meals. I then noticed the mail on the counter and there was a personal envelope for me. I have been participating in monthly swaps with the Watercolour Pencil Buddies Yahoo! group and my August card had arrived. It is beautiful and made me doubt the one I am working on for my contribution. The card was enclosed in a lovely card with a cat on the front with an equally lovely message inside. Here is the card I received:

I'd better get on my horse and finish the one I am working on and get it in the mail. I will share it with you once I know the recipient has received it.

On another note, you may remember the lovely cigar box that a smoking shop owner in Ann Arbor gave me some time ago that I didn't know exactly what to do with - my brushes were too long, my sketching pencils were too long.......

I've found it is a perfect for my sketching pens. I have an assortment of Microns, Pitt Artist Pens and Staedtler pigment liners that seem to have found a home here. I think the box has been lonely for someone to move in and now all is happily settled.

On a final note, I have an update to the watercolor that I've been working on this week. This is what it looks like now:

I am also in the middle of a couple of books that I will share when they are done and I am working on a couple more in my head for when these two are finished. I've also found that I somehow have two copies of the same watercolor book and think it must be almost time for a giveaway. Stay tuned.......



  1. There is something about seeing an underpainting that fills me with hope and anticipation. Can't wait to see where you take this!

  2. Well, I couldn't imagine how I missed this post until I saw the time o' day you posted it. Great little piece you got in the swap, and the cigar box is perfect for your pens (just as you said!). hugs, nancy

  3. What a bunch of inspiration in this post! I love your watercolor underlay, can't wait to see it grow. That box is a real treasure - sure beats the zip lock bag I use! And the card exchange has my interest piqued ... may have to check out that group!
    SO good to be home to my computer!

  4. HI Vicki!! Creative lady extraordinaire! I love how the cigar box worked out for all of the pens. My pens are scattered around in different boxes and bags. I really should get them all in one place. I'll probably find out that I have several of one kind since I keep stashing them away and forgetting where they are and go out and buy a couple new ones. :) Silly me!

  5. Nice carrots! And looks like an interesting WIP there. Cigar box to store pens? AWESOME and original! Love the idea!

  6. Love the cigar box- I want one I think I'm going on a search for one- I remember using real cigar boxes for my pens and pencils at school- Iwonder where I could find one- ebay? antique shops? any suggestions?
    Wonderful start to your watercolor- love the color combinations- am looking forward to seeing the end result
    Johnina :D