sister & i facetimed on saturday with our ipads. it sort of felt like we were sitting across from each other because we could see each other's work area & sketchbook. i highly recommend doing this with a friend!
i went through the garden and picked a few things to sketch beforehand. we are in a serious drought here in southern california. i cannot remember a drier, warmer winter. i'm finding it very disagreeable and am longing for cold & wet & grey.
i ordered a proper pad of super smooth paper to practice my dip pen calligraphy. i also ordered some new nibs - hunt 99 and hunt 101. they are supposed to be flexible, less catching, and able to produce the thickest swells. will test said materials and report my findings back to you.
sister started putting her ink in a shot glass. i cannot stand getting ink all over the nib holder so i followed suit. an all around excellent idea. pours easily back into the bottle and clean-up is easy enough.
i've been going to bed at the shockingly early hour of 8:30 pm. it's the only way i can get up at 5 and leave the house by 6. i take my same beloved route through lincoln heights. past old paint factories, warehouses, railroad yards, an ancient industrial laundromat, the dai cheong trading company, over the old broadway bridge that spans the LA river, past the quan yum temple, the cornfields, and into chinatown. my morning wake-up-get-right-with-the-world ritual.
enjoyed THIS short, but visually rich post about corita kent. we all love her don't we?
p.s. is the type in this post too small to read clearly? i thought it looked huge so i made it smaller, but maybe it's too small. lemme know!