Dear Kate Johnson and I egg each other on with our delight/mania over art supplies, but what are friends for? She was having such fun with some beautiful old Waterman fountain pens that I decided I had to try one, too. I'm not crazy about my first sketches with mine, but I AM crazy about the pen (what a supple, sensitive nib!!) Now I've got to figure out a way to take it with me on my sketching trip to Turkey at the end of this month----it's not the pen I'm worried about, it's the quantity of Platinum Carbon ink I don't want festooning the insides of my suitcase! Other than my windmill palm and a few other shrubs, my new Mediterranean garden looks like a bunch of sticks stuck in the ground. It's March, you know, so let's be circumspect. I'll be sketching the garden as it develops. As for the trip to Turkey, I'm so excited! I've been invited by a new friend to visit and sketch and Casey Toussaint, my great buddy, is going with me. We've drawn together in Paris, Amboise, Brittany, and Charleston, SC, and now we're going to add Istanbul and Bodrum and places yet unknown to our map. I, of course, am still anguishing over which art supplies to take. It was ever thus.
In other news, I've been asked to be the judge for a poster competition at Artybuzz.I was not familiar with this site when I was asked to participate as judge, but there is an interesting range of work there, some of it quite good. There are two weeks left to enter and to vote for your favorite, so check it out!