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March 21, 2006


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Oh darn it. You've sold me. Now I have to go get a set of these aquamonolith things. Gosh, and I purely HATE to shop for art supplies ...

gosh Laura, astonishing, wonderful and beautiful variety of mark making that describes these views

Thank you, one and all. Linda, the Cretacolor Aqua Monoliths are a kind of cross between conventional colored pencils and watercolor crayons like the Caran d'Ache ones. I use them dry more often than I use them wet. They have more pigment than most wc pencils, but the really juicy areas in the chamocyperis trees were done with crayon. You know how wildly changeable the colors from watercolor crayons are after water is applied to them? With the Cretacolor AMs, the color stays true. I have a set of 72 Cretacolor AMs, so the palette is pretty extensive. I've been using them a lot since I started the themed sketchbooks. They allow for a kind of drawing/painting that I like very much. I'm not a fan of pastels, so these give me a way to get color from a dry medium, without all the muss and bother that pastels and pastel pencils bring.

I especially like the B&W one. The contrast of the interior with its spare description of the sill and handle with the riot outside is very pleasing.

Like your water world--both the saturated, bright version and the black-and-white dissolving one. I'd like to see what you'd do with ropes of ice, full of blebs and bits of vegetation...

You can send the rain my way. Even with two cyclones to the north of me, we're not getting any desperately needed rain. I long to see lush green again. Thanks for these drawings. I enjoy it through your eyes!

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