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Good News, Bad News

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Banner and Snip

Bad news first: our boarding stable is closing. We’ve been there for fifteen years. Finding a new place was nerve wracking.

Good news: we found a place. Whew! It’s not as easy to find a boarding stable nowadays as it was way back when. There just aren’t as many operating anymore.

More good news: the new place has lots of critters to paint and draw.

More bad news: we’ll be saying goodbye to Snip, the sweetest kitty, a barn cat in her teens who loves horses and people.

I’ll miss you, Snip.

And Even More Pen and Ink

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Still fascinated with fountain pens and filling the pages of my sketchbook.

I love artwork that captures a little world, and I’m trying to incorporate that more in my sketches. This female red-winged blackboard was moving from branch to branch, shaking the grasses around her as she searched for bugs. I watched her for quite awhile, but I only snapped a few pictures.

I stuck with a limited palette of green, red, black, and gray.

But there’s nothing wrong with a good, old fashioned sketch of two horses waiting for treats, so I did one of those, too.

I’ve been sketching in a different sketchbook before I sketch the final sketch in my Stillman and Birn sketchbook, if that makes any sense. I sometimes try multiple ideas before I find one I like. It’s far easier to sketch something for a second time, even if the first was lightning fast.