From the Quote Box – Joseph Campbell

To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. — Joseph Campbell

It’s here at last!

The UPS man finally came this afternoon with my box from Judson’s Art Outfitters:

I spent some time cutting one piece of plastic corrugated board the right size to fit inside and one that’s just the size of the box – 10 x 13″ – which fits the paper size I most commonly use. Now I get to fiddle around with what gets stowed permanently in the box etc, along with what palette is going in there. I think I’ll fill the new little Schmincke box and see how that goes. Still need to figure out what everything will go in – water bottle, etc. Most people put everything into a backpack I gather. I’ve been using an llbean totebag.

Have to say I’m super excited. This is a “second” from the Judson’s site and I found one little ding on the wood. Nothing that wouldn’t happen in the normal course of things so I feel like I got a great deal!

Easy Listening

I was listening to the Thistle and Shamrock on the way home from work on Sunday and caught some wonderful music. See below for the whole playlist via the show’s website, and a link to the lyrics. Prompted me to buy the original album that this song came on – what a treasure.

April 27, 2017

Program 1770: Singer Songwriters (April 27, 2017) Week 17

An abundance of songwriting talent on this week’s show takes us on a tour around the landscapes that inspire their music.
Vanity’s Child…by Aine Furey from Celtic Woman 2 (Celtic Woman Records)
The Mermaid of Galloway…by Emily Smith from Too Long Away (Shoeshine Records)
Glint of Silver…by Eddie and Luc from Tirade (EdLucCD)
Nottamun…by Bert Jansch from Jack Orion (Transatlantic Records)
As the Day Grows Longer Now…by Bert Jansch from Sketches (Temple)
The Fairy Queen…by Ailie Robertson from Little Lights (Lorimer Records)
[ID excerpt] Ellen’s Dreams …by Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow (Temple)
All the Fun of the Fair…by Eamon Friel from Phone Tapping (Thran Records)
Gnossienne #1…by Tony McManus from Mysterious Boundaries (Greentrax)
King of Birds…by Karine Polwart from Traces (Borealis)
Eternity…by Dougie MacLean from Essential Too (Dunkeld)
The Japanese Hornpipe…by Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire from The Emigtrant’s Song (Celtic Conspiracy)
Both Sides the Tweed…by Dick Gaughan from Favourite Scottish Songs (Greentrax)
Sporan Dhomhnaill/Mist on the Glen/Miss Monaghan…by Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow (Temple)

Found the words

This and That While Waiting

Waiting for UPS man to appear. Molly is keeping watch from the upstairs bedroom. Sorta. She’s looking annoyed that I’m interrupting her nap.

I was wondering about color transparency so I decided to mess around with this test I’d seen somewhere. Nice plaid, eh? Also, I noticed that my palette color chart was started on May 16th 2016. Probably when I got my John Pike Palette. Noted.

I started reading A Life In Hand – Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman yesterday. First published in the 90’s, it came packaged with a blank journal. I saw Danny Gregory review it in his book review video and it looked great so I found a copy. I was so inspired part way into the book that after breakfast that I sketched this oil tank because I liked the leaf shadows on it.

I came home yesterday and decided to watch a just-posted youtube video and paint along as a challenge. Turns out it’s challenging to paint along when you don’t know what the fellow is painting but I got there. I am really curious – all these UK guys keep using burnt sienna in the sky and it looks YELLOW. To me in person it looks too brown. I’ll have to look into this. Turned out pretty well