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Tip #67 announcement letter...

...so if you're already on my announcement list, just "talk amongst yourselves," and sorry for the repeat!

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Hi all!  Tip #67 is online as of today! 
 
This one is on found art supplies, so no excuses about how you can't make art today because you forgot your fill-in-the-blank!  "Thinking outside the box" is one of the things we do BEST as artists...so use whatever you can find, but enjoy the moment!
 
I believe that the overriding need to make art is more important than posterity.  If what we've grabbed in our pressing need to capture the moment isn't strictly archival--ballpoint pens come to mind!--well, so be it.  We can always re-do later, when we have all of our best supplies at our fingertips.  (Sometimes I use fugitive watercolor pigments in my journal--you know what?  They're not lightfast, true, but how much light gets into my journal anyway...?)
 
I use dozens of "found art supplies" that never appear in the catalogs--more will be covered in future tips, but I'd be delighted if you'd share your special favorites, too!  I learn something new every day, and love it. 

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Welcome to our new members!  There has been a bit of a rush lately, and I have NO idea why, but it's nice just the same. 
 
As you all probably know already, you can find the tips at
http://cathyjohnson.info --just click on Art Tips at upper left and a new window will open...previous tips are archived in the list at right, on that page--they're .pdf files, and you're welcome to download them, print them out, share them with friends--that's what they're there for.

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Look what I found--my new book, Creating Nature, is in pre-order status on Amazon!
http://cathyjohnson.info --just click on Art Tips at upper left and a new window will open...previous tips are archived in the list at right, on that page--they're .pdf files, and you're welcome to download them, print them out, share them with friends--that's what they're there for.

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Look what I found--my new book, Creating Nature, is in pre-order status on Amazon!
http://cathyjohnson.info --just click on Art Tips at upper left and a new window will open...previous tips are archived in the list at right, on that page--they're .pdf files, and you're welcome to download them, print them out, share them with friends--that's what they're there for.

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I'm not even finished with it yet, expecting the copyedited manuscript tomorrow, actually (already have done one go-round on the manuscript and art, so this one should be fairly easy.  I hope!).  Then the book goes to the design department...I'm excited to see how it turns out.  LOTS of work goes into one of these things...literally blood, sweat and tears, if you count the paper cuts. ;-)
 
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You guessed it, I'm feeling a little punchy today!  I've been working hard on the former drug house my sweetheart (I should say my KNIGHT) bought, next door.  It's really making wonderful progress, but--lots and lots of work. 
 
We have the world's best handyman, and I am SO grateful.  Honest, hardworking, actually shows up, makes a bid and sticks to it, tells me if something new comes up (oh dear, the bathroom floor, erk...) and we discuss what needs doing.  He's reasonable, good, and a dear, dear man. 
 
Having had plenty of experience with the other kind, I am DOUBLY grateful!
 
The "House Rescue 101" photo album for the project, as I've mentioned before, is here: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/graphicartepsi/album/576460762396605717
 
I've finally gotten around to sketching some of the details as I go along, when I stop to take a breather--those are in my Flickr album, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25146557@N00/ and often in my blog, with more written detail here: http://katequicksilvr.livejournal.com/  That is one cute little house, and it will be wonderful when we're finished. 
 
No, NOT just because I'm tired... ;-)
 
Come visit if you're interested in rehabbing! Bring a dust mask and a crowbar...
 
JUST kidding!!
 
Sort of... :-)
 
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France Bellville of "Wagonized" loves to draw cars--wagons, actually, often, and usually European ones.  Her work is strong, graphic, and WONDERFUL.  If you'd like to watch her do it, here's her YouTube Toyota!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?=7hGRRwSyTCs 
 
Notice how France turns the paper to get a comfortable position for a good, strong line with lots of control.  It works! 
 
Her terrific blog, as I've probably mentioned before, is here: http://wagonized.typepad.com/wagonized/
 
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The 14th Annual Worldwide Sketchcrawl is this Saturday, May 19th!  See here for details...and grab your sketchbook!  http://www.sketchcrawl.com/blog/
 
I'll probably crawl next door to the rehab, myself. ;-)
 
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OOoops...my poor brain is fried.  Mr. Tumnus, mentioned last time, wasn't LOTR, he was Chronicles of Narnia!  My sweetie caught me out on that...
 
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Still working on the new site for my online classes...though truth to tell we've been stalled out lately.  I promise to get back to it soon!  Just waiting on the discussion list part of it and a few tweaks, but with the manuscript coming back tomorrow I may not get at it again for a while.  My wonderful webmistress, Sonya at http://morgansites.com is expecting to become a grandmother any SECOND now (due date is today!), so we've both been just a tad distracted, what with all our other work, too!
 
If you'd like to be on the waiting list for the classes, feel free to visit the present sites,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/watercolor_online/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drawing_sketching_online/ and join up...you can check out the files for more information, and when I have the new place up and going, I'll announce it there as well as here and on my website.
 
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Wonderful watercolorist and writer Nita Leland just added a link to my site after I thanked her for her kind mention of my books.  Here's the link: http://www.nitaleland.com/links/artistlinks.htm 
 
And be sure to visit Nita's website, it's a winner! No wonder she is such a popular teacher as well as a superb watercolorist.  http://www.nitaleland.com/
 
(I just ordered one of her books!)
 
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I came to the end of my latest handmade journal and so of COURSE had to make more.  You'll see some of my attempts (and mistakes!) on my Flickr album at the link above. 
 
My e-friend Roz Stendahl at http://rozworks.com suggested a brand new book, Creating Books & Boxes by Benjamin D. Rinehart as an addition to my usual Dover favorite, Handbound Books by Aldren Watson.  I'm looking at it now, and it is REALLY useful.
 
Be sure to check out Roz's "Fun" section, that's where most of her journal work is.  Incredibly inspiring stuff...
 
And if you're VERY lucky, you live close enough to her to sign up for one of her classes.  I wish I did...
 
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I hope your spring is being as productive and delightful as mine...my best to you till next time!
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