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Tip #69!

From last week's sketchcrawl

This was my announcement newsletter that went out today--if you're on that list, just feel free to ignore me!  It IS kind of nice to be able to include one of the pieces of art right here, though...


Hello all, and welcome to our newest members!  We've gotten several more
since the last tip, and I'm delighted.  I hope you enjoy your time here.

Tip #69 is early, because I'll be away from my computer for a bit (and
wouldn't it be lovely to have it all fixed and working right in the
meantime!  It needs MORE RAM.)

This one is on "The Humble Sponge," and I hope you enjoy the ideas and
examples of what you can do with this everyday tool.  If you use sponges in
new and different ways, please let me know!  I'll put it in our next
newsletter, with your permission...


A few tips ago I mentioned the wonderful book I got, Leonardo's Notebooks.
You can see it here:
and oh my, what great deals on the used ones!  It's beautiful and inspiring;
if you love drawing and sketching you could spend days going over this book!

More da Vinci can be seen here:
If you work in graphite or pen and ink, a close inspection of these master
drawings are a class in and of themselves.

And two of my favorite early naturalist/artists are also featured in this
show--Maria Sybilla Merian and Mark Catesby and others...

Merian was amazing, especially for her time--she traveled to South America
in the early 18th century to study and paint the insects there; her
paintings of them, with the plants that were their habitat, are amazing.

Catesby was one of our earliest American naturalists--he was in the area
around Williamsburg, in Virginia, and other southern locations.  I have a
book on his work that I've pored over for 10 years now!  So
interesting...and I believe Colonial Williamsburg still has a video on
Catesby, you might check at http://www.history.org/ and look in the shop.

Thanks go to Katherine Tyrrell of http://makingamark.blogspot.com/index.html
for putting me onto the Royal Collection site!  I don't have a lot of time
for browsing the web, so a recommendation is always treasured.

That said, please don't hesitate to tell me about your favorite sites!


Always inspiring, the blog of one of my dear friends and former students is
just amazing.  Lin is a North Carolina botanist, and one of the busiest
people I know.  (She's also one of the most supportive and sweetest, but
that isn't the point of this mention!)  As swamped as she is, Lin is
committed to blogging and sketching, and the improvement in her work over
the time she's been doing this is indeed inspiring.

Keep up with her at http://viewfromtheoak.blogspot.com/


A new project for me is an F & W Publications book of artists' sketchbooks,
to be authored by Danny Gregory.  As you may remember, Danny wrote Everyday
Matters, a wonderfully inspiring and delightful little book.  (That one is
Look for The Creative License while you're poking around!

His new project includes sketches from a number of different and wonderful
artists, and I'm delighted to have been asked to contribute.  I have no
idea, of course, how many of my things will make the final cut, but it was
fun working with Danny on this and seeing some of the work of the other
artist/journalers, including my friend Roz Stendahl!  (http://rozworks.com)

My own new book is now in design, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it
all comes out.  This was the first one every that I've done digitally, and
the first one for which I saw PDFs of the chapters...the times they ARE
a'changing!  My two editors, Vanessa Lyman and Mary Burzlaff, have been
terrific...I am so fortunate to have had both of them.


Speaking of Everyday Matters, I'm still enjoying Danny's Yahoogroup, and you
may, too--very supportive and interesting artists from all over the world
frequent this group.  It's very active but a lot of


I lost my sweet little Miss Pooh this past week; her tumor had returned and
was blocking her airways; I had to have her put to sleep.  I miss her!

But at the last moment, she got frightened and bit me...I ended up in the
emergency room the next day, and on heavy duty antibiotics.  It seems that
cat bites can be very dangerous, and get infected easily.

If you should get bitten, run, don't walk to your doctor or emergency room!
You can read about the possible dangers here in my Live Journal:
http://katequicksilvr.livejournal.com/285545.html .

I was very fortunate, mine is mostly healed and only a bit tender, just over
a week and a half later, but others have ended up in the hospital, in
surgery, and dealing with weeks of physical therapy.  Not good!

We artists need our hands, so do please take care of yourselves!


The old house rehab project is now FINALLY in construction rather than
DEstruction, and it feels wonderful!  It's going to be beautiful...the light
loves that house, and so do I.  You can see the latest photos here:

I've had some wonderful volunteer help, we found a delightful handyman to do
the "real" work, and the dumpster got well filled--it's been a very
satisfying project to bring this place back from the edge of the pit!

My sweetie talks about a gallery there, or a place for me to teach in person
as well as online--we'll see how it shakes out!


Speaking of the online classes, when I return to the computer at the end of
the month, I'll be working with Miss Sonya of http://morgansites.com, my
talented webmistress, to finalize the new class sites.  I'll be sure to let
you know when enrollment begins, and thank you so much for your patience,
those of you on the waiting lists.


The June Art Crawl in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, was a lot of fun last
week, and I did demos at Old English Garden Shoppe again--you can see one of
them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25146557@N00/538768939/

The painting has notes on my Flickr site, so you may enjoy clicking on them
to see what my thoughts and intentions were as I did the painting.  (You can
also access it here: http://katequicksilvr.livejournal.com/284906.html)


The next day was our usual sketchcrawl, or as Christiana and I call it, our
"play date!"  We had a wonderful time, and you can see my sketch on my
Flickr site--it's called "Victorian Alley"....I wish I could show you
Christiana's!  She did a delightful pen and ink of a weathered old white

I've been wanting to paint this neat little vista for years--I know it will
call me back again.

I included it in my CD, An Artist's View of an Old Spa Town, so if you have
that one, I'd love to see what you did with it.

The purpose of the CD was not only to show you my crazy old town, but to
offer you things to sketch as well as to encourage you to see your OWN home
place as a great place to capture in your sketches and paintings.

I look for the details, the hidden bits, the things that artists tend to
notice and show to others.  I can't tell you how often I've had people
either say "I didn't know that was there," or the delightful flip side,
"I've always loved that little detail too!"


I hope more of you can join us for the sketchcrawl next time--it's always
the 2nd Saturday of the month, and we meet at Scandinavian Country at
1:00--this time we finished up with treating ourselves to their new dessert
menu, an amazing lemon fromage...

If you're in the area, check it out.  My dear friend and favorite model
Susan and her mom Jytte own the place, and now you're likely to also find my
beautiful new godchild Birgitte (quickly becoming another favorite model!)
in residence at http://www.scandinavian-country.com/.

She's worth the trip, herself!


And if you can't join us for a sketchcrawl, you can organize your own,
wherever you are!  I'd love to see what you do...


I hope you are all well and enjoying the late spring weather--I'm looking
forward to a sketching trip and hope to have a lot of new work to share,
down the line.  Must get to packing, now!


My emails to you are bouncing! :(

" graphicart@epsi.net
SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<graphicart@epsi.net>:
host imap.epsi.net []: 550 5.7.1 Unable to relay for graphicart@epsi.net"

The message I have been trying to email to you (and have also tried flickr mail):

"Subject: My book arrived - thank you!
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 16:41:20 +0100

I am going to show it to mum and so we may be ordering another copy!

By the way, I did get an email from paypal that the payment may not
have gone through. Let me know if that is the case and I will stick a
cheque (check) in the post or try to get paypal working or call you
with a credit card number, if you are 'wired' for that...

Natalie Ford
http://www.scrapblog.com/natalief/ "

Then again, if your email is bouncing, this may not get to you either...

Re: My emails to you are bouncing! :(

Hi Natalie--sometimes my email just bounces, I have NO idea why! Try again? And glad you got the book! I'm not wired for credit cards, but I'll check out the PayPal, thanks...except of course I'm on J's computer and I can't remember my password! Erk...



THANK YOU SO MUCH, mia cara, for your kindest comments! Your work, cara, has inspired me to continue ... and your very own support and enthusiasm continues to keep me at it so that I too can keep growing and improving. THANk YOU ever so much for your generosity, which serves as a model for all of us to follow, especially when encouraging others to continue their quest, for your fine instruction, your support and most importantly, Kate, your friendship .... mille mille grazie! Lin


You are SO welcome, sweetie. You really are an inspiration, yourself! And I'm more than delighted to call you friend...
My goodness! So much going on that I don't know where to start. The painting at the top of the post is so delightful--warm and inviting and so fresh! I'm really sorry to hear about the cat bite and it's sad circumstances. I'm very glad though that you got treatment right away. I recently learned how serious it can be--a colleague at work was sick for nearly a year with headaches, weakness in her hands and feet, blurred vision, dizziness, aches and pains in her legs and had been tested for a brain tumor, MS, migraines, and treated with lots of various drugs from anti-depressants to anti-seizure meds. She missed tons of work and finally, when they did a biopsy on her thigh which ached terribly (thinking it was lymphoma) they discovered it was an infection from a cat bite a year earlier (commonly known as cat bite fever). Heavy duty antibiotics cleared it up in a week and she's been fine every since!

Congratulations on rightly being included in Danny's new book. I'm delighted to hear that Roz will be in there too. And I wanted to second the praise about Nel's paintings. I own two of them myself and her work and generous advice inspired me to keep on trying with oils.

Lastly, please put me on your list for books when its published. I can't wait! I was going to pre-order from Amazon but would rather have one signed by you.

I hope your trip is a pleasure and your hand soon heals.
Thank you, Miss Jana! I guess I WAS fortunate--your friend's story is a horror! I still have a slight soreness in that first knuckle, but that may have been from my rehabbing efforts!*G*

I'm delighted to be part of the book, it's got some wonderful artists in it, but some were left out that I really can't understand...I suggested two, in particular, myself. But--who knows why the author picked who he did. We all have our reasons for including what we do in our books, I guess...I was disappointed, but whatchagonnado?