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Is it Wrong to be Infatuated with a Pencil Sharpener?

Maybe, or maybe not when it’s this pretty and works so well.

I just love this little red sharpener I found on Amazon. It’s a Westcott brand battery powered iPoint and was around $10. It’s about the size of a large apple and metallic red. It makes me smile every time I look at it. AND, so far anyway, it has sharpened every pencil I’ve put in it to a lovely point. I’ve had it for several months now and still no battery changes or problems so I thought it was time to share the love.

Anyone else have a tool or supply that just makes your day?

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What I’m working on – Black Eyed Susan Pastel Pencil Drawing

Here’s a quick photo of what’s on my drawing table. I’ve been feeling the urge to draw and work with dry media lately. The first drawing was a super simple graphite shaded drawing that looked heavy and smudgy. So, I rummaged around my art supplies and found an old set of chalk pastel pencils and did a second drawing (it’s a green gourd – I’ll scan it soon) that was better but still less than subtle.

Of course new art supplies were already on the way – this set of 24 Carb-Othello pastel pencils from Amazon – so that’s what I used for this drawing. I like the chalk pastel pencils because of the way they lay down clean bright color without getting my hands dirty (‘cause I hate that.) They’re blendable too which helps set the pigments on the paper so the finished drawing isn’t so fragile.

I’m still not completely thrilled with how static this looks, but it’s and improvement, I’m trying for a light touch – almost casual – but with nuance in the colors and shading while keeping a sense of life. That sounds tough, doesn’t it? I’m also still on the fence about a background of some sorts. I had planned it to start but the clean look is nice too. What do you think?

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Watercolor Female Cardinal – Original Art Print – 5 x 7 – Archival Quality – Free Shipping by ShinyDesigns

9.99 USD

“Little Red” – Companion to “Big Red”

These 5 x 7 bird prints are from original paintings by Monette Satterfield and are part of the best loved birds series.

You’ll receive an archival quality print on fine-art 100% cotton rag paper that’s ready to frame with your choice of mat and frame. (Frame in product image is for illustration only and is not included.) As with all art and prints, glazing is recommended to protect the surface.

I have personally chosen the paper and printing options to ensure a quality reproduction as well as continually monitoring the process.

The printer I’ve selected is a small US company in the upper mid-west that offers professional oversight of the art printing process coupled with fast delivery. Generally, you will receive your prints, carefully packaged to avoid creases and dog-ears, within 3-5 days via USPS Priority Mail.

I want you to be happy with your purchases! If the item you receive is not to your liking for any reason or is damaged, please contact me immediately for a replacement or full refund. No hassles, no problem.

Copyright Information: The rights to all artworks remain with the artist unless expressly licensed and do not transfer with a sale of the original or any reproductions. Your purchase of an original piece of art gives you the right to display or dispose of that original. However, the right to make and display copies (in any form) remains with the artist.

A watermark is included on some images in the shop to discourage digital image theft. Be assured your print will not have that mark!

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