surfacing for a bit

It's been a hectic couple of weeks in the Art Cave. A brief rundown:

  • I'll be moving in the next couple of months, thanks to my landlord's recent antics. After 13 years, even after annual purges, there's still a lot of stuff I don't particularly want to move -- so watch this space.
  • If you happen to have any spare boxes, send them my way.
  • Work's busy, but then -- when isn't it?
  • The Dog is not adjusting particularly well to my front neighbors' abrupt departure at the beginning of the month. Since neither of them worked, Dog got used to the all-day attention, and now is moping. Though she's not slacking on the guard duties: she killed a rat on Sunday, and nicely put it in the backyard where it was visible. Sigh. Also, Dog kept taking my brushes out of my paint bucket yesterday, and strewing them about the living room for no apparent reason.

And now, some cool things:

  • Here's how to hack a Nintendo DS to make a digital sketchbook. I've been coveting one of these since I saw someone in the digital class with their own hacked DS. Small, light, inconspicuous, and digital. Sweet.
  • My friend Vanessa Lemen's blogged about a recent painting demo she did. If you're curious about the process I'm learning, here's an awesome explanation. She, of course, is much more accomplished than I am, so it's easier to see what's going on.
  • Blue Ridge is making some kickass oil paints, which I plan to order as soon as I get paid. I got to use some of the vermilion they make a couple of weeks ago, and it's just awesome. Vibrant, smooth, and consistent. They're making a blue-black, which is tough to find, and a vital part of the Zorn palette (well, when you only have four colors in the palette, all of them are arguably vital).

And, my afternoon meeting has just been canceled. Now, for more coffee, then back to it.

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