Monday, July 26, 2010
This new moleskine had a cool start, as I spent a portion of last week in the guesthouse at the Stonewall Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country near Stonewall, naturally. Linda's sister Ann put us up, and her other sister Amy came along. We got to visit with Linda's cute and high-octane nephew Tegue (Ann's son), who finally wiped me out by the third day. But we had a lot of fun, and I even did a few sketches, too.
The table at Auslander, a German restaurant in nearby Fredericksburg.
Part of the front of the guest house:
Linda's and my room at the guest house:
For a minute there I thought I might try a watercolor notebook as my new everyday sketch journal. I use them all the time for "special" sketches, but I thought it would be interesting to always have one with me. Mistake. Because I always keep it in my back pocket, and because it's hot here in Texas (and because that heat causes me to sweat), the notebook kept getting damp--not really damp, but the paper would get humid enough to affect the way my pens work. That and I never keep watercolors on me, so the whole idea of having special paper that I wasn't watercoloring in seemed superfluous.
The optometrist waiting room while Linda got her eyes checked out: