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the housesitter/cat petter has been secured. the suitcase is out of the garage. the house is a wreck. someone's ready to hit the road! this is one of stockhom's 14 islands. i've begun my adventure by detailing the island i... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dispatch From LA
my perspective learning continues! on left observe me puzzling through a house sketch. on right notice same with a small bit of concentrated effort. i came home and printed out the photo and went at it like a detective. what... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dispatch From LA
papercracker, i have heard of peerless, in fact a very nice reader of this blog, lori, sent me some earlier this year. i concur they are fabulous & fun!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on doing this at Dispatch From LA
dear reader, how are you? i am fine. i've been getting into lots of one-point perspective practice., not that you'd guess that from the watercolor above. it's very difficult for my brain to understand, but like all things i think... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dispatch From LA
hi susie, i teach bookbinding in all of my classes. the one i think will be most similar (though not exactly) the same as this book will be Ticket To Venice. i teach several different bindings in Full Tilt Boogie also. more info here: thanks...
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on the BEFORE at Dispatch From LA
here it is! the pre-trip swedish travel journal flip. to give you a better idea of how much space i leave for each section. i made pre-dated sections in my last travel journal to amsterdam and it worked out really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
i like to have some sense of continuity on my travel pages, no matter how small. it's pleasing to the eye when the journal is seen as a whole. i've said this before...the travel journal is like a love letter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
i've spent long summer evenings poring over vintage swedish postcards. they're so evocative. i'll take some with me to sketch into my travel journal. i found this photo of sister & i so i added it to a page. don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
my alter ego has set off in a ship across the sea to sweden. she's taking the northpole route. meanwhile, the other mary ann moss is adding pockets to my stockholm travel journal. and on a completely different note, today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
jane, i used this pre-date approach in amsterdam and after that swore i would forevermore date my pages ahead of time. if i run out of room to write in the dated section for the day, i’ll add a taped on flap using a postcard or extra piece of watercolor or ledger paper. running out of room to sketch is less of a problem because it’s a pretty big book and i will fill it ALL in a little over 2 weeks. i’ve gotten really good at estimating the size of book/section i’ll need. whatever blanks i have left when i return will get full page photos. i’ll show you all along the way so it’ll make more sense as the whole thing unfolds. i’ve heard those keyboards are fantastic!
home from palm springs! i miss the velvety warm air at night slipping into the blue pool in the mornings & evenings floating on my back watching the finches on the telephone lines all that. on our last day, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
shar...those are sharks!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on waving from palm springs at Dispatch From LA
waving from palm springs. land of warm blue water to immerse ourselves. faded desert scenes. mid-century houses. chicken fried steak. peaches. night winds. cool interiors. art play. nice waiters named kenny. and lots of yacking. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
hey jan thanks! theyre ALL taken with my iphone6. it takes excellent close-up shots and subpar long range shots and DREADFULLY pixelated and distorted zoomed in shots. I use it almost exclusively now for sketchbook shots, garden flowers, and other things that are at close range. its so easy to snap and upload!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on away we go! at Dispatch From LA
janet, 1st plant - wish i knew! it must be in the same family as my pride of madeira because the leaves and blossoms look v.v. similar, but thinking it has a different name. would love some for my garden 2nd to last photo - those are pomegranates. arent they gorgeous?!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on away we go! at Dispatch From LA
Kristi, I havent heard of the pens. They sound v. interesting & potentially exciting. Will investigate. Thanks for letting me know!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on swedish travel journal progress at Dispatch From LA
over the river and through the woods across los angeles i go visiting favorite neighborhoods admiring the flora and fauna and fruit trees birds & bees luscious petals exotic specimens of the plant kingdom ordinary, but exquisite workhorse plants i've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
jen, there’s a little hinge in there that keeps the paper from tearing. imagine the 2 covers and then in the middle a separate little piece of cardboard for the spine… I’m also using wallpaper that has an almost vinyl feel to it. super strong and not in the least bit delicate. as for the modpodge i use a TON and everything stays in place. mine definitely has some “wrong” qualities to it, but it works for me and is VERY sturdy.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2015 on swedish travel journal progress at Dispatch From LA
it's getting messy around here. paper is flying. guerilla book making at its finest is taking place, with me at the helm. i wasn't planning to cover up these fantastic book covers. but i did. i slathered them in glue... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
marianne, i so appreciate when people tell me about these malfunctions. THANK YOU. fixed!
i'm copying postcards with watercolor. sharpening my skills before i begin my sketching intensives in stockholm, but really just fooling around. also stopping here and there for some random car sketching... let's discuss travel journals. i'll go first. wait. let's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
Joan, the Solano Ave. school is still going strong and very much in use! the school i was at for the last 18 months began in 1882 and is the second oldest continuously operating school in LA
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2015 on morning rambles at Dispatch From LA
susie, yeah, a day trip to LA from VEGAS isn’t ideal especially on a friday, but somehow you & your daughter pulled it off! next time if it works out i’ll give you the 25cent MAM tour, or at least give you a handrawn map ahead of time :-) happy trails
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on morning rambles at Dispatch From LA
i wake every morning with this guy meowing at the top of his lungs. he starts before dawn. it's when i roll out of bed half asleep to let him outside that i remember i don't have to go to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
when i travel i usually carry a small notebook in my bag. a journal, but also a place for hastily scrawled maps, notes, and whatever else i want to record while i'm on a walkabout. also it's an excuse to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Dispatch From LA