Thursday, November 22, 2018


11/21/18 Bartlett and Chelan pears

Over at the Well-Appointed Desk where I am a product reviewer, Ana and my other colleagues are writing about what we’re grateful for during this holiday season – things related to stationery and art materials and things that are not. Shared here are a few things I’m thankful for:
  • Fountain pen caps. We all fuss and swoon over the sexy nib, and even discuss at length the design of the clip. But if you lost the cap (as I’ve nearly done several times), how long would your pen be of use? Kiss a pen cap tonight.
  • We may love vintage products for the nostalgia they evoke, but the more I collect vintage colored pencils, the more I’m grateful for the improved quality of contemporary products. With only a few exceptions, art materials in general keep getting better and better.
  • The pleasure that sketching brings me every day. Even when I’m not happy with a sketch I’ve made, making it fills me with joy.
  • My warm, safe home. I so often take it for granted, but I should not. Many have recently lost theirs in devastating fires and other disasters, and many more never have one any day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. One of the things I’m grateful for is your blog Tina. Your trying out and letting go of art materials that don’t suit you, your use of color and following your own passion and encouraging others to follow theirs by example, and sketching wherever you happen to be! Thanks

    1. Cathy, thank you so much for your kind words! Knowing readers like you are out there motivates me to keep writing and posting! I really appreciate knowing you enjoy my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!


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