Today for no good reason I started a watercolor drawing. Well, there is a reason. I put together a tiny Facebook giveaway. It’s the first “gift.” It’s a watercolor drawing.

Happily, the person I had in mind saw it and wants it.

When the painting is finished, I’ll share it.

I got the drawing table for $12 at a thrift store in Colorado Springs last time I was up there. It’s almost exactly like the one I left behind when I moved. It’s sturdy, doesn’t wobble, and I like it.

On the table is my precious 40 piece set of Swiss made, Caran d’Ache colored pencils. They originally belonged to a friend and on my first trip to Zürich in 1994 — with him — I used them all the time. I drew the vegetables in his father’s garden, his father and him. It was a very strange trip, and this box of pencils, though at the time it wasn’t mine, felt like my best friend. They are really handy — fit well inside a backpack.

Over the years I’ve replaced many of the pencils either by buying smaller sets and robbing them or going to arts stores that sell Caran d’Ache. His dad bought me a much larger set and I’ve never opened it. It’s too precious.

I love these pencils even without the sentimental associations. They work very well as straight up watercolors (though I have a set of Caran d’Ache watercolors) and combining the watercolor fluidity with the texture of pencil is fun. They are soft, mix well, and thought they are expensive when you buy them, they last a long, long time.

I don’t think the piece I’m working on right now is great, but I haven’t done a real piece of art in three years and it looks pretty much like what it’s supposed to. The person I had in mind when I painted it knew exactly what it was and identified the things that make it special to HER. I don’t think I can ask for more than that. 🙂

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  1. Oh, I can’t wait to see it Martha! I’m sure it will be lovely, especially if it holds special meaning. And I love how the colored pencils, also, have meaning to you. I still have some of my grandmother’s oils and I imagine her painting with them. 🙂

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