Sweet peppers, prose, poetry and pens

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My spouse’s sweet pepper plants are doing well in the heat! I stuffed the just picked peppers with cheese and roasted them with black beans, corn, zucchini and red onion. Tasted yummy!

The heat inspired me, as I’ve illustrated recently with a drawing demo, to stay in a cool place and finish reading a wonderful novel.

A Gentleman In Moscow by Towles was so good that when I finished reading I added it to my books-to-cheer-up-by shelf for rereading whenever I need a pick-me-up.

I got wonderful news from Storyberries this week – they’ve started a bookstore! (Here’s a direct link to some of my books https://www.bookstore.storyberries.com/product-tag/sue-clancy/  ) When I looked at the new store I discovered that of the 18 books by me on Storyberries 12 of my titles are spread between 3 categories: art books, poetry, ABC123!! What a fun surprise!!

When someone clicks on a bookstore link the viewer can sample the book, read about the book, click a button to read the book for free and now there’s an option to buy a print copy too! Below is a screenshot example of what it looks like, this is a screenshot and not operational, click this link if you want lights and action about my poetry book below.

Since we’re just having fun today here’s one of my illustrated poems from Patch La Belle so you can see how I’ve hand written all of the poem text for the book. I wrote with a felt tip pen. I went through lots of felt tip pens while working on this book. I already had a fountain pen so I was missing the ability to refill a pen but the fountain pen nib I had at the time of this project wasn’t bold enough. (This is how I knew what to request as a birthday gift! 😁 ) Anyway, here’s a poem.

This week the rest of my birthday present came in to our local pen and stationary store Oblation Papers and Press ! The extra fine nib fountain pen that I got the actual day of my birthday is now joined by a broad nib and a stub nib!

I love fountain pens for the ease of use that a good quality pen, like these TWSBI kind. They write and draw super smoothly have a built in converter which allows me to fill them with my preferred ink (Heart of Darkness by Noodlers Ink). Now there’s even fewer plastic bits of disposable felt tip pens to go into a land fill from my studio!

Right away I practiced writing an alphabet and drawing with each pen.

Here’s a single drawing I did with all 3 fountain pens. Yes, I totally see more handwritten illustrated poetry books in my future!

Over on my email newsletter A.M. Sketching I shared my favorite book about fountain pens and I’m sharing it here too just in case you’re curious.

To test how my new pens write over my gouache colors I wrote a poetic kind of phrase on a scrap of paper.

Then I painted an Earth in Space inspired by the “plaid” striations in my breakfast orange.

When the painting was dry I wrote my phrase as neatly as I could.

So you can see the page better…

…it worked fairly well! So, yes, I’ll definitely be doing more illustrated poetry!

The above mentioned novel by Towles is a hard act to follow but here’s what I’m reading and enjoying now. I’m thinking there may be some drawings of foxes and hedgehogs soon.

I also made some progress this week on a new painting for an upcoming fine art exhibit, there’s my current art exhibit to promote, there progress I could share on a new ABC123 category book (I have a category! Wahoo!! πŸ™Œβ€) but it’s early days in these projects and I’m tired of typing now.

I hope your week is sweetly filled with peppers, prose, poetry and pens just as you like them. See you next Monday.

16 thoughts on “Sweet peppers, prose, poetry and pens

  1. I really like the way you “swatched” your fountain pen nibs with the alphabet and the illustrations. I have never used a stub nib so you will need to tell me how you like it.

    1. Thank you!!! I have fun making such test swatches and do it with almost all new art supplies as it gives me a good “feel” for them. As for the stub nib… I had never really used one. Oh, sure I’ve played around with calligraphy pens that had “chisel points” but wasn’t enamored. This stub nib fountain pen however is enchanting! It makes a more variable thin/thick stroke which I’m finding I really enjoy when I do lettering. My new “stubby” pen is actually a medium size between my extra fine nib and the broad so I’m using it for drawing more that I’d have guessed. I’ll show some more drawings done with these pens in upcoming posts. 😊❀

        1. I hear you. I had a horribly scratchy cloggly drippy fountain pen once and almost swore off fountain pens. Then I got a really good pen and have used fountain pens happily ever after πŸ˜‰

  2. That roasted pepper dish sounds really good. Congratulations on having an entire wing in the new Storyberries store! I’m not sure how hedgehogs figure in the literary world?

    1. Thank you for the congratulations!! I’m so happy about that you’d think I’d won a prize! 🀣 As far as hedgehogs… in reading the essay by Isaiah Berlin I’m realizing that as I creative I use the fox-like kind of “knowing many things” while I’m in the midst of creating but once I’m finished then, if I don’t watch it, I can get prickly hedgehog-like about whether my creation “means” something, what it means… etc which “one big thing” it belongs in. So, in my mind anyway, that’s how hedgehogs, and foxes, figure in the creative/literary world. I don’t remember if I included it in my post but the Greek aphorism I refer to here in this comment is “The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing”
      Your comment inspires me to write more about this…πŸ€” Thank you!

        1. Thank you for your question! I’m glad my quick reply made sense. I’m excitedly writing my next blog post and in it I’m exploring your question further! What fun!! Hedgehogs as a self-defense will roll themselves into tight little balls with their sharp prickly quills out. Which I now view as a response pattern humans copy when they, for example attack and censor books they haven’t even read. Or when they try to apply one ideology to everyone/everything.

Thank you for reading and sharing encouragements!