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Quote of the day: "Knowing you," he had said mockingly, "you would stumble across some previously undetected manticore and arouse it from a thousand-year nap. After several student maulings, months of terror, and untold thousands of galleons of property damage, you would slay it gloriously, and Gryffindor would win the House Cup. I'd rather walk you back. I'm usually out terrorizing the careless at this hour, in any case. Near Gryffindor seems a good place to start." (Blood Magic, GatewayGirl)

Semi-productive day so far today. A little (emphasis on little) lawn work this AM while it was still relatively cool. Off to bank. Then to CFOP to pick up some gessobords (more on that later). Found a portfolio, a foldable, zippered, cloth thing, 20 x 26 I think, looks sort of waterproofish. More on that later, too. Impulse purchase--a sheet of cream Rives. Maybe I'll try that for something, instead of the white Rives.

Went to FedEx on Newberry, printed out more homework, a couple of Degas nudes, a couple of Eakins and a something or other.

Hell, I even had buffet at Taj but it wasn't worth it. I don't usually have the dessert, but I took a small dish of gulab jamun. How does someone make mediocre gulab jamun? On the plus side, they had papads. They never offer papads on the buffet.

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Quote of the day: Harry picked up the flattened glass ball again. "Can this thing really detect Lethifolds?"

"According to the user's manual. Goblins and Ghouls are its primary detection mode, however."

"Goblins?" Harry querried. "What, in case they come into your kid's room in the middle of the night and ask them to open an account?" (Revolution, GreenGecko)

Have begun my experiments with silverpoint, and other metalpoints, for that matter. Mind you, this is all the very, very initial stages. I picked up some Strathmore watercolor paper, 140 lb. I seem to remember finding some site that said that a heavy enough paper did not need to be wetted and stretched (and then dried) before applying umpteen coats of gesso. I've put down two coats of gesso (the cheap kind at CFOP, Art Alternatives) on four sheets of paper. I intend to put two more coats on two of the sheets. I sanded one sheet (a little) with 400 wet/dry, probably should have started with coarser grit than that. Oh, well, no harm no foul.

Hmmmm, the page I'm looking at right now says a foam roller is good. I'll have to check that out. Sounds very promising.

I will also try Masonite as a backing material and who knows what. Maybe some bristol board. Who knows, maybe someday some vellum.

I'll also pick up some zinc white gouache. And at some point try pouncing paper with pumice. Maybe someday some bone white (chicken bones, I haven't paid attention to preparation).

Will be looking for models in my local barony. I'm planning to find folks with excellent (sort of) Renaissance era garb. Excellent lines (and really only from the waist up) are all that matter. The fabric can be all wrong, the color can suck, the fabric can have Smurfs, or Hello Kitty, or what have you, all over (diapered, I suppose). I won't be adding the Smurfs. As long as the lines are right, everything's copacetic.

I've played a bit with my 5 and 6H pencils (how did I never really realize that Faber Castell only makes up to 6H and skips 7H, 8H and 9H? Who knows. I'll have to see if CFOP carries Derwent, they make the full range of hard pencils. Anyway, the harder pencils are good practice for silverpoint.

I'm excited.

And, yeah, I'll even end up wetting, stretching (and drying) before gessoing some paper. Seems like from being thoroughly lazy, I've gone totally crazy.

Oy!

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