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Dings and Confidence

May 11, 2016

I am chipping away at unpacking still, I have one more row of card decks in a plastic bin and I am done unpacking every single deck. Whee!!

I received my replacement deck of the Animal Totem Tarot, and it is generally fine although several of the cards have a problem from when they were printed and rolled off the press. Fortunately the face of the cards is fine, but this is obviously how the other card I sent back was ripped.


I sent the very nice woman from Llewellyn customer service a picture of this, so they’d have a record of printing problems. It’s too bad because I’ve been waiting for them to publish the Linestrider Tarot, but this experience has put me off buying any deck from Llewellyn. They used to print such lovely decks, and I can bear witness to that with my collection.

This IS a lovely deck and book, with beautiful art and comprehensive writing, but the printing is abominable. I feel bad for publishers, but this is not acceptable in a deck that costs $30 plus tax.



I like the thought in the book that this young mountain goat looks so sure-footed, but he is that way from practice, from using the path regularly and imprinting his muscle memory.

So it is with anything you do. I just ordered two Gotrick Cradled Wood Panels to paint an abstract diptych to go over my fireplace mantel. One must have art darlings!

My skill and muscle memory with acrylics will improve as I go along. “Just remember the golden rule: don’t look down.” I haven’t felt sure-footed for years so perhaps after our cross-country move and upheaval things will change. I must imprint myself with new patterns.

Don’t look down, don’t look back.



52-Week Sketching Project

December 26, 2014

I decided to cross-post this here as well as on my artsy blog.


There are many good, active online groups doing daily or weekly sketching assignments. I either felt overwhelmed by the number of people, or the push to join Facebook, or the push to post on one site or whatever.

So I thought about it and asked my friend Rose (who is a wonderful artist) if she might like to do this, and then I made up a list of prompts from my dictionary. Then I decided I would contain it in a specific blog.

If you would like to use my prompts here is my new Manner and Material blog and information:

My week one prompt for Jan 5 is “cornbread” so this week I’m baking cornbread to draw. I haven’t made cornbread for decades.

Who wants to bake and draw some cornbread?


You’re going to miss out, I’m putting chocolate chips in mine….