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The Spy!

Title: The Spy
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: This is a very secret bird. He is watching you.
Important notice: I now have 32 people following my blog! Looking forward to explore your blogs as well, I also have to get down to business and add to my blogroll and links to the right.
In other news: My iron substitution therapy has worked far beyond my expectations. If it hadn’t been for me getting dragged down by a persistant cough I would be more alert than I’ve been for several years. I have recently started to bake my own bread, which makes me richer, happier as well as almost too proud of myself. This has unfortunately put the drawing on tha backburner at the moment, but it is still stirring somewhere deep inside my subconscious. Just like the Spy, above.
The future of the sockbirds: I am still thinking along the lines of “Sockbirds for charity”. Maybe Kiva, I have recently started to lend via Kiva and I like it a lot. Sockbird 25 dollars, I donate to Kiva, reuse and use again and again for microloans. After a couple of years withdraw and donate to something else (there is a cat shelter I really adore that I’d like to support). The thing I like with Kiva is that you at least seem to get to know exactly who you are lending to and why. Also, a very high percent of the loans get paid back. What do you think, readers?

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My view is so incredibly beautiful! One of the things I am sure I am going to miss the most, when I move. I have been offered a position here though. If my professional intrests hadn’t lain in the (almost completely) opposite direction and my family and friends had been closer… Given that I get any of the (admittedly rather few) positions I have applied for down south. If I don’t, I am not yet sure what to do. There are several enticing possibilities.

For the longest time I have been planning to post more about all the pretty things I have aquired from Etsy in the previous couple of years. I especially am fond of lampwork (would love to try it). A couple of years ago I bought this little mushroom pendant, quickly realized that it is too big for me to wear around my neck (for my taste) and promptly hung it up by a thread in my window instead. I think it is beautiful there, like a miniature glasshouse.

The Etsy shop is GlassPeace, it is run by Allison and Amir and I bought it along with another pendant the 3rd of October last year.

The apparent haziness in the glass at the top of the pendant is actually dust, not impurities!

How it looks in daylight!

Stay tuned for another sockbird, the Green Spy! Also, an idea about Kiva, the microloan organization, at the end of november.

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Traveling to Tromsø over the weekend is one of the nice things one can allow oneself to do, living on the threshold of the mountains of northern Sweden and Norway. Traveling northward but also toward warmth because of the Gulf Stream. Mountains, clouds and autumn colours made for a rich trip and I will definitely return. Probably not likely for good, since it is a bit too far from friends and family, but who knows? I love the thought of working there for a while, having gotten a great impression of both the university and the hospital.

Me, enjoying the view:

Living at the lovely Tromsö Bed and Books which I can warmly recommend. There is books, comfy beds and you get to draw on the walls! What’s not to love? I am most definitely returning. Here is an image of the wall, I am responsible for the flowers. The rest is made by other guests.

(I did not make the shrimp, but chose to connect it to my plant)

I might make another Tromsö-post soon before we go back to the regularly scheduled sockbird-o-rama.

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Title:
Baby Green
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. R&K alt Goldgrün. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: He is the cutest. I never thought I could draw something this cute. And NO tentacles at all! I hereby clear myself of all responsibility for him. But I still have to tell you he wants to be a sock librarian when he grows up, so I am secretly very proud of him.
Another note: I have noticed that his claws look a bit unfinished. I do like it like that, I think i makes the drawing look more fluid and not too overworked.
In other news: I am way better physically after a month of iron substitution. Still feel a bit overwhelmed about the future (I am the sort of person who want things planned). Possibly, all this uneasiness builds some sort of character. Argh. I don’t need more character.
Upcoming: Blast it if I know. Hopefully some news of my future. Maybe a view again (lots of cloudmonsters sailing past this summer).

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