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so this super-duper-more-than-awesome-totally-fantastically-magical-insanely-amazing-incredible-and-ridiculously-talented friend of mine named Jackie (yes, the same Jackie I’ve referred to before who resides in Portland, er, P-Town as we like to call it) introduced me to these pencils. or watercolors. wait wait wait. they are neither, they are both, but they are the best of both worlds. better than the best of both worlds because when you add water to this set of seemingly ordinary pencils they take on a life of their own. seriously. and if you do not own a set of them, you must. if you are still reading this, STOP NOW and go to your local art store and purchase a set immediately. i don’t care if you over withdraw your account because they are totally worth it. trust me. and if you can’t trust me, then trust Jackie cause she’s pretty much one of the coolest (er, the coolest) chicks ever. plus they are called, INKTENSE. what more do i have to say?

so, i used these in(k)tense pencils to create a little color chart for a wee lil’ project i have brewing and without them, i would have had to rely on sub par things like water colors or colored pencils, which, don’t get me wrong :: they serve a purpose in and of their own :: but for a theory involving color theory and spectrum, these Inktense pencils really did the d*mn trick ::

so, yeah. that’s it. ‘that’ll do pig.’ and no, I am actually not clever enough to realize the irony of that expression within the context of my studio’s name, so i am hereby accidentally clever, but clever none-the-less, right?

[courtesy of Jackie Fleckenstein & Inktense]




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speaking of san francisco

i’ve made a new friend down in that fine city who’s name is Gabe. he’s an artist. a photographer. an everything-er. anyway :: i would rather not say too much more because his work speaks for itself and i highly recommend you go ahead and click that link, you can thank me later.

that’s a little preview. do you see what i see? yeah, a little thing called talent. or awesomeness. or some combination of the two.. ‘awesomalent’ anyone?

[work by Gabe Schama]


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the great white buffalo

i feel so silly. i haven’t even introduced you to The Great White Buffalo. i’m sorry you haven’t met sooner because it is a most magnificent thing:

are you with me on this? on how awesome this is? we (a few friends and i) found this when we were walking around a neighborhood in seattle. we had decided to take this little side street we’d never even noticed before and there it was.

this beauty (or beast, depending on how you feel about it) was just parked there. i was tempted to knock on the door to the house and force the owner of this hog to tell me its story. and then i was even more tempted to just jump into the driver’s seat and take off with it, so i could have it all to myself. my friends deterred me from doing all of the above, so i forced them to wait for me while i took pictures. winding the film slowly so as to make them wait even longer, i was being childish. i really wanted (and still do) The Great White Buffalo.

remember being a kid in a toy store? and you’d pick up a toy (in my case, it was usually a My Little Pony) and you’d ask your mom and/or dad for it? and when they said NO, you got a little more pleading and may have even whipped out a pair of puppy dog eyes? in general, i was not too difficult in toy stores, if I got the “NO, put that down” response – I’d listen. However, there were a few times where I’d have my heart set on some toy and it felt like if I didn’t bring this one tiny little toy home with me my life might, in fact, just end. well, that’s how i felt (and still do) about The Great White Buffalo. and i’ve never seen it again (trust me, i went looking for it). one day, we will be reunited, i just know it.

[nikon 35mm + color film]


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