I’m just getting my blog started up, so this is half test-post and half hello-to-anyone-who-is-reading this. I debated for a while about whether I wanted to make some sort of art/sketching blog, so part of me is pleased that writing this post means I made up my mind about it all, at some point.
Ultimately, my goal is for my art to fuel my blogging, and for the blogging to, in-turn, fuel more art-making.
Notably, I have the Urban Sketchers Symposium coming up next week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’ll be attending AND it is my first such event, so my intent is to write up a few blog posts about my experience there. In addition, I will, of course, be posting sketchbook excerpts to my instagram, so if you are not already connected to me there, check it out!
Today, my Amsterdam preparations entail topping off some of my pans so they have time to set before the trip. Unfortunately, that also means that I can’t carry them around with me, using them to paint, in the next few days of prep. I’ve mostly been sketching with fountain pens in the meantime, since I’m trying to use up some last dregs of ink currently in the converters before it’s time to clean, refill, and go.
My trip to Amsterdam is going to be book-ended by brief jaunts in Chicago, because flying to Europe directly from St. Louis is a painful endeavor, and I have some friends to see in Chi. So, my itinerary is something like StL > Chi > Ams > Chi > StL. We’ll see how that goes.
For now, I’m going to get back to messing around in wordpress and figuring out how-all to manage the back end of things with the website. Once upon a time when I was in High School, I completed my CIW Associate certification, asserting that I had a reasonable grasp of xhtml, CSS, SQL, and a few other concepts. Before that, I’d spent 3 years studying C++ and Java programming.
What I’ve discovered now is that most back-end website building for the average hobbyist is a codeless sort of scenario where none of those skills are really directly useful (though I could apply custom CSS if I wanted, as there are neat form boxes for it). Mostly I wander through menus and mumble to myself about how I’m sure I could code the header the way I’d like if I just ripped the wordpress theme away and got up to my elbows in html.
But for the longevity and not-held-together-by-string peace of mind I’d like to have about this site, I will abstain.
Back to the art, and back to the website set-up!
In the near future, some posts you can expect to see from me are:
- Blog post about what sketching gear (+ non-sketching gear) I’m carrying to Amsterdam
- Blog post about how I’ve hacked my softcover pocket Stillman & Birn sketchbooks to be like hardcover books
- Blog post about how I made an adjustable DIY leather holster for my sketchbooks
- Lots of drawings from my trip!
Thanks for dropping by! – Emmett
- On 18 July, 2019
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