A Dog, Stabilo Tones, a Rant, and a Reminder

January 18, 2010

I ponder the lack of light, and cover other bases as mentioned in the post title.

Above: practice sketch of Mavis a mixed-breed bitch who exhibits a lot of Shih-Tzu and Lhasa Apso characteristics. Click on the image to view an enlargement (original is about 9 x 12 inches in a Kunst and Papier soft-bound sewn-signature sketchbook).

I'm rushing to get organized so I can go to tonight's meeting (essential since I've got the key!) and am popping up this image to share today.

Meeting? Yes MCBA's Visual Journal Collective's first 2010 meeting is tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Read about the meeting at the link and if you're in town, join us!

I have only had a couple quiet moments with Mavis, usually when I'm a dinner guest and other things require my attention. But at some point I hope to sketch her at some length. A little practice is in order. I need to learn the shapes of this non-prick-eared dog. So I threw some very low light photos I'd managed to take of her the last time I saw her onto the computer screen and sat back and sketched with a blue Stabilo Tone.

I'm telling you folks it might be energy efficient and green and wonderful to
have these new light bulbs everywhere (and all my friends seem to be adopting them) but there is no light! I for
one don't know how I'm going to work when the conversion is irrevocable
and my bright lights are no longer available—it will change art as
surely as the electric light bulb first did. (I need a lot of light folks—or as Dick is known to remark, "I get a sunburn every time I come into your studio." But then he is of Irish, German, and Finnish extraction and apt to have sunburn problems.)

As the Jimmy Stewart character Mr. Hobbes says in "Mr. Hobbes Takes a Vacation," "That's not a light, that's a dim." 

There you have it, a dog, Stabilo Tones, a Rant, and a Reminder, not in that order, but delivered. If you can't be at the meeting with us tonight I hope you find something you love to sketch and learn something new about it tonight!

    • lee
    • January 18, 2010

    I’m so grateful to hear someone else complain about the lack of light the efficient and save-the-world light bulbs (don’t) produce. Like you, people complain when walking into my room, although the most common complaint seems to be that I am “signaling UFO’s”.

    Will our eyes adapt when our favorite lamps are no longer available?

    • Roz
    • January 18, 2010

    Lee, I don’t know why more folks aren’t complaining, but hey, if the mothership comes to get you (heeding your signal) then pop over here and pick me up and we can leave this dim world behind. Aliens seem to understand bright light!

    I have been trying to use one of those expensive Ott standing lamps and the light actually QUIVERS. How awful is that!!! Even for simple tasks like reading.


  1. I’m SO glad someone else complained about the light…or lack there of…for the longest time I thought it was me.

  2. Reply

    Rather than sun burns we have Interrogation Lighting in this house.

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2010

    Lynn, it is not just you! People are going to wake up in 2012 (or is it 2011!!!) when the incandescent bulbs are gone, and there will be a lot of crying in the dark!!!

  3. Reply

    Hi Roz
    I know just how you feel – here in the UK we have been using the new bulbs for a few years now and last year was supposed to be when the old ones disappeared, although you can still find them.
    I discovered that you can get a 30W in the new energy saving bulbs (if you are prepared to track them down) which is equivalent to a 150w old bulb, and, after it warms up it does give out a good light.
    Hope you can get them where you are

    • Roz
    • January 22, 2010

    Lynne, I will keep my eyes open for those bulbs!!!

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