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Instagram And The Inkophile, Part 2


At least for now, you can find me as TheInkophile on Instagram. Only a few photos to share, but after the holidays, quality and frequency will increase.

Speaking of the holidays, Christmas came early with the arrival of the Sony Xperia from Leigh that allowed me to join Instagram. It is a 6″ phone, huge compared to the iPhones my kids use, and it resides next to my laptop allowing me to easily track social media. With Evernote and the Dolphin browser installed, almost anything is possible. My photos are a bit too dark, but I’m working on that. Folks on Instagram seem to be pretty tolerant and for that I am grateful.



Eccentric Professor


It’s been a less than thrilling day with not a moment for writing or painting. However, an old friend sent something to brighten things up a bit and I’m passing it along just in case you could use a chuckle, too.

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one-question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk, and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote more than 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class, however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”


Instagram And The Inkophile


Are you on Instagram? Thanks to Leigh’s generous gift of an Android phone (!), I can now play in that humongous pond. Still getting the hang of using the phone’s camera, but that will improve with practice. Unfortunately, Inkophile is taken as is Margana. So I can use my full name or something expressive of my interests. Got any suggestions?


A Dog, Scarves, Ink And A Journal


Spent more time writing and less time surfing, but I did find a few items worth sharing…



Orange Delights From Ink To Paint


Orange is a happy color and a good way to greet the week. While testing (playing) with some orange watercolors, the mail arrived with some orange delights from Karen at Exaclair including an orange Rhodia Webnotebook and a bottle of J. Herbin Orange Indien. Thus orange delights for a happy start to the work week. Lucky me!


A Few Links For Sunday Treats


A few tidbits for your Sunday of leisure…

Labradoodle. What a face!


Locating Writing And Painting Subjects


Even if you aren’t hitting the road for a summer vacation, there is an unlimited source of material for both writing and painting thanks to Google Maps. The 360° view makes finding just the right scene easy.

Googles Images is another source for inspiration.

Yesterday, I went to Glencoe, Scotland.

Tomorrow it will be Provence.

I think it will be Fiji at the weekend.

Not only can I paint these locations, but I can write about them even if only to practice my use of descriptive language. A travel journal might be a good combination of the two. A little prose next to a watercolor sketch sounds like a great way to fill a Stillman & Birn journal. So those are my travel plans for summer. What are yours?


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