Where Have All the Kolinsky Sable Brushes Gone?

As many of my students know I stopped using sable brushes long ago.  I began to question how the sable hair was acquired and never received a satisfactory answer.   I became uncomfortable with the product.  I found the new synthetic watercolor brushes to handle beautifully so I happily stopped purchasing any animal hair brushes of any sort.

Below is a great link about he fur trade and Kolinsky Sable brushes….why they are getting hard to find and why we should consider alternative brushes that give a wonderful effect without effecting wildlife. :O)

Where Have All the Kolinsky Sable Brushes Gone?.

Jizo Garden and Barking Dog

First wishing all my Jizo Garden friends best of the holiday season and Merry Christmas!  I find that I am posting less and less on Jizo Garden and my other blog http://www.barkingdogstudio.me is becoming my main blog.  I hope those of you who would like to more frequent updates from me will join Barking Dog Studio =o)

When you go to my other website you will find a funny holiday video from me and my family…you will laugh 🙂

Wishing all the best of the holidays and the new year to all ♡

Andrew shop all ready for Christmas

Andrew shop all ready for Christmas

This summer is slipping away…..

I’m not a fan of summer heat but I do enjoy the days that pass slowly.  I look forward to the cool air of fall.  I usually spend time with my art work but this summer was devoted to the puppies.  They are doing so well…looking pretty grown up at nearly 8 months old.  Ben went to his first beauty shop appointment yesterday….a new experience for the both of us =)  He was a star and is all clean and tidy…well as tidy as a Glen of Imaal can be 😉

Not to neglect art all together there is an upcoming show in NYC that is always example of the best of the best…http://www.asba-art.org/exhibitions/15th-annual

Water Garden

My classes are finished for the summer….  I’ve been spending the last week or so trying to get the garden together.  Ben and Devon add a whole new twist to gardening.  I have had to let go of some of the aesthetics and just try to protect many of the plants from bounding puppy games /’ . ‘\  I’m trying a small water garden…found a lovely glazed pot and filled it today with a waterlily plant and some water hyacinth.  You haven’t seen Ben and Devy lately they are both six months old now, best friends, crazy, funny and sweet. Here are a few photos of summer so far…

Hoping my next post will be some new drawings =)

Devon with muddy face from “helping” in the garden…sweet sweet face ♥

Ben looking cute and sheepish ♥ woof!

3 days until my class at the New York Botanical Gardens

Been working very hard to prepare for my class on Lichen and Mosses in Graphite and Watercolor this coming Friday =)  I have put together a Keynote presentation and collected many mosses and lichens for students to use as subject matter.  Hope everyone enjoys their class…. More work to do today….. Cross fingers =)

Foliose Lichens, Sheild and Usnea varieties

Haircap Moss