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Creative Caravan

Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Sunday, 30th November 2008, 1 of 2

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THREE DOGS scamper around the field and the four ponies soon come down to investigate. The man who looks after the ponies starts a fire and white smoke drifts up in front of the ivy-covered ash.

Ash tree
Ponies in horse blankets
Small pony
Pony in blanket
Man and caravan
Man and his pony

He takes the blankets off the ponies and grooms them, allowing the blankets to air off. We had a keen frost last night so they needed the blankets but the ponies must be glad to feel the morning sunshine.

Creative License

He cleans the window of the old caravan. I think that’s the first time in ten years that I seen it being given any attention. When artist journaler Danny Gregory stayed with us one weekend in the summer of 2004, he did a pen and watercolour drawing of this caravan and it appears on page 4 of his book Creative License, Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are.


Danny’s new book An Illustrated Life has just been published.



I feel that I’m dusting off my creative caravan a bit this morning because, following an exchange of e-mails about pens and inks with Charles Ackerman, inventor of the Pump Pen, I thought it was about time that I gave Noodler’s Bulletproof Black Ink another try. Noodler’s is unique because it reacts with the cellulose in paper, drying permanently, so you can use it in a fountain pen and it won’t clog it up. In a test some years ago, I’d decided it wasn’t as reliable at my favourite Indian inks but I realised there were several reasons (such as contamination in my pen) why this could be so. I’ve now given my Rotring ArtPen (with an EF nib) a thorough flushing out and, as you can see, the Noodler’s is working fine. I added the watercolour immediately after I made each drawing yet the ink didn’t run. It’s a little grey, probably because there was still some water in the nib unit.

Links: Danny Gregory, Ackerman Pens, Noodler’s Ink