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.
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.
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.