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Self-Improvement

S is for Self-Improvement. If you are joining me from Blogging A To Z, welcome! Since the blog is already daily, with topics for each day [About: Schedule], there is no specific A To Z theme. I may even skip a few letters. Gasp. Clutch the pearls. The goal for this year is less crazy, more visiting. [Ze State of Ze Blog 2014]

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State of the Blog comes early this month. [List of previous SotB posts].

10 Things To Post Before The End of the Year

Piece of Cake
1 Photo Essay. Easy peasey. My photo teacher [Meet Meg] has already suggested this.

The causative agent was the article “Family Recipes” by Celestina Morgan, a photo essay in the Spring 2017 issue of Gravy, published by the Southern Foodways Alliance. It is a black and white series of a pair of hands in the process of putting together a recipe. Simple, elegant, and, I suspect, way harder than it looks. (I can’t find a link and doubt the ethics of reproducing the photos. Trust me, it is amazing.)

2 Photo of Me on Milton. Piece of cake-ish. We have the ingredients. Need to bake the cake.

3 A Blog Adventure. Go somewhere interesting/amusing/engaging in order to blog about it.

4 AlphaBooks Z is for ? No reason I shouldn’t finish the project [Explanation]. Wanted to give myself a softball.

Stretch
5 Eight Saturday experiments, one for each remaining month. Essays. Another referral Saturday [Horseback Reads]. The blog adventure listed above. Anything more thoughtful than Ack, it’s Friday. I need a post! Full goal is eight. I’ll be happy with five.

6 At least one image on which I have done some small amount of post production. Right now, my skill set is crop, watermark, and add a border. I’m not being a purist. I post images right out of the camera because I don’t know any better.

7 Daily Images. A stretch goal due to vagueness. I want to add visual appeal, but don’t want to make myself nuts, again [Where Do We Go From Here?]. I don’t want to get so busy checking items off lists that I forget to have a life.

Magical Unicorn Fantasy Goals
(Shout out to Ambitious for help with the category title.)

8 Photo of me jumping.

9 Show Report with Milton or Rodney. A Beginner Novice event would be awesome. Anything jumping would be great. A dressage show will meet goal requirements.

10 Writer’s website. The How is simple. I have a cousin in the biz. The Why is problematic. Before I make a website, I have figure out what I want to DO with it, which involves figuring out what I want to BE when I grow up.

Onwards!

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Letter Art: Wallpapering with Light

The Immersion Room at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum has the neatest interactive table. Although the word “interactive” gets tossed about, this one really is. You use a stylus to draw on a screen. The result is displayed as a repeating pattern on the walls. Too cool.

Since my life is a blog post, I asked my friends to design Rodney’s Saga wallpaper. Voila!

Letter design & photography courtesy of the A Squad.

 

List of NYC Posts

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No SketchBox lettering for April. It was pencils, which I have always hated for their messiness and impermanence. I tried, but not even the pretty colors and fancy holder could not overcome my loathing. The other item was a self-filling sepia pen that I could never get to work. #artfail

March: [Watercolor]
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Lettering 2017

[Winter Tournament Letters]
[Watercolor]
[Daylight Savings]
[Connect The Dots]
[Pen & Pastels]
[NYC 2016]

Previous Lettering
[2016] [2015] [2014] [2013]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Instagram March 2017

F is for Foto Friday, by happy accident. If you are joining me from Blogging A To Z, welcome! Since the blog is already daily, with topics for each day [About: Schedule], there is no specific A To Z theme. I may even skip a few letters. Gasp. Clutch the pearls. The goal for this year is less crazy, more visiting. [Ze State of Ze Blog 2014]

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March Instagram from @rodneyssaga.

Freckles enjoying camp.

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Milton checks out the neighbors during our evening walk.

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Surprise gift from a friend.

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The driving version of between the ears.

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Hasn't seen a trailer in a year. Walked right on.

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Dumpster Diving

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Maiden Voyage. No horse yet. Testing rig & inflating trailer tires.

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Evening star

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Long-lining

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It moves! #trailerexcitement

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A working truck is a happy truck.

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March 2017

Previous [Instagram February 2017]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Letter Art: Winter Tournament Letters

“Robert”, my Winter Tournament partner this year, spelled out in previous Winter Tournament series ribbons.

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Lettering 2017

[Watercolor]
[Daylight Savings]
[Connect The Dots]
[Pen & Pastels] SketchBox February 2017
[NYC 2016]

Previous Lettering
[2016] [2015] [2014] [2013]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Awards Weekend

A is for Awards. If you are joining me from Blogging A To Z, welcome! Since the blog is already daily, with topics for each day [About: Schedule], there is no specific A To Z theme. I may even skip a few letters. Gasp. Clutch the pearls. The goal for this year is less crazy, more visiting. [Ze State of Ze Blog 2014]

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Tomorrow is the Alabama Winter Tournament Banquet. No idea what I will come home with. My ribbons in the riding divisions were all over the place:

Advance Horsemanship WTC Adult, with Robert: 6+2+6
Advanced Equitation WTC Adult (Pattern), with Sam & Robert: 6+1+5
Pleasure Horse or Pony WTC Adult, with Robert: 1+4+2

If I stand on my tiptoes, I might reach a Reserve Champion or two. Realistically, I look to be solidly in the yellow and white zone.

OTOH, after two years of Reserve, I will finally win the driving division, by dint of everyone else staying home.

Academy Driving, with Alvin: 1+1

Finally, I suspect my results were erratic enough to smother the advantage of extra classes. My streak of Hi-Point Adult for SSF has most probably come to an end.

2017 shows [#1&#2, #3]
[List of Winter Tournament posts]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Letter Art: Watercolor

 

SketchBox March 2017

Liquitex Muted Pink Acrylic Watercolor Ink
Fabriano Watercolor Postcards
Princeton Neptune 1/4″ Dagger Brush
Sakura Pentouch White Extra Fine pen
Art card by Victoria Wilson, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy
Box art by Shantall Alam, Instagram, Facebook
#SketchBoxMARCH

Frankly, when I signed on for SketchBox, I expected more pens. Pens I can handle, kinda. Pastels & watercolors? Not so much. Although, having said that, I couldn’t find a way to incorporate this month’s pen. Bah! Artbug!

Lettering 2017

[Daylight Savings]
[Connect The Dots]
[Pen & Pastels] SketchBox February 2017
[NYC 2016]

Previous Lettering
[2016] [2015] [2014] [2013]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Art Friday: Portrait of Rodney

 

Artwork by Alyssa of Four Mares. No Money. When an unexpected vet bill zeroed out her horse show money, Well That is One Way to Start the Year, she offered to paint horse and pet portraits to build her fund back up. From an handful of links, she totally captured Rodney’s look. I suspect she is still taking commissions.

The framing was done by the brilliant Craig Zernik at Four Corners Gallery. While he was mostly working off the background colors, the resulting frame suits Rodney’s … um … range of emotions.

As I’ve said [Framed!], I have a slight framing addiction.

May I also say that as I write this, I am following updates on Presto, who is sadly a very sick foal, the $900 Facebook pony: Say hello to Presto!!! As a result, I am wrapped up in the lives of two women I may never meet. The blogging world is both magnificent and weird.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott