Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LML: It's the Little Things

Ever since I was small, I have a love for new art materials.

To this day I can still remember the first box of 64 crayons I received.  It was such a big deal opening the box and having all of the crayons look like this.  That fantastic waxy smell and all of the crayons lined up perfectly and untouched.

Even though art is something I do right now as a hobby, I never lose that feeling of utter joy anytime I get something new and useful.

So in honor of LML Monday, here are a few things that help me love my life just a little bit more.

1.  New Markers:

Anybody that does marker-based artwork knows that it is a pain in the buttocks trying to do flesh tones.  Standard sets don't seem to carry them.

When you're a low-level, semi-starving artist it is really hard to find anything.  The closest thing before this was a set of Crayola washables that had fleshtones, and those I was very concerned about lightfastness, quality and longevity.

So I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a few slightly more expensive ones.

These are AWESOME.  They are dual tipped so there's a brush pen on one end and a fine point marker on the other.

It made me so happy it almost felt like those 64 Crayolas all over again.  Hooray!  And further I bought it from....

2. Amazon: Amazon made me happy because I finally found exactly what I was looking for, didn't have to pay a fortune, ordered it Saturday night and it got here today!

Now I have all the utensils I need to complete my next poster for the film series I am helping to coordinate.  Sweetness!

3. Tom Lehrer.  While I can't say for sure whether we had his record album growing up, I can say with certainty I heard one song many times, sung with hilarity and joy growing up as my mother would belt out lines from it periodically.

Fast-forward to today, and we can experience Tom Lehrer performing his piece on film.  As part of my countdown to Halloween, I cannot help but highlight the great and timeless Lehrer in hopes of spreading the joy of his hilarious and macabre tunes.  For your viewing and listening pleasure...

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.

If you think this is funny and a bit twisted wait until I post the other two....

Consider it my gift to you, to remember to enjoy life even amidst the entirely unfunny hurricane ripping up the east coast.

It's either laugh or cry, right? Let's choose laughter.


  1. If only the boxes stayed like that in our house!!!!

  2. Glad that you found what you were looking for. Cute song about spring, love a bit of humour!

  3. And I'm thankful to YOU for introducing me to Lehrer in college. "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" was one of my faves. :)

  4. I'm with you on the crayons. Even more exciting for me, though, was a blank piece of notebook paper when I was about to start writing something new. (Remember when we used to write on notebook paper with a pen? Yeah, those were the days.)

    And I can't believe I've never heard that song before! Thanks for the laugh.