Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Perfect Sketchbook is BACK!!

From the crowd funded campaign page of
The Perfect Sketchbook
If you're an artist you've probably heard of The Perfect Sketchook. A year or so ago a crowd funded pocket sketchbook was born and it was incredibly popular. It had great paper and all the other wonderful bits that every watercolor or pen & ink artist would want included in the perfect sketchbook. Well, it's being done again and this time the sketchbook is bigger, it's not a little pocket pal like the very popular Perfect sketchbook was last time.

This, once again crowd funded Perfect Sketchbook, is a large 7 x 10.25 inches (approx.) which is much more usable to so many more artists! The Perfect Pocked Sketchbook was so popular and this time with the large Perfect Sketchbook, the sales are going like wildfire. In fact, the crowd funded event only started two days ago and it's already fully funded so the Perfect Sketchbook (large) will go forward, guaranteed. 

Picture from The Perfect Sketchbook B5 page
There are still ways you can participate and get you're own Perfect Sketchbook. Just go to the crowd funded page HERE and choose the way you'd like to participate. You can get your own Perfect Sketchbook for as little as $40USD. The new Perfect Sketchbook (B5) is twice the size of the original pocket Perfect Sketchbook. The sketchbook has 56 pages of artist grade watercolor paper made by Fabriano Artistico. The paper is 100% cotton, 200gsm and is cold pressed. A nice detail is that the side of the pages will be decal edged.

Just to give you an idea of the quality of this sketchbook, the Fabriano paper has been favored by renaissance masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. This really sounds like a special Perfect Sketchbook, the cover will be recycled leather with rounded corners and a pocket in the back to hold miscellaneous bits. Go see for yourself, I can't imagine any artist who works in any way in a sketchbook not loving this one. Oh, and I almost forgot, you can even get it personalized with gilded lettering (like your name) on the cover for just a little more money! 

I'll be back in a few days for Art Everyday November (read about it with this link). This will be my third year participating and I hope you'll join me. It's a great community and also a terrific way to start a good tradition making consistent art. If you'd like to sign up, just go here! Think of it as an early New Years resolution. All you have to do is go to Leah's blog (everyday if you'd like to) in November, her blog is Creative Everyday. Just add your name and link to your art. See you there.

Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!! BOO. hehehehe.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Review: "Host" by Robin Cook

I was happy when I was contacted to find out if I wanted to read and review Robin Cook's newest thriller, "Host". I remembered that the name Cook used to be spoken reverently in our home when I was a teen. His books were always fought over by my parents, who got to read the latest tome first. I was therefore excited to read a Cook thriller, I have to admit, I thought "why haven't I picked one of his books up recently?". This offer from G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House certainly would correct my omission.

Lynn Peirce, a fourth year medical student at Mason-Dixon University hospital is our main character. Lynn encouraged her boyfriend Carl to have his simple knee operation done at her Hospital and she even recommended the perfect doctor to do it. But something goes wrong with the anesthesia and Carl doesn't wake up after surgery. Lynn is stunned but when she hears of another case of a simple surgery ending in the patient being comatose she becomes suspicious. Is there something going on in Mason-Dixon University Hospital? As Lynn and her medical school partner Michael look for answers, their medical careers and their very lives are put in danger. Searching for the truth may be very bad for their health.

Although Mr. Cook is still a wonderful writer who illicits feelings of excitement in the reader, this newest novel seems to be somewhat of a rehash of an older Cook thriller. As I understand, "Coma", written in 1977, was Robin Cook's first big hit. I am sorry to say that "Host" seems to be a rehash of the main theme of that first book. 

Now, that's not to say it isn't good, at least for those who have never read Cook. I, however was a little disappointed. For me, because I had read "Coma", I found this book to be only a three star out of five. If you haven't ever read Cook though, I'd recommend trying this one, it has all the latest technological upgrades to the medical field added in that wouldn't have existed in 1977. I just wish this had been more of an original and new Cook book.



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