Now I’m not that obsessed that I go looking for pencil things whilst I’m on holiday, but when they jump out and hit me in the face, I do take some notice. So here’s a few from my holiday.
I resisted this retailers sign.
This is the biggest pencil I’ve seen in a very long time. Propped up against the wardrobe doors, it’s well over a metre long. Actually it’s a "money box" – there’s a coin slot just under the ferrule, and the fine print implies if you fill it with dollar coins you will have over a thousand dollars.
The only pencil related present I got was a copy of “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, to help advance my sketching endeavours. Thanks very much to those readers who suggested it. I’ve only got a little way into yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be really good. However the first exercise in left/right brain stuff gave me a thumping headache, the worst I’ve had in years. It lasted halfway through the following day. I totally reject my wife’s scurrilous aspersion that the bottle of sauvignon blanc had anything to do with it. Totally unrelated - I had the headache long before I opened that bottle.
“The Headache” – my copy of “Igor Stravinsky” by Picaso.