Inkscape 1.0

I’ve been using Inkscape on and off for a couple of years, and recently set it to work on my main (secret) project for the last few months. This (very competent) free and open source vector art tool has now hit the v1.0 milestone and has added a whole bunch of features, including a pencil tool that reacts to pressure sensitivity. If you make vector art and want to use open-source tools you probably already know about Inkscape, but if not check it out here.

The Cafe

Legs felt good this morning after the leg warmer up to Cheung’s Perfumed Pagoda, so took the loop around the harbour and past the old fort. They’re ploughing up at Stoneacre farm. The road is covered in mud and muck and that farmer is miserable. She always scowls even though she gets to drive around in a massive tractor all day. She should be bloody ecstatic. Never mind. Bit of a grind through Hagman’s Woods but managed to catch a glimpse of the kingfisher, second time this year! Didn’t stop in Mungo’s Hole as wanted to finish on a decent climb. So up, up, up Mizzen Hill. A jet flew past so low I nearly had a fit and the legs nearly blew three quarters from the top. Managed to creep up to the top ready and gasping for a nice cup of tea, but the cafe was closed. Bah!

Hello again

Hello Vera

You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet on here. You may not have noticed, it’s hard to tell these days as publishing anything on the internet feels like shouting into a void. I stepped away from blogging for a while as I had trouble with my WordPress account and I was re-evaluating just about everything in my life, but especially regarding my work and how I want to present it. Of course, this period of reflection was (and continues to be) helped along by the COVID-19 crisis. I don’t have much to say about the crisis itself as my opinion is as relatively worthless as most other people’s. But the whole period has been an opportunity to reflect and make small but profound adjustments to my course.

For the time being I want to continue blogging my doodles, haikus and thoughts. I hope to write some longer pieces too. Blogging started out as a way to promote myself and my career as an artist. Now I see it simply as a much needed opportunity for self expression and sharing. So I’m back for the time being, until I change my mind. I hope you enjoy the stuff I post here.