So yesterday I decide to order Vegusto to see what the foss is all about faux-cheeses.
My son and I really don't like faux-meat done with soya. The only soya that we're eating right now is our butter (Pure).
It never appeal to us. Because we never really liked meat so why tried to replace it. Yes, sure some of you saw me enjoying my cookings with meat. But did you notice the amount of flavouring with spices that I added?
Well, back to the Vegusto, I order a starter kit and I have to say they're client service is the best. Even the delivery company they use, sent emails and messages to my phone number, telling me what time and even the name of the driver who was delivering the package... That's 5 star service. Well done!
Here's some pictures:
I turn around to get my camera, turn around to take a photo what do I see...Lea!
If you are curious check them out: www.vegusto.co.uk
My lovely chunky sketchbook from Seawhite of Brighton arrived today!
Middle sister of my other one that I use for Urban Sketchers Portugal-Madeira.
You can buy them in 3 sizes: small, medium and large (will be the next one on the shoppig list).
They are square and hold watercolours really well (140gsm)
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Of all the new Derwent products that I bought recently only the Onyx are not vegan.
I've looked in their chart and all the doubts that I had about 3 of the Aquatone pencils were unnecessary, there are all vegan, apparently, for example ivory black and sap green are just names.
This is were I'll draw my line!
What I mean with this is I'm quite comfortable to buy products from Derwent that are not vegan. Why? Because they've made an effort to present products that are. For example the graphic pencils, the onix, natural graphite, etc are considered not vegan (they don't example why) I'm guessing it has something to do with the way the test the lightfastness with blue wool.
If 60% or more percentage of my artmaterial are vegan I quite happy and I feel that I'm making a difference!
I was feeling overwhelmed and very disappointed with myself when I had doubts with the Aquatone. I said to myself 'Enough with this type of thoughts it's impossible to be 100% vegan be proud that you are already making a difference'.
A quick resume for the products that I'm interested (some I already have, other's I'll have yet to buy)
Graphitint Vegan all (have it)
Coloursoft Vegan all (have it)
Aquatone Vegan all (have it)
Graphitone Vegan all (have it)
Artbar Vegan all
Metallic Vegan all
Pastel pencils Vegan all
Artist a few are not Vegan
Onyx not vegan (have it)
Drawing not vegan
Inktense not vegan
natural graphite not vegan
XL graphite not vegan
Tinted Charcoal not vegan
Here's a link of the Derwent Products and choose a product from the left list and check the colour chart and lighfast ratings. It's there were you find if the product is vegan or not.
I've been really busy (for over a month) organizing my papers, notes, learning the best of my hability about Vegan lifestyle, doing my tax return (done, submitted... nerve wreaking for time, I've done here, I'm really strick with myself and I do hope I didn't screw up... I take really serious...)...
Yesterday I've put the portrait that I've done of my son up (for the time being it's looking perfect where it is!). Lea had to be around for the photo of course, she even climb the books to make sure I had her ...
(the figurines are all together, so Lea doesn't break any again)
It took me nearly a month to decide if I would create a new blog about my Vegan Lifestyle (and other stuff !) or if I continue posting here. Eureka or shall I say Freacking finally I made my mind up... It was pissing me off a bit (Yes, I can not only drive all of you crazy, I can drive my self crazy also, from time to time).
I was also thinking about the name of the blog... every name I thought was either a song title, a book, blogs, sites, etc... frustrating...
Eudaimonia = cutting short means happiness, well being
Utopia = cutting short means perfect world, society
This is why my site description is "Welcome to my voyage for a mindful world of happiness where respect and kindness for all beings and nature is imperative!"
W.I.P. I'm redoing the kitchen curtain with a different thread. The other one made the kitchen to dark and was to bulky. This is 5 hours of work, 31 -inches/78cm...doesn't look that much does it? :(
In the picture you see starting from the left side a bit of a small petal, 1 leaf, a big petal and another leaf. It's going to be roses.
The kitchen will have two panels.
At Hobbydrawing Club today we explored the portrait. I choose a tibetian old man.
It's easy when you are starting drawing portraits for the first time if you choose an older person. If you get the tones wrong you can only make a little bit younger or a little bit older but it's Ok.
In the first half of the workshop I give some studies of eyes, nose, mouth, ear, hair to free the hands and harm them up for the big portrait.
They did a good job. I was happy with the results. Thank you !
2 hours is not enough...
I've closed my Facebook Account and my Facebook Page on the 14th February 2014.
Got sick off the headless posts and comments on it. Bitching has nothing to do with me.
I prefer to spent time on the internet more productive.
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This Friday "Hobbydrawing Club" at Hobbycraft Carlisle we'll be drawing some Portraits... Want to learn, come along... If you have your own project please feel free to bring it with you. From 11:30 till 13:30 prices are £12 with material include or £5 if you bring your own.
I decided for the time being to do just 2 days per month at Hobbycraft Carlisle. One friday dedicated to the Hobbydrawing Club and the other to the Hobbypainting Club.
So next week on the 24th at the same time as always will be the first day for Hobbypainting Club.
Also don´t forget I'm doing a demo on Illustration and /or Sketching it's up to you to decide which one you want to see me doing. Great stuff isn´t it.
For further dates keep an eye on this blog and my newsletters.
When I arrived I promissed myself that my price list would be really cheap and accessible to everyone for a year. A year went by and I created a new price list its still low and I feel more comfortable with it.