It's been a good week. I completed a big illustration job. It's a book, The Mysterious Benedict Society, that I did illustrations for the cover and chapters. The first book in the series was illustrated by one of my favorite artists: Carson Ellis. The site for the first book can be viewed here. I've been working on it for four months, so it's great to finally have it completed. To celebrate, I bought some sorely needed new paints. I have been relying heavily on a small travel set of watercolors I obtained in Italy 13 years ago. I love them, but alas they are shriveling and crumbling. All of the paintings on this site were created using them. That little set has traveled everywhere with me. I googled the brand, Maimeri, and found a metal set of 24 half pans ( small dried cakes) of watercolor on Blick's Art website. They arrived in the mail today, and I couldn't be happier. Each color pan was individually wrapped in foil. The colors are so yummy. The purity and transparency of the pigments are beautiful. The labels even have little kingfishers on them. Sangue di Drago, has to be the best name for a red. Grazie Italia.