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Pen #10 - Retro Lite

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-12-2019 08:16 AM 389 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this pen. Except to ‘splain that it’s called “Retro Lite” to distinguish it from #8, which is also a “Retro” style, of a darker wood. That was Claro Walnut. This, I don’t know. I think this may be, so far, at any rate, my favorite style. It’s the only one, so far, that has a cap. That may well be the reason – it just seems so, well, sophisticated. So dignified. So modest. No fancy gearing or push-button. Let’s just cover ourownbadself up, when not in use.

Now, because I have so little to say about this Thing, I’ll engage in some piffle, as is my wont.

Art, sometimes, just happens. Case in point: A silhouette of a wooded hillside, painted on my garage door, by the sun, using shadow, as its medium.

Then, as I think I’ve mentioned in the past, there’s art all over L.A. This example is on San Vicente Boulevard at, I think, 3rd Street. It’s a really hard thing to get a photo of. San Vicente is a very busy road, and one has to have the good fortune of being stopped by the traffic signal, while at the front of the line, preferably, in the right lane, so’s not to get a car in the shot. Anytime this scenario has befallen me, I’ve been in the left lane, because I’m setting up for a left turn at the next street. I think I got enough of it, though – just as the light turned green.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

Speaking of shadows. Here’s a little tagline, for the context.

Your shadow is a confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the final few feet, thanks to you.

-- Mark





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#1 posted 01-12-2019 08:26 AM

beautiful pen,Mark
now you are master of pens

-- bambi

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 08:32 AM

Thank you, Bambi. But, “master” is a big word. When I can figure out how to make the truly amazing ideas I have come to fruition, I might be more in agreement with your assessment.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 09:34 AM

A very nice pen there Mark, along with the picures.

Now get to work with it and write youself up a citation (I think thats what you guys call it) otherwise a ticket for using your mobile phone while driving! Tee hee

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 01-12-2019 02:27 PM

A very good looking pen Mark! I like the rich warm color…goes well with the darker elements.
I took a look at the “ART you captures on your lens! Looks like Google got there before the artist!
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-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 01-12-2019 02:32 PM

Elegant pen. Perfect for writing those long letters to someone.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-12-2019 02:44 PM

Sweet looking pen, Mark. I like the ring detail.

My brother sent me some photos of works done by a street artist form CA. The artist incorporated building details as part of the art work- a bell, a fire standard, a pipe, etc. Really cool! Can’t find them now but you have probably seen them.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 01-12-2019 04:20 PM

I like, do believe there may be a need to make a few of that style?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 01-12-2019 06:13 PM

Rob: Not a phone photo. I actually carry a camera around with me.
Here’s a phone photo, taken right phrom the phone mount:

Tony: How do you get a screen cap of a Google Earth shot? And, thanks. Now, I know, it’s 6th Street, not 3rd.

Lew: I think I know what you’re talking about. Apropos of nothing, signal boxes are a common canvas.

Andre: As much as I like this style, pens need buyers. In the field of penmaking, I’m, so to speak, driving with my foot on the brake.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 01-12-2019 06:25 PM

Hey Mark,
About screen shots! What are your using for an operating system Windows 10 or Apple?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 01-12-2019 07:26 PM

Another great pen, that wood grain is really nice. I also like the cap – keeps them from leaking ink on a shirt or suit when kept in a pocket.

That is a great shadow on the garage – you must be at just the right focal point to get that amount of detail, glad you were able to capture the effect on camera for us.

Really like that street art – we have two types of street art around here. 1. The illegal kind – kids with cans of spray paint who think they are being cool by painting expletives on the walls of their schools. 2. The legal kind – commissioned by the City with artist, theme, and design all selected and approved by a committee of government employees and concerned citizens. Neither type will ever be considered the best of the genre.

Have a great weekend.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 01-12-2019 07:27 PM

Mark if your using Windows….

Find the (Print Screen Key) on you keyboard. What ever is on your screen when you click that key will be put on your clip board.

Next (Open Paint) and click on the (Past) button. The image will pop into paint and and from there you can work on it.

When your done cropping or playing with the image you can cick (File) and then (Save As). Give it a name. I always choose Save as .JPG and then save it to my desktop for further use.

Let me know if this helped you!
.

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-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 01-12-2019 07:58 PM

Glad to hear its not a phone photo while driving, the practice is so bad it has reached epidemic levels here.

In shefield Tasmania there is a town that has heaps of wall murals you would enjoy ubering around there with your camera. (I may have told you about it before if so ignore my babble)

Google earth, ...a funny mob why would you go to the effort to do that? Car number plates I can understand (well almost) but now when you go the check out a house the street name and sometimes the number on the letter box is blurred out, what the point it? defeats the purpose!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 01-12-2019 09:49 PM

Good pen buddy, nice wood selection.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-13-2019 01:32 AM

Very nice pen, hows your penmanship with the new pen.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 01-13-2019 05:46 AM

Tony: Windows, it is. I don’t even have Google Earth in my machine anymore. Took up too much space. Nice to know, though, how to do a screenshot on my laptop. I only recently – accidentally – discovered how to do it on my iPhone.

John: I took the photo through my windshield, when I parked my car the other day – with my actual camera, not my phone. Yeah, we have all the graffiti anyone needs, too. But, the real “art?” You ought to see some of it. And, you will, if I have anything to say about it. Oh. Lool. I found something, just now.

Sorry. I can’t find the one I went looking for.

Rob: Murals in Tasmania? I don’t know why that strikes me as peculiar. Show us some. Do, please. Oh. And, if you want information on houses or other buildings, try Zillow. I can’t tell you how many peoples’ houses I’ve wandered around in, just for my entertainment. (They – or, their realtors – put pictures in there. They don’t really expect people not to look, do they? Now, Google Earth pixelates license plates and addresses, and peoples’ faces, for good reason, I suppose.

GMan: Thank you very much.

Brian: My penmanship, sir, has been, without question, some of the handsomest on Earth, renowned among many, since I first learned to spell my name in cursive, at age five.

-- Mark

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