I guess yesterday was my day for ‘spattering’. Last evening I was sitting on the island enjoying the quiet and watching the aerators spraying, when I thought, ‘oh wow, what a great spatter!’
I always carry my small sketchbook down there, so I pulled it out, did the sketch and spattered it when I came home.
I love when inspiration hits me like that.
Fountain in the lake
Shooting spray high above me
I forgot it was ‘draw a bird day’ so I quickly did this full using a photo reference from Pixabay.
Definitely multi media trying to get on paper what I had in my mind: ink, charcoal, graphite and white powder pastel on toned paper.
‘Wings up and feet out
Coming in for a landing
Two points and perfect’
Last evening, the Catalina Mountain tops were bathed in sunlight so I did a quick outline sketch. Finished all the cross hatching while watching baseball. And wrote the haiku:
‘Mountain top sun
Reflecting off the high peaks
The days last hurrah’
Metro fountain pen filled with J. Hebrin ‘Cafe de iles’, a beautiful brown ink on calligraphy paper.
This sketch was a multi media fun piece. I decided to sketch this shell because of the black tips on it, then I could use my new pen!
I also ended up using a charcoal pencil, white gelly roll pen, white colored pencil, a tortillon and of course, my new Sailor fountain pen
Then I wrote a haiku about the memories imbedded in the shell
‘This pretty seashell
Was a gift from a good friend
This and memories’
My April Fool joke is that I am not buying any new fountain pens! Well, not today anyway 😂😂😂
Happy April 1st!
The challenge of #oneweek100people2017 has been circulating in the art community. I started a day late because I love challenges and could not pass it by. These were my first 20. And they were fun!
I used the people around me on this day for my next 20 and decided that color would be fun.
On this day I used some watercolor on the left side and charcoal on the right side.
This was the day I only had a day left to finish the last 40!
I did it! I did it! Not the best job but I did it!
The best part of doing challenges like this are the things we learn along the way. For instance, I haven’t used charcoal in a very long time and found I still like it.
I haven’t done any gestures drawing in forever; didn’t like it years ago and that has not changed!
One thing I discovered is the use of my brush pen, and then adding color to it. I think it’s the boldness that I like. You can capture action very fast with the brush pen and want to try that more.
Phew, now I can move onto painting again. I bought some new hand crafted watercolors that I am dying to try.
This is the second page in my Stonehenge sample paper sketchbook. It’s on hot press paper and I thought it would be fun to take pictures at each step.
The first one is just the pen and ink work which lays down beautifully on this smooth paper.
The second one is adding water to the soluble ink.
The last one is finished with watercolor. Those are my subjects on the right side.
I am really loving this hot press Stonehenge paper! I can see where certain subjects would be better on the cold press and rough press but in the meantime I’m embracing this type.