22 February 2017

saying goodbye . . .

. . . to the best cat I've ever known. After a prolonged period of loosing weight and trying various foods, our Maine Coon, Beorn Bearcat, finally stopped eating or drinking, except the drips he loved to catch from the bathroom vanity. A tumor was found to be growing in his abdomen; at 14 1/2 years of age, with a history of bad reaction to anesthesia, we decided it was time to say goodbye.

Typically, Bear purred right up till the end.

21 February 2017

breakfast with friends

As we gathered at a local diner for breakfast a few mornings ago, I drew my husband's hands. The quote in the upper left had been jotted down several days earlier from a book I'm reading. After adding gouache to the fountain pen sketch, it dawned on me that they sort of go together --- like God Himself is sitting down to share a cup of coffee (or tea, in my case) with us. Our God delights in personal relationships with His children!

18 February 2017

more mini-sketches on-the-go

Ink sketches done quickly while out and about . . . 

Sometimes I add a bit of gouache, but I didn't paint the plaid pattern on my key so I drew it in ink later.

Some days we wear short sleeves and no coats; other days require warm jackets.

Bill should know better than to leave interesting objects lying around. Before he could loan this basin wrench to a friend, I drew it.

This is my orange-red Field Notes notebook made of cardstock. It lives in my purse, ready to grab quickly for whatever happens to appear within my sketching view. These were drawn with a combination of De Atramentis document black ink in a Lamy Safari, Noodler's Lexington gray in a Kuretake brush pen,  a Pentel Pocketbrush pen, and a white Uniball Signo gel pen.

15 February 2017

revisiting my potted plants

I had planned on adding watercolor to this sketch, especially since I love mingled colors on terra cotta pots. But after a comment on Facebook about the drawing's "clean lines", I decided to leave it just ink. . . . . but niggled it a bit anyway by adding some of the quilted cloth's pattern and darkening the dirt.

09 February 2017

yesterday, I sketched!

Lately, as Bill goes through convalescence from surgery, still with severe pain down his arm (the surgery was supposed to fix that), I have not felt like sketching as often. Bill's surgeon is mystified about the pain but the discs have to completely fuse together before another MRI can be done. 

But yesterday I managed to sketch the plants on the table, in my new "burnt sienna" ink mix. Messed up a bit with the quilted cloth pattern underneath since I was drawing directly in ink, no pencil. I will probably add watercolor later.

Then I drew my shoe during church, barely hanging on my foot. It reached 85° daytime high -- and my car's air conditioner is broken. Got a bit sticky-hot. Drawn with a Pentel Pocketbrush pen, gouache added later at home.

06 February 2017

more from Field Notes

With a name like Field Notes notebook, one would think that I would fill this wee purse-or-pocket sized sketchbooks with sketches of the pastures and cotton fields around us. But I tend to just grab them to draw in wherever I happen to end up sitting, whether that be church, a doctor's office, or whatever.

The above is drawn from a recent photo I took. Amazingly, butterflies are still with us through the winter even though it's been colder than normal at times.

I chose to draw my cross necklace here to go with the Scripture verse at church. It's called a "grafted in" cross, representing believers in Messiah Jesus being grafted in to the vine of Israel. God is not finished with His ancient people and His promises hold!

And then there is always a random sketch of my bag or shoe during church . . .

01 February 2017

in search of a burnt sienna ink

I love the burnt sienna color of my Tombow dual tip pen but it is water-soluble, meaning that I can't add watercolor unless I want it to 'bleed'. So following some of Jane Blundell's charts for mixing De Atramentis document inks, I tried mixing a burnt sienna using document red and document black. I think it may need a touch of yellow added, but I don't have a bottle of that.

I recently bought a bottle of the document red from Goulet Pens . . . and as usual, they sent a mini Tootsie Pop with the ink. Here, I tried varying amounts of ink in some empty sample bottles.

I'm also trying out a new Lamy Safari limited edition coral pen. It came with a "M" nib but doesn't yet write smoothly. I've had some Lamy pens in the past that seemed a bit unresponsive at first --- using them over and over eventually breaks them in. Or I can easily replace the nib with one of my extras if this one persists in being stubborn.

31 January 2017

recent small sketches

My small Field Notes sketchbook still lives in my purse . . . The true color of the cardstock paper never seems to come out right when photographed and posted on line. It's actually a dull warm red, without the "glow" that appears here. 

I usually jot down random quotes or Bible verses & notes several pages in advance, so I'm never quite sure if the quote actually matches whatever is later sketched.

Then there are days where I purposely Google an image to illustrate the verses written down. This falcon mother protecting her chicks seemed right for these notes from church.

30 January 2017

yeah, I got it done in time

. . . and Josiah gave his new bear a snuggly hug and named him Mike.

25 January 2017

coming down to the wire . . .

. . . but Josiah's bear is almost finished. I took a sketch break yesterday and drew what I've been slowly working on since my sewing machine was repaired. Joints and stuffing are done, just two openings to close, then his seams get brushed (to free hairs caught in the seams) and I sew the ears in place. The last thing I add is the facial expression and maybe some claws on his paws.
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