Friday, October 12, 2018

Inktober #9, 10, 11 & 12

#Inktober2018 - #9

#Inktober2018 - #10

#Inktober2018 - #11

#Inktober2018 - #12

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Image by "hot black" /

"My favorite color is October."
Author Unknown

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Inktober #5, 6, 7 & 8

#Inktober2018 - #5

Back in 2006, I was gifted with a large batch of pictures
 taken by a very talented man who went on a photo safari in Africa 
with his family and his new camera.

This is one of his photographs; the reference I used for Inktober #5.

I loved the gesture of the little guy, 
so I cropped the photo and flipped the image.

The elephant was then lightly drawn in pencil.

After the outline was smoothed out, 
I drew in some directional lines as guides, 
and began inking.

After inking, all pencil marks were erased.
Here's the finished silhouette cropped without the reference pen.

The same method was used with the following drawings,
although I bet you could easily use the free animal silhouettes
on Pixabay to produce nice pieces 
or just draw some from your imagination, of course.

#Inktober2018 - #6

#Inktober2018 - #7

#Inktober2018 - #8

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Image by DTL /

"October is crisp days and cool nights,
a time to curl up around the dancing flames
and sink into a good book."
John Sinor

Sounds like a plan for this evening.

Hope to see you in a few days.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inktober #2,3&4

#Inktober2018 / 2,3,&4

While perusing Pinterest earlier this week, 
 I saw some animal illustrations that were done using similar parallel lines.
They are really cool,
so I think I'll try some for the next batch.

Photo compliments of

Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Inktober #1

The rules for the Inktober 2018 challenge allow pencil under-drawings, thank goodness,
 so I sketched in the face and outlined that abundance of hair with graphite.

After that, I went over the pencil lines with a Sharpie marker, and then did
 the parallel hatching or contour hatching (or whatever it's called)
in between the main outline.

There are some wonky lines & blobs of ink in there,
but that's okay.
Practice makes better.

I will post the daily drawings in small batches
twice a week.

Hope to see you then.

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Photo compliments of

Happy October!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Five on Friday - Around Eugene / Whiteaker Neighborhood

Tim & I been emptying the storage unit all week 
& getting ready to have a yard sale.

During a break, we had a leisurely walk
around one of our favorite eccentric neighborhoods, 

Looking forward to getting back to some artwork soon, 
but probably not until InkTober time (October 1).

Hope to see you then.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wild Abandon

India ink on toned paper

Maude Fealy as Mercia / early 20th century

This drawing on toned paper was done with India ink and a palette knife.
My reference was a photo of silent film actress Maude Fealy.
I've been trying to find new ways to use inks 
because InkTober is right around the corner.

The beauty of using these old portraits is that they are abundant
on WikiCommons.
 And no one really knows who these people are.

So they are great to use as a starting point with drawing on paper, in a journal
or just painting.

And when we don't have to worry about getting a likeness,
maybe we're able to create with a little more abandon.

Mary Pickford
Silent Film Actress
Tess of the Storm Country - 1914

At least that works for me.

Hope you have a safe, happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Black & White and a Pop of Color

Running Late
Batik - India ink on rice paper / 9X12

Yesterday, it rained for the first time since June.
This morning, the color of the sky is gray like the color of this batik,
so it seemed like a good time to post it.

When you batik,
the final ironing off of the wax
can reveal surprises
like weak values (tones), paint seepage,
and even the dreaded, "What was I thinking?" senerio.

With this one, the image seemed a little wonky.

Happily, doing a batik with India ink
 is not that much different
than doing one with watercolor paint
because you can still tweak it.

 As long as you remove most of the wax,
 you can go back into the rice paper & make corrections with ink on a brush.
It's good to keep the brush "dry," though,
so you can control the spread of the ink.

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And, last week, I decided to try putting alcohol ink on rocks.

Since the rocks were a little porous, they were primed with
a coat of white acrylic paint.

When dry, the alcohol inks were splashed on them
 and moved around a little with blending solution / rubbing alcohol (I used both).

Alcohol inks on rocks

What to do with these rocks, I don't know...
I think I like the look of doodling on rocks a little more,
but these were nice and relaxing to do.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pencil Dust

This elephant was drawn in pencil, lightly washed in watercolor,
 and then shaded with powdered graphite on a Q-tip.

 Finally, he was outlined with a charcoal pencil.

For the second drawing,
I sprinkled some powdered graphite
onto watercolor paper, tipped the paper at a slight angle,
 and then lightly sprayed it with rubbing alcohol.

Water would probably produce the same effect,
but I already had a spray bottle filled with alcohol.

It created a loose pattern something like this.

This is not the pattern used for the drawing below. I forgot to take a pic of that one.

Then I backed away from it for a look -
kind of like searching for pictures in clouds.
It looked like a bird coming in for a landing.

 I tried to get a good balance between looseness and tightness in the drawing, 
but lost my way
when I started fighting with those feathers.

We'll let this one go and move on.

Cobie and I are going to go outside
and splash some alcohol ink on rocks
to see what happens.

Hope to see you in a few days.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Is It Fall Yet?

Silent film actress Maude Fealy

It's a little early, but Inktober is looking interesting this year.
It is an international challenge
 to do one ink drawing a day for 31 days from October 1-31.

To get ready for the challenge, 
I've been collecting vintage photographs of silent film actresses.
Their faces are a little imperfect, a little less generic - just interesting.

They're also fun because some of these actresses were quite the "drama queens"
in their poses.

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And thanks to our old dog, who now refuses to sit outside alone,
I've been spending more time in the backyard.

Thought I'd doodle on some rocks out there.
It was pretty relaxing.

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It's hard to believe another week is almost gone.
Hope you have a safe, happy weekend!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Still Waters

Still Waters / Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6X6 / 15.2X15.2cm

The reference photo for this painting
was taken on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California in 2011
during a palette knife workshop taught by artist Leslie Saeta.

If you're interested in learning more about the workshop, 
click the link under "Pages" on the right side of the blog.

It still remains my favorite workshop - great teacher, 
lots of individual attention,
and scenery like this:

For those of you who are artists, 
Leslie hosts a weekly radio show on Blog Talk Radio 

It's fun to listen to while you create!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

By the Sea

By the Sea
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
8X10 / 20.3X25.4cm

It's been quite a while since the palette knives have been used,
so I thought I would start with something simple.

A sea theme appealed to me because Tim and I
spent Sunday on the coast.
We live about 50 miles (80 km) from the seaside town of Florence.

As usual, there was a little coastal fog in the morning.

We had breakfast in the fishing village of Newport, 
and then took a quick walk around town.

Artist Wyland has painted 100 international marine murals,
and one of them is on a building on Bay Street (below) in Newport.
It is 100 feet long X 35 feet high,

Wayland Foundation photo

and it's a show stopper.

By early afternoon, the fog had burned off,
so we headed over to Heceta Head Lighthouse
for a long walk on the beach.

Someone made a rock stack (cairn).
In the past, they have been used to mark trails.

Conservationists are not happy
because moving the rocks to create the stacks
is thought to disrupt the ecosystem.

Rock stacks are natural graffiti to some,
but I think they are beautiful.