Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober #30 & 31

#inktober2018 - #30&31 / 6X6 each
with Sharpie pen and India ink wash

Inktober was a great challenge that emphasized
discipline and consistency,
but what I enjoyed most about it 
were the encouraging comments 
from my blogging buddies.
Thank you!

We're off to the airport now to pick up my big brother. 
He will be staying with us for about 10 days,
so I'll be away from the blog.

Hope to see you soon.

Brother & me.

Happy Halloween!

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"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days."
John Burroughs

Good bye, October.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Inktober #26, 27, 28 &29

These were done with just a few lines
and light ink washes.

#Inktober 26

#Inktober 27

#Inktober 28

#Inktober 29

The Inktober challenge is winding down
just as we're getting ready to welcome an out of town visitor.
Perfect timing!

Two more to go.

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Beloved October!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Inktober #23, 24, 25

Inktober #23

Inktober #24 

Inktober #25

These drawings were done with a white gelly pen
on some leftover scraps of Yupo.

I've got more Yupo laying around with pastel colored backgrounds.
My husband said, "Shake it up,"
 so I'll do a few drawings with
ink in a dip pen or ink on a stick
in this final week of the challenge.

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And here are a few more photos from last weekend's
Philomath Open Studios tour.
These photos were taken at the studio of
potter Jeff Gunn.

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The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves."
Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains - 1936

Monday, October 22, 2018

Inktober #20, 21 &22

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Philomath Open Studios Art Tour

This is artist Jennifer Lommers
 She is standing in front of her "NeverEnding Story" series
of over 120 individual 6"X6" paintings.

I took the photo just as the studio opened.
By the time I left,
customers were buying these by the armfulls.

This is the studio of pastel artist 

An in-progress pastel painting by Marianne Post

We also visited places like this:

"Scaredy Cats" garden pottery by artist Ann Lahr:

Cigar box art by Faye Cummins:

The artists on the tour were really nice,
 but most did not want photographs taken.

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"I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October."
Charmaine Forde

Friday, October 19, 2018

Inktober #17, 18, &19

Waterproof marker with India ink on Yupo

Waterproof marker with India ink on Yupo

No time to do this one over :{

Thought I'd take advantage of the large amount of Yupo (synthetic paper) in the studio.

After sketching on the paper with black waterproof marker,
the colored inks were applied with a thin brush
and then spritzed with water.

These take forever to dry since Yupo has a non-porous, plastic-like surface.
I lost patience and pulled out the hair dryer,
but really messed up the last sketch by putting the dryer too close to the paper
 and blowing ink all over the place.
On a positive note, you can easily mop up the ink with a paper towel.

I think I'll try the colored inks with some landscape sketches during the challenge.
I will definitely try to do some finished paintings with them next month.

Dr. PH Martin's Bombay India Inks

Tim and I are going to head over to Philomath this weekend
for the 2018 Open Studio Art Tour and Sale.
 I'll take the camera and keep fingers crossed that we'll be allowed to take some photos.

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"Bittersweet October -
the mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of
summer and winter."
Carol Bishop Hipps

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inktober #13, 14, 15 & 16

#Inktober - #13, 14, 15, 16

It was a crazy weekend,
 so I decided to do even smaller drawings
 to keep up with the challenge.

These stiffer hatched sketches have been fun,
but it's time to move on to something different 
for the second half of the month.

I'm craving a little color.

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Oh, October!

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.