Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Baby Dragon Hatchling

Can't believe it's been over a month since I last did anything and shared on my blog.  I'm just going through one of my low tides, it seems.  Hopefully that lack of motivation will turn around soon.

Anyways.......a few days ago I received a baby dragon shelf ornament and I actually felt that "itch" to sketch it.  Days passed and this morning finally got around to it.

I was on hold with our utility department to ask a few questions with 11 people ahead of me.  I knew it was going to be awhile as I tried a few days earlier and gave up after close to 30 minutes.  It took 40 minutes this call before I was able to actually talk to someone and during that waiting time, I decided to sketch and paint this little fellow.

Strathmore Visual Watercolor Sketchbook
Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
W&N Watercolors



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blue Heron on the Dead River

Today I decided to bring out my Noodler's Creaper flex pen and work this sketch of a Blue Heron along the Dead River.

Working with this flex pen was a reminder it's one of my least favorite pens.  I've really tried to like it but it has a wetter feed than what I really like to work with (and that's without trying to flex the nib).  Using the same ink I normally use (Lexington Grey), it didn't dry very quickly on the paper and I would end up picking up ink on the side of my hand and transferring it back onto the paper as I sketched.  That for me is a frustrating aspect of some fountain pens, nibs, and ink.

Even with that bit of frustration, I still managed to finish this watercolor sketch.  Worked in the Strathmore Visual Watercolor journal.

NOTE:  Same paper I use the same ink with other pens and don't always have this problem with slow drying ink.


Monday, July 18, 2016

My Mother After Last Year's Long Recovery

Last year on Easter Day, my mother ended up in the hospital for months.  I was there the first three weeks just waiting for first signs of life and then for her to be strong enough to sit up and be moved to a step up recovery facility.

She couldn't eat for many weeks and relied on tubes to feed her.  She had to go through physical therapy just to swallow first liquids on her own and then food.  Otherwise it went straight to her lungs.  She also had to go through physical therapy to walk again (with help).  Mom had absolutely no energy to lift an arm let alone do anything else for many weeks.  She suffered Sepsis, Kidney failure, Respiratory failure, and Congestive Heart failure.

Mom was in the hospital or care facility until June 30th.  My brother had taken a photo of her after all those weeks when a hair dresser went to the care facility and fixed her hair.  The photo Gary took is priceless to me as it represents the battle she went through and won and returning to normal ..... smiles and all.

Yesterday I tried my hand at capturing her in graphite.  Bristol 6x6 paper, 2B, 4B, and 8B pencils, rubber eraser for lifting, and tortillion for blending.



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