"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frozen Peas

Floating bag of peas.  It needs a shadow to anchor it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tom's Machine

Tom's machine done in Tombow pens.  We had some demolition done in December and this colorful machine was parked in our backyard after the workday was done.  I had great fun with the water soluble Tombow brush pens, but I have since learned they are not archival.  Bummer.  They are such fun to draw and mix colors with.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Counter Culture Coffee Bag Wallet

I love my Counter Culture Coffee Bag wallet from Piece Work Wallets & Things!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Strathmore Tone-Paper Sketchbook First Pages

First two pages from a Strathmore Toned-Paper sketchbook.  Sort of fun to start with the mid-tones already there in the color of the paper and then to add darks and lights.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Very Own Wallpaper!

Wallpaper for February.  I want to add a February calendar to this background, but I haven't figured out how to do layers in Photoshop Elements yet.  Meanwhile it makes a cheery wallpaper for my laptop.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Radishes in Cray-Pas Expressionist Pastels

Another shot at a bunch of radishes, this time with Cray-Pas Expressionist pastels.  Kind of fun.  Sort of like coloring with crayons, but with richer, creamier color.  I remember using my friend's Cray-Pas when I was a kid and thinking they were really good crayons!  These are even more fun to use.  You can layer them and scratch the surface color to reveal the color underneath.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Red Onion


Red onion done with Pilot G-2 colored ballpoint pens and touched with a Niji water brush.  I like how the ink runs just enough to add color, but leaves enough line to keep the linear quality of drawing.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Drawing with Ballpoint Pen

Last spring I took a wonderful online class from Kate Johnson called "Ink and Wash Mini Class".  We experimented with all sorts of pens and inks and added watercolor wash and ink wash.  It was great fun, but for some reason I set the ballpoint pens aside and worked mostly with felt tip pens.  Just recently I picked up a ballpoint pen and did this bunch of radishes and it was great fun.  I have a collection of colored ballpoint pens (I admit to being addicted to buying pens, well, art supplies in general, and I accumulated a "few" for the class), some of which are waterproof and some not.  I discovered you can get some nice effects with the less waterproof inks.  Maybe tomorrow I will work with the water soluble pens and see what happens.