This is one of my spreads from my taco themed sketchbook for the 2018 Project Sketchbook submission. With a theme of tacos, I decided I would record taco meals at various places. I went to taco trucks, restaurants and taquerias. Over the project I ate tacos in Massachusetts and Washington and in Cuba. Adventures that can be had for the sake of a meal and drawings.
This is salmonberry from my garden. It’s a plant that looks like a yellow or orangey raspberry but doesn’t taste like it. It grows happily in the Pacific Northwest.
The original is 7”x7” and it’s done with ink and watercolor.
Trader Joe's Belgian Dark Chocolate Baar Wrapper
Some people collect wine labels, but I collect chocolate bar wrappers! I've noticed that over the years, wrappers and packaging for chocolate bars are getting more and more interesting and beautiful. With more smaller, specialty chocolatiers making chocolates, there are even more lovely wrappers out there to admire and collect. I then like to draw them in my sketchbook and have them all in one place. For this chocolate bar from Trader Joe's, I used my Platinum carbon pen and ink, a green Micron Pigma 03 pen, and a Faber Castell Artist Pitt pen in addition to watercolor. It is in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook.
1st Taco Meal for the Sketchbook Project 2018
Here is my grilled fish taco dinner recorded for my taco themed Sketchbook Project sketchbook. Delicious food with good friends. It was a win-win meal!
A bit of playing with my food. I went to an Indian food market a couple of days ago and had a fabulous time just looking at the fresh fruits and vegetables. I loved the bin of bitter melon and bought one to draw. I might eat it if I can figure out what to do with it! Know any recipes?
Una Bolsa de las Piñas - A Bag of Pineapples
A pineapple is good and a bag of pineapples is better, especially if there is fresh juice being made with them. The only problem is the needing to carry them up four or five flights of stairs daily. This is part of daily life in Havana, Cuba.
Watercolor, ink, 5.375" x 8.5" (13.7 cm x 21.5 cm).
Fruta Bomba as it is called in Havana
Habaneros call papaya, fruta bomba. But if you call it papaya you will be understood. It's just it also has a crasser meaning in Havana. Fruta bomba is very common and available. It was at every breakfast I had in Cuba. Any time there was any fruit, it was always there. This was how the people at the kitchen at one of the casas I stayed at cut up the fruit. It never arrived at the table like this, but it was too good of a picture not to take.
Ink and watercolor, 5.375" x 8.5" (13.7 cm x 21.5 cm).
Macro View of a Pomegranate
This is a mixed media piece with watercolor and colored pencil. Lots of colored pencil. I had taken a workshop or two with Eileen Sorg, a master of super realistic drawing with colored pencil, and this is what I tried on my own of a pomegranate.
Whole Spices in My Cupboard
What's in your refrigerator?
Cranberry Almond Chocolate Wrapper
This was a baby pineapple I saw on an organic farm in Viñales, Cuba. I don't know if the pineapple stayed that reddish-pink as it matures, but it really was that vivid of a color at this stage.
Ink and watercolor, 5.5" x 8.5" (14 cm x 21.6 cm).
Print on watercolor paper, (8" x 10"/20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) - $35