I finished painted the raised yellow and white tiles I saw in Porto, but I find that I need to work on my grime technique. Because the tiles are raised and have various nooks and crannies and are outside, they get dirty in the crevices. It’s darker than the shadows but not quite like I painted. Who would have thought painting dirt and grime would be a technique to master?!
Inktober is an annual challenge to draw daily with ink for a month. Other media are allowed but there does have to be ink somewhere. You can use prompts that they come up with or follow your own sources of inspiration. This year I’m trying to use their prompts but to also keep within a botanical related theme. So far I’ve done Lilies of the Valley for ‘Poisonous,’ a forsythia leaf because I couldn’t think of something related to ‘Tranquil,’ Brussel sprouts for ‘Roasted,” Water Hemlock for ‘Spell,’ Quince for ‘Gift,’ and Hens and Chicks for “Chicken.’ It’s kind of fun to try to think of something to connect with a particular word.
This was an amazingly detailed and carved wooden door that I came across on the main shopping street, Calle Obispo, in Habana Vieja, Cuba. Part of the attraction aside from the ornateness, was how tall and incredibly narrow it was. No grand pianos or sofas are going through that!
It's hard not to be impressed at the number of wires around this entryway. And it's hard to believe it all works. What I am curious about is what happens when something needs to be fixed. This is from Habana Vieja, Cuba.
The woman here had her eyes closed and had her face turned up to the sun. There was lovely light and interesting angles inside this castle or fort. The stone work was fabulous!
I challenged myself to draw a picture of my rapidly growing puppy. This is just pen and ink. It took me about three or four hours to do. I love the quizzical expression Aussies have when they tilt their heads like this.
More practice for my online course on Nature Journaling. The idea here was to work with lines to show volume and form in a two dimensional medium.
This is another exercise from the online course, "Beginning a Nature Journal." The purpose here was to practice hatching and crosshatching to create three dimensional forms and to give a sense of volume. What I learned from this is avocados are a challenge to draw and have look right with just a fountain pen.
I signed up for an online course called, "Beginning a Nature Journal," taught by Jan Blencowe. This spread is for the first assignment to gather some things to draw from the garden or outside and do contour line drawings of them, add some text and create a frame around the drawing. I added some watercolor and a bit of stippling to add some detail, but both of those were outside the scope of the assignment.