Inktober 18, Turning Point Birthday


Mitchell always celebrates our happenings and events —
As do I, never forgetting, finding ways even if money is tight!
Cards from the cats (how do they get out to shop?),
silly things that make each feel known to the other.
Homemade breakfasts, edible goodies, surprises on my computer board.


This year he celebrated mine by gifting me with a pen I’ve wanted for a couple of years,
and just won’t spend the dollars on… It is a thing of beauty!
Fire engine red like a shiny Christmas ball,
and engineered in a way that makes my architect’s heart sing.
I have some lovely red ink samples coming from Vanness to find the best red for it —
Diamine and Robert Oster and KWZ and Akkerman!

This birthday was a turning point for me.
You know how they talk about the big 5-0 or the big 6-0?
This is the birthday where I actually felt the shift in my time on the planet.
My mom can’t remember anything and so of course,
I didn’t hear from her on my birthday.
But also, the family members who might remember my actual birth are
either dead or incommunicado… Not quite the last one standing but close.

So this birthday I let go into a different period of my life,
and let go of expectations of connectedness with family.

It was nice to hear from my niece and friends.


I am now journaling around my images, but as I have extended family
still living I am not sharing the journal entries.

Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.
Super5 Frankfurt ink in Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.

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Inktober 17, Slowstitch

I am thrilled with the movement of slowstitch —
A movement which celebrates hand-stitching and mending.
I’ve never liked sewing machines and love hand-stitching…
why I do this for others in our business!

I always wondered about the difference between quilting by hand —
which was the way it was done originally, obviously —
and the way people do it today, both in connecting the pieces of fabric
and in the overstitching or quilting.
I get why they want the ease, but for me the point would be to do it slowly.

I’ve found my peeps, and now have models for doing this very slow stitchery,
and have gained tips and a comradely in a community stitching very very slowly!
I also found many wonderful sellers of dyed fabrics using plant materials.
Many sell bits of fabric and lace and old tablecloths and yarns to add to a collection of fabrics to make into small quilts or to use in mending.
I bought my first one this last week.


This was the first package I bought, from a wonderful woman in Germany.
Her package was as beautiful as the many bits which were hand dyed!


I love the color goldenrod creates… a warm green-yellow!
Exactly the color of Platinum Citrus Black, which I diluted and used as paint!

The lovely package was created by Heike Gerbig.

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Inktober 16, Carousel Horses are Coming!


I love to paint with ink samples, and Inktober is a good time to experiment.
Even inks I don’t want to buy can make fun painting inks!

And yes, the Jantzen Beach Carousel Horses are coming to our studio soon,
along with rounding boards, shields, and sleighs!

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Inktober 15, Chicken Curry with Great Northern Beans


One of our favorite meals, I make this every week.
it starts as a roast chicken, and then becomes curry burritos
I freeze for lunches or dinners later on.

We buy Smart Chicken, which, even when not organic, is Non-GMO and
Certified Humane.  This latter is a huge breakthrough because it ensures the chickens are killed in a humane way, not just raised in a humane manner.
Sometimes I have the butcher cut the whole chicken into pieces, sometimes I roast it whole at 375-degrees, with LOTS of curry, cumin, pepper and garlic salt.

In a pan I stir fry chopped yellow onions and carrots,
and about 30 minutes before the chicken is cooked, I add 3-4 cans (drained rinsed) of
Great Northern White Beans to the mix, with some chicken stock,
the same spices as the chicken and a dollop of my
home-made Hot Blackened Red Pepper Pesto.  I lift the roasting chicken and
pop the beans under the chicken in all the great curry juices,
or cook it separately with chicken stock and olive oil added for 30 minutes.

Dinner is served in a large flat bowl (think Fiestaware bowls)
with chicken over the beans, one dish… We are fans of one dish meals.

Sometimes we set aside the thighs for a second dinner,
accompanied by a sweet apple-walnut salad.


The rest of the chicken I strip and cut into smaller bites,
and pop into the beans mixture.  I add a small bag of frozen peas.
This is salted lightly and rolled into large wheat tortillas as Curry Burritos.
They freeze wonderfully, and can be either nuked or baked. Yummy!

This makes between 4-5 meals for two!

These recipe sketches are created with
my Da Vinci Monterey Trio, below.

I started with Super5 Frankfurt ink in a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen for my sketch.
Grisaille was done with Super5 Frankfurt ink in a Pentel Aquash waterbrush,
laying in the dark warm grey shadow before adding watercolors.
I often use this technique in my sketches alone, or as underpainting!

Grisaille (/ɡrˈz/ or /ɡrˈzl/; French: gris [ɡʁizaj] ‘grey’) is a term for
painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour…
A grisaille may be executed for its own sake, [or] as underpainting
working in grisaille was often chosen as being quicker and cheaper, although
the effect was sometimes deliberately chosen for aesthetic reasons.
Grisaille paintings resemble the drawings, normally in monochrome, that artists from the Renaissance on were trained to produce.”  
WIKIPEDIA

The Da Vinci watercolors were added beginning with
the palest colors for the beans and curried chicken skin, slowly layering
to the brighter bolder colors from the wheel mixes above, all from these three colors:
Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold, and Sap Green.
The Trio package is a nice way to acquaint yourself with the lovely autumn colors!


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Inktober 14, USk Anna Bannana’s


No, not spelling it wrong.
Anna Bannana’s Cafe in St. John’s
is where Aussie Debi and I went for Turkey Panini and coffee!
I must have a bottle of Robert Oster Thunderstorm ink…
I am addicted to his inks!  Indigo, or the skies when they are heavy!
I am NOT a blue ink person, but I have four bottles of his blue inks!!!

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Inktober, 13 Black Bean Tostadas


I attempted to grind my own architect’s nib from a Lamy Broad nib.
Not too bad, for my first Lamy nib (I’ve practiced on the cheap ones.)
It needs to be a little sharper, and not quite as scratchy… but I will work on that.

Super5 Darmstadt ink (an off-black with a tinge of smoggy brown) in my metal Lamy Joy.
Some inking with the Platinum Carbon pen for one of our favorite meatless dinner nights.
Color is some old liquid watercolor in a waterbrush pen, not sure what!

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Inktober 12, Denny Pat’s Spice Rack


I keep working on various things that came from my mom’s house.
I am amazed this spice rack made it through 60 years intact.
*okay, i notice some glued bits*

I can imagine my brother
as a little kid buying this
for my mom…
*that’s him on the floor
holding the dog*

I wonder who took him shopping — one of my brothers?  They’d have had to
walk up to Wilshire Blvd
to a department store,
unless my grandma took
him shopping in the Valley.

Mitchell said his mom
had one as well,
a little different.

The plywood was coming undone, and Mitchell glued that for me.
Because it is kind of a mess, I decided to give it new life in Monterey colors.
It is now a lovely Spanish Green.
We won’t use it for spices but for bits of this and that,
which is how my mom used it.

The sketch was created with Super5
Australia ink, right, in a Conklin Pen with a
Goulet 1.1 stub nib (hate the Conklin nib.
My Monterey Da Vinci Trio colors work wonderfully with this purply-brown ink!

The colors had to be taken to their palest
or to their densest in some places to
achieve close to the right color!
That pull of lessening pigment is seen bottom.

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