Rona2: VSW Sydney AU


Debi Taylor is taking us on a VIRTUAL walk through Sydney.

This is what they call a “bin chicken” but it is really a white Ibis;
we did a challenge of about 10 minutes and I did 12 NIC dry time.

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Seven

I think it is working…
or maybe it is that I am just moving my pen,
making marks, and that lifts depression?
But bold and bright is here to stay!

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Six


Oriental poppies coming in these watery
flavors are just delicious…


I found an image of a field of poppies
and picked out two to draw…

finding them in the field was a meditation…

You can see I used them in an earlier sketch too;
I think I liked them better there…

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Five


Morgan Harper Nichols
lovely quote was a needed reminder
!


“i am worthy of the time it takes
to do the things that heal my heart.”

She is on IG @morganharpernichols….

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Stunning Days


After months of,covid and blm protests and bad reporting…
then 10 days of fear of fires and all that that entailed…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.


I have nothing new to say.
It’s all been said on social media and by the pundits and the press…
I didn’t draw her because I wanted to try and get a good image, but because her passing,
and she was a beloved hero of mine, had to be marked in my journal.

I am ready for what’s coming.


I am sorry I didn’t do her justice. 

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Heart of Gold

I am not a gold gurl (silver is my jam),
not even a glitter gurl (well, sometimes…)…

BUT I am loving Robert Oster’s line of shimmery golden inks.
This review is for Robert Oster Shake N Shimmy Heart of Gold!
(Shown above with and without flash so you can see the glitteries!)

I own Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Aussie Liquid Gold ink
(which I reviewed earlier),
and also want Shake & Shimmer Grün Gilt ink.

It is all you expect from Robert Oster inks —
well behaved, doesn’t feather, nice flow and even dries in a medium time!
I find that if I store the pens laying flat the inks do not clog the pens:
Occasionally  I take a bit of pliable plastic and floss the nib/feed connection,
or flush that area.  So far my pens accept this ink.

Remember that others review these inks just for writing;
I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting!

There are lovely colors that emanate from this shimmery ink
when it is hit with water (top and below)…
Very different from the Aussie Liquid Gold which stayed in the yellow-gold ranges.
This exposed deep burnt charcoal grey with touches of turquoise and green!

The paper towel test
shows how many colors
lay in this burnished gold…
When the edge is touched with water it moves easily
into the range of fall colors!
The gold floats on top
like gilding!
Looking at watercolor comparisons, below, I offer Daniel Smith’s Monte Amonte Sienna, Burnt Umber, Indian Yellow, Sap Green, and Green Gold; Blick’s Sepia; and Holbein’s Quinacridone Gold.
The pigments fall into in the following Munsell ranges:

PO48, PY150; PO48, PY150; PY108, PG7, PO49; and PG36, PY150, PY3.
*For more info on the munsell system, go to this page.  Knowing the pigments can
help you not to duplicate watercolors made of the same pigments.*

*Above, watercolors, from Daniel Smith and Holbein.*


Above, a fossilized shell painted on Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal
paper using a Pentel Aquash waterbrush;
a dip pen was used to highlight some of the edges of the fossilized shell.


Friends of mine quickly sketched on Hahnemühle Cappuccino Sketchbook
with a Jinhao pen with a stub nib, and Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.
The Cappuccino paper is really not meant for watercolor,
but showed the shimmer ink surprisingly well.

RO is experimenting and testing lightfast properties
but this ink is not listed as such…
MOST water soluble ink companies do not pay attention
to these things
because most artists who use ink
are making prints of their work to sell.

His inks are non-toxic.

I have more Robert Oster inks than any other brand. Why?  Because no other brand has the complex and spectacular mix of pigments within a color, which gives even his simplest inks such beauty to with which to sketch and paint that it is a shame to waste them on writing!

His bottles are not the most beautiful, but I am happy
they are environmentally friendly bottles, created
from recycled chemical waste! This matters to me;
I started with fountain pens to stop the plastic pen trash.
I can get the fattest pen into them to refill on the go.
Yes, they are a bit tippy.  I don’t care.  Robert Oster does not use boxes. As mine all go into the trash, I am happy not to cut down a tree for a box around a bottle!

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Four

doodle flowers
this one was white but that just
bored me so I got to play god/dess

and wrap that pretty shape in
yellow and oranges and cheerful colors!

right now several days are attacking at once
and each day feels overwhelming
and doodling unreal fantasy flowers is my antidote…

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Three


This little pen changed everything.
Vintage Pelikan P20 Twist Fountain Pen (while they are still available)
with its soluble black ink and a nib that slides on the paper (for about $10) is such a joy!
I use the empty cartridge (it cannot take a converter) and can refill them with a syringe.
I used to draw with a Platinum Carbon Pen or a Lamy with waterPROOF ink,
but on the toned paper I tried out my little parrot-colored joyful pen
and the way the ink interacted with the watercolors on top was so interesting…


For these I used the Platinum Carbon Pen for the first layer of doodling,
then went in and selectively placed some of the Pelikan black ink
where I thought it would be interesting to mix with
the bright purple-pink watercolor and fresh green leaves…
you can see it in the grey moving into purple above and below.


Messy-messy just like life right now
and chaotic… a total release!

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Redux


doodle flowers
draw it down
keep moving
don’t think too much…

 

 

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies


Sitting in brown skies is getting to me…
Had to stop drawing fires skies and move to posies…
They lift the spirit to doodle them…

 


Making my own field up,
flowers that won’t grow together
and oh they make me happy.

Meanwhile:

It’s All Going to Pot, by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard

Well, it’s all going to pot
Whether we like it or not
The best I can tell
The world’s gone to hell
And we’re sure gonna miss it a lot

All of the whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee
Is just couldn’t hit the spot
I gotta hundred dollar bill, friend
You can keep your pills
‘Cause it’s all going to pot

That cackle-bobble-head-in-a-box
Must think I’m dumb as a rock
Readin’ daily news
While I’m kickin’ off my shoes
It’s scarin’ me outta my socks

there is more… but this says it all… thanks to willie and waylon

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Rona2: Oregon on Fire


There is not a lot to say…
You’d have to have been in a coma not to know what is going on
as Oregon has made world news for months,
and now it is all about the fires.

The skies are either grey-white or brown-grey…
Everything is seen through a brown fog
and after a long day my throat hurts…

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Rona2: Rochester and Portland


I follow @maranierae (you should too) on Instagram, and her posts on the Rochester
protests compelled me to see the Daniel Prude video for myself.
I wept.
I was sorry I’d watched it before bed…
but if I am horrified and heartbroken to have witnessed this lynching,
my heart pain is nothing compared to the pain his brother must feel
to have called the police to help him with his mentally ill brother and
know he called them to torture and lynch him…
The worst thing was the aftermath, when they lightheartedly talked about
“These things happen…” I’d like to get the quote right but cannot see that video again.


I was alone as Mitchell was asleep.
I roughly sketched this while weeping.
Putting it into my sketchbook helps me to process what
I am witnessing.


I still could not sleep, and so continued drawing and listening to videos
first from @maranierae (her image inspired the sketch above)
then to @pdxgabs and @r3evolutiondaddy and beyond.


Back to an image from @maranierae of Mike Hastings…
I listened to his impassioned speech while adding color…
He’s earned the right to talk to these immature cops who talk about the protests as riots —
Bronze Star for his work as a medic in Vietnam in the army, and now a retired RN, showing up and tried to get through to the humanity of the PPB…

They have none.

We are not a humanity.
I don’t know what we are.

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Rona2: 100 Days of Protest, 2


I also listened to speeches given by various BLM activists.
None call for violence,
and in fact call for passive resistance, staying together,
and what to do when the PPB arrests you in violation of your right
to free speech and freedom to peacefully assemble.


I watched videos by pdxgabs, r3volutiondaddy, and others of the same scenes:
Portland Police and State Police who have been made federal agents
by Kate Brown so that they could arrest Press, Medics
and others who are doing their jobs and used to be protected by that clause,
dragging peaceful but noisy protesters, beating them bloody in a few cases.

It makes me sick, depresses me and is in fact defeating.
If this is what law enforcement in a supposedly liberal town
has come to then we are indeed lost.

We are not a humanity.  I don’t know what we are.

No one can blame this one on Trump.
This is Oregon State and City of Portland…

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Rona2: 100 Days of Protest, 1

My middle of the night sketching setup.

Each night I spend 1-2 hours watching raw and live videos of what is happening in Portland to the protesters.

Yes, TO the protesters.


Fake News and simply poor reporting is partially to blame for people thinking that BLM protesters in Portland have burned down buildings and killed/assaulted people.
ALL major news outlets persisted for months in calling Proud Boys and other
brown shirt (Nazi or Trump supporter groups) protesters.  They are not.

Protesters have agendas and demands, an end goal, though it may be difficult to achieve.  They let people know where they are gathering, openly invite anyone interested,
and pull permits to assemble.  They do not carry weapons (or if they do they are not brandishing them).  They do not threaten those around them — no locals who happen
to be passing by.  They do not bully, or intimidate other than their sheer size in numbers.
They have painted graffiti, and lit trashcans on fire; not punishable by violence.

IF one of them (of the thousands who are protesting) did anything violent it was not part of the plan, and they acted alone.  I say IF, as I am giving them that possibility.

Many independent news people took this image last night.

The news should have separated them (they were told repeatedly by locals)
from the agitators, because we’ve seen them before.
I first saw them in the last election braking windows of shops in the Pearl…
They come to Portland, usually from out of state or from hours away,
and they are here to cause trouble.
They are violent, carry weapons (bully everyone in their wake,
scream obscenities at passerbys who are not part of their troop
(and it is a small militia of sorts).  They are bigots, racists, etc.,
and they are Trump supporters, inspired to do his bidding.

Now, sadly, and it layers a whole new horror for me,
the Portland Police (and their new buddies in crime, the State Police and DHS)
definitely are violent nightly.  They enter a peaceful but noisy protest,
bully and prance around, then declare it a riot.
(If these “law enforcement” officials saw a real riot —
like Watts in the sixties — they might pee in their pants.)
I see no riot but what follows… they ask for them to do conflicting things
(on or off the sidewalk?) and when people ask for clarification they grab them
and throw them to the ground and arrest them.  The protestors are noisy (they scream their names and phone numbers to others around them) but docile as they don’t want to be beaten, but they are often beaten anyway — broken bones and bloody faces

Remember that this is not a Judge Dredd state;
The police are STILL not allowed BY LAW
to judge and dispense punishment.

No one can blame this one on Trump.
This is Oregon State and the City of Portland…

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Using Watercolour vs Sketching Journals

Covid changed my journal use yet again.
Between the pandemic, sequestration, and the Portland protests,
I began to write pages in my sketching journal… because that is what I carry with me,
and I felt like I was writing to save my sanity and life!
I had begun a Grey Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book and
just began using it up, above, instead of saving it for nicer watercolor attempts.
Notes and sketches about ordering delivered groceries, missing people
in our studio neighborhood, feeling alone, taping recipe items, and
of course, my silly cat sketches all went into the more “expensive” journal.

And I loved that!
I loved having it all in one journal!

My second Covid journal I grabbed the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook.
Freedom to write and write and write… BUT, I missed being able to lay
in several layers of watercolor, or lift watercolors.

Now I am standing at a crossroads.
I’ve always been wary of “wasting” watercolor paper on writing…
And watercolor journals are usually $7-10 more than good sketching journals.

But, the best news ever changed my concern over $$$!

Merriartist is now carrying
my favorite Hahnemuhle journals at a substantially lower everyday pricepoint
than other stores! I have been paying close to $30, and
A5 landscape is just under $20 at Merriartist.  Amazeballs!
This makes them affordable enough to be my go-to journal!  Click here for all their watercolor journals! But I digress… because though the price savings makes them affordable, my burning question:

Can I consistently and freely write on watercolor pages?

I DON’T KNOW!  I’m working on it!

Do you have this problem?


I am  finicky about my sketching and watercolor journals.
Everyone has different uses that dictate the choices in journals.

I prefer hardbound so I can sketch anywhere without having to carry a hard surface,
and I want durable… I am hard on books.  Many good sketchbooks are softcover.
And it needs to open flat… pop-up books are annoying.


I like A4 or A5 landscape, so I can sketch and then often write a quote
or Buddhist passage at the edge; some otherwise good sketchbooks only do portrait.


Even a sketchbook I want paper that can take a watercolor wash
(thankfully Nostaglie does that!)  However, I must jump to the Watercolour journal
for multiple washes or scrubbing, or ink washes.
Ink/watercolor combo is shown above in an image of the Pitt Museum in Portland.
No bleed in even the heaviest ink washes!  (Inks bleed more than watercolors.)

P.S.

Marriartist is also carrying my favorite sketching journal at amazing everyday prices,
Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, above, for light watercolors and sketching, and
Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Tin (below) filled with Cold-Pressed
watercolor postcards ready to send.  I use my empty tins for watercolor palettes.

Remember to support small locally owned businesses whenever possible…
especially in this pandemic!
Merriartist makes it easy as their prices often beat the big box stores!

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Linda Fishing


I loved this image of my bestest friend from High School!


She goes fishing (catch and release) on a lake near her home —
Such a joyful image to sketch!
Now I have her image forever in my art journal!

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Rona2: VSW Street in France


From an image from Evalyn Baker of a street in Languedoc, France!
I took great liberties with color!
Never before have I appreciated Virtual Sketching as much as I do now;
late at night after tough days sketching saves me.

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The Sketchpack Project 2020, 22-31

Continuing with the Sketchpack Project on “Emotional Body:
If you’d like to see the first post go here; the second post go here.
the third post, here;  below, my completion.


Saturday when no one intrudes.

 Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Troublemaker Sea Glass ink.


 Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Cosmic Swirl ink, Robert Oster Australian Opal Grey ink.


Sometimes it is a song that gets stuck in my head…

Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Robert Oster Melon Tea ink, 3oysters Gogung ink.


Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Jaune ink, 3oysters Gogung ink
.


It was weeks of boxing at ghosts.
I hate that.
I prefer to confront problems.

Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink, Pitt White pen,
Papier Plume House of the Rising Sun ink, 3oysters Gogung ink
.


 Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Jaune ink, Robert Oster Marrone Mustard ink.


Robert Oster Vine Leaf ink, Monteverde Moonstone ink.


 Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour ink.


We all saw this coming.

 Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink, KWZ Grapefruit ink.


 Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Robert Oster Australian Opal Grey ink.

The exercise of working with pure color first (usually)
and then moving to imagery if so moved,
and sometimes then not for days,
helped me to work through the issues.
No solutions, but then, when things happen
that are out of your control and
for which you had no hand,
there is usually no solution unless
other parties decide to weigh in.

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