Buddha Blues

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These sketches came from a necessity to keep to my goal of a painting a day.  They were busy days, and my ulterior motive was to continue to learn about both runny or non-waterproof inks and also wet-on-wet techniques.  Wet-on-wet means I have to work fast.  The background of blue, above, a lapis-cobalt-turquoise mix, was not dry when i began my fast impression (from memory) of a famous Buddha.  I need to pick my pen up faster — the little blobs are from slow habits — but I like the overall effect.

Then, confident, I tried again below and CLOWN BUDDHA was born.
She’s a little scary.  A little too much mascara?  Deranged mommy dearest?
Not a fan of clowns and here Buddha became one….

Both were completed in under ten minutes.

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Pentalic Aqua Journal, my Amazing Jinhao with Diamine blue ink,
and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Parvati

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Our old (as in years) statue of Parvati.

She is Shiva’s consort or wife, and daughter of Himavan and Mena.
I know her best as the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya.
She is the goddess of love and devotion, as well as fertility, part of the trinity of Hindu goddesses, along with Lakshmi (prosperity) and Sarasvati (knowledge).
Our Parvati appears to have her left hand in the Abhaya mudra (fear not, in both Hindu and Buddhist iconography) and her right hand is dispensing boons in the Varada mudra.

Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Preppie Pen, De Atramentis Document brown ink,
and Luma, Sennelier, Holbein, QoR and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Thursday Doors, USk: Grimm and Impact on 26th

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26th Avenue, two doors within throwing distance of our studio.

Above, on the historic American Canning Company, which then became
the Multnomah County Medical Examiners offices
(and then, how apropos) became the door to Grimm’s studio costuming annex.
(Sitting across from Costuming and an experiment with tobacco ink gone a bit wrong…
I tried to save the sketch…. getting used to non-waterproof inks!)
Across the street was once the local ballpark, not ESCO corporation.

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From a walk in spring; now the trees block out the building.

Below, the cheery bright green metal door to
Impact Jiu Jitzu workout room in an old warehouse.

Both of these buildings will be bulldozed if City Planners get their way.

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W16 7 21 USK 26TH TWO DOORS GRIMM 02 sqPentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen,
Noodler’s pen with De Atramentis Document Tobacco Ink,
and Sennelier, Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Mimi’s Coin Purse

W16 7 20 PENTALIC MIMI COIN PURSE 03I have these odd things of my grandmothers.
Her dime bank, and this, her coin purse.
She was a simple woman and the simple items
I have from her are precious memories.

world-watercolor-month-square-badge-31-paintings1Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen,
and Sennelier, Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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USk: PSU Saturday Market and Oregon Berry Festival

W16 7 21 USK PSU BERRY FESTIVAL 01Memory of a lovely day with Mitchell.  Started with the Pen Show,
then on to the more normal Saturday activity for us:
Going to the Portland Saturday Market for peaches and squash and other yummy things. We also happened upon the Oregon Berry Festival, where there were few berries (?).
We tried a simple s’more from Nineteen27 S’mores.
Sugar rush, excellent, messy, good…  this is James Kelly making our yummy s’more.

Colors added in studio.

Fabriano A4 Watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon pen, Lamy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
and Greenleaf & Blueberry, Sennelier, Holbein, QoR and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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First Pen Show

W16 7 18 PENTALIC PEN SHOW 03W16 7 18 PENTALIC PEN SHOW 04No longer a Pen Show Virgin.  I’ve been to our little Portland Pen Show.
It was fun being in that geeky collecting environment.  Dealers were friendlier than I thought they would be, and it was so cool to be able to hold pens I want.  Mitchell bought me this lovely Jinhao that was completely reworked by a Canadian dealer so as to
make it a wonderful writing instrument.  Cobalt violet, amazingly beautiful.

Tried it out last night.  He inked it with a Diamine purple ink of some sort, and so,
grapes came to mind.  Watercolor painted in the “dark” late at night, a bit overworked.

W16 7 18 PENTALIC PEN SHOW 02Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen, Lamy Al-Star,
Platinum Preppie Pen, Noodler’s, De Atramentis Document, and Super5,
and Greenleaf & Blueberry, Sennelier, Holbein, QoR and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Tools: Watercolors, 7, Black, White, Grey and Sparkly Colors!!

Each Sunday this summer I am looking at my paint “collection”:
Tools: Watercolors, 1, Yellow-Orange;
Tools: Watercolors, 2, Red-Pink
Tools: Watercolors, 3, Greens to Yellows
Tool: Watercolors, 4, Blues to Greens
Tools: Watercolors, 5, Violet and Purple

Tools: Watercolors, 6, Browns and Golds

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White in included in this post.
How do you paint with white except as an absence or gouache?
I decided to try my new De Atramentis Document white ink
on a page primed with De Atramentis Document blue ink.
A total experiment, first time.
I tried to draw but DeA Doc white ink clogged the JinHao pen within two days,
but then , it is a Jinhao and they seem to clog easily.  (Hate. Them.)
So I brushed it on, and this is going in for my entry today on World Watercolor Day!
Reminds me of old time blueprints….  I will play more with this!

In white “watercolors” I have M. Graham white gouache, and like it just fine….

Nuff said about white.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WEB LINENOTE: All paints Daniel Smith (DS) unless it says
otherwise — including the Primatek colors.

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   First, let’s talk colors that look the same,
have the same pigment structure,

or are called by the same name out of the way:

Yarka (by Nevskaya Palitra) Paynes Grey is very blue against QoR Paynes Grey, Copper Phthalocyanine, Amorphous Carbon, Quinacridone, PB15:3 / PBk7 / PV19.
I don’t have the pigment configuration for Yarka because it was not on the wrapper.

Then by chance, because of coming in sets, I have Sennelier’s 755 Ivory Black PBk9.
Both were in pans when I wet them, one is a pan watercolor (left.)
The tube dropped into my pan wets better and comes across darker than the pan version.

To see references on BLACK/WHITE/GREY from handprint, click through.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WEB LINEThe Keepers:

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 5.51.32 PMIn the Black/Grey palette:
QoR Ardoise Gray,
Hydrated Aluminum Silicate, PBk19,
is a keeper.  I use it a lot in buildings and mixes.
Tracey Fletcher King has gone all
a-twitter about Paynes Grey,
one of her favorite colors —
shadows, etc. — and I like
QoR Paynes Grey,
shown right from their site,
best because it is not so very blue —
so many of them are greyed indigos —
with Copper Phthalocyanine /
Amorphous Carbon / Quinacridone,
PB15:3 / PBk7 / PV19.
I might try DS next time just
to see if theirs is better.

Oh, I am nuts for grey.
Charcoal, graphite, you name it.

W16 6 PRIMATEKS 04 copyI am keeping all of these for their various obvious characteristics
— some creamy and smooth, some gritty:
Graphite Gray, PBk10; Greenleaf & Blueberry Magnatite;
Greenleaf & Blueberry Shungite. 
If only I could get
Greenleaf & Blueberry to sell their colors in tubes.
I hate the way they load their pans to the tippy-top,
and they slosh over the sides into the pans as you wet them.
I can’t get enough of Primatek Hematite, left.
I use it all the time and am in love with its gritty reddish-grey.
Finally, even though I never use it, I will keep
Sennelier Ivory Black 755, PBk9, which came in a set,
and M.Graham Titanium White Gouache, PW6,
which I am enjoying.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WEB LINEThe Rarely or Never Agains:

  Yarka Paynes Grey, because, very blue; Sennelier Ivory Black 755 PAN, meh.

Iridescent is not my thing.  They come off too sparkly in a painting.
Especially QoR Iridescent Silver (Fine), PBk7 (Qor makes the best metallics) and Iridescent Gold, Mica & Iron Oxides, PW20.  I need them for the rare time I use them, and will buy QoR only from now on.  However, Primatek Kyanite and Primatek Fuchsite I bought not knowing they had an iridescent shimmer, and I have used them for cars occasionally.  Still, they have that sparkle quality I always end up regretting.

Below Teoh Yi Chie of  Parkablogs reviewing water-soluble Graphites from YouTube.

Pentalic Field Journal, Platinum Carbon pen, and Greenleaf & Blueberry,
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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