USk: Pelikan Hub 2018

The 2018 Pelikan Hub happened Friday night.  My first time, and wow I will never miss another.  It happened at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne.  Oddly, my sketch while waiting for it to start (after dinner) is in Robert Oster’s Motor Oil ink, a favorite sketch ink.

There was swag, and I was unprepared for the generosity of the samples:
I came home with many Pelikan ink and paper samples,
and swapped inks with a few peeps.
I scored a bottle of a favorite ink, Pelikan Edelstein Olivine.
Next year will bring a couple of inks to share of my own!
I brought some of my pens, and sat and tried other’s pens and offered my own,
especially my Moonman with the architect’s nib.
Mitchell has also become a lover of fountain pens, and had his own
lovely night meeting other crazy pen collectors and trying pens.
He fell in love with a couple of inks, and has a collector sending him a bottle
of discontinued ink as we speak.  How cool is THAT?

I’ve found my peeps, man!  Crazy pen collectors…
Find your closest local Fountain Pen group…
Sign up to go to the Pelikan Hub — it happens around the world,
but signups happen in Spring…

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USk: Broadway Bridge

Traffic has a few good points…

I added watercolor later, and after I bought a couple of new colors.
I swear I am never ever going to be seduced by a Daniel Smith color name again.
“Burgundy Yellow Ochre”??? I am an idiot… It is just plain old Ochre.
They are excellent at selling old colors under new branding and I was filling out
an order and did not go in to check the Munsell stats.  Idiot!
The Permanent Brown is fine, and the right color for the steel bridges in Portland…
I don’t buy many browns other than Primateks…
BUT, it doesn’t move well in my Nostalgie Journal… streaky.  Odd.
We will see if it was an off moment as there are other bridges to be painted.

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VSW: Flamingos

Love me some Flamingos.
Goes very well with that silly meme.

If you want to join a virtual sketchwalk,
all from pictures, come join us!

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USk: Trip to Lacey Washington

Trip across the big wide Columbia to make a presentation in Lacey, Washington.  Labor day the bridge was very slow due to  traffic; this meant I could draw while Mitchell drove.

 Robert Oster’s Motor Oil ink is becoming a go-to sketch ink, especially for cities.  It holds a line while moving with water.  The heavenly brown-green with undertones of orange is such a cool color!
Like a dark mushroom,
or yup, an oil slick.

Next morning I was
up before Mitchell.
Without coffee
sketched the very
boring parking lot.
That little bit of purple
is our Toyota.
Without the new colors
in my Da Vinci travel pans
I would not have
painted the hotel onsite
(tho finished at home):
Davey’s Grey especially,
not my normal color,
but finding it an
interesting mixing color.

  Six new colors…
I almost didn’t buy the Da Vinci Mauve because I hated the mauve of the 80’s… but this is their purple… and it is purple, not that insipid grey-pinky-purple that is a result of mixing a lot of wrong colors!  It will not be my favorite purple though.  I’ll stick with Daniel Smith’s Imperial Purple, and I love the new Holbein’s Permanent Violet.

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Our Smokey Summer

I’ve been sketching/journaling,
just no time to format and post.

This was a miserable summer but of course,
hard to complain because others were losing their homes, businesses and environment, we just had smoke.

Grisaille above, with watercolor topped below…

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Chinese Lion Guards

We get such interesting projects in the studio.
These pocket-sized Chinese Lion Guards were beautiful after treatment.

I drew her in De Atramentis Document Brown ink.

After grisaille work in Lexington Grey ink, I began layering watercolors.

Posting images taken with flash and not (top), as the colors played out quite differently.

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I Lost the Centre for Transformative Work Design Competition

*entry not enter (end of video)…
no way was i doing this a third time with yaman driving me crazy!*

I don’t enter many competitions, but the Sketching Work competition
for the Centre for Transformative Work Design out of Perth AU was easy for me
as I sketch our lives and work quite a lot, and was thrilled
to create a pen + ink + watercolor folded journal.

I kind of didn’t want to send it; the images were sweet.
I have never had an entry returned, but thankfully, when I lost,
they did the honorable thing and returned it!

The winning entries are lovely!

The point of the competition was to tell the story of a workplace,
what it did and what made it a joyful place to work… Instead of assuming I knew,
I took Mitchell seriously as a subject and interviewed him.

The interview was sent separately, and is below:

Mitchell and I work together in our conservation firm,
MPF Conservation. 
Mitchell bought his brother-in-law’s upholstery shop at 23. Fascinated with traditional forms (unlike his brother-in-law), he hired skilled journeymen to amend his training. Several men trained helped him to become the conservator of museum antiquities he is today. 
It was really fun interviewing Mitchell; some of the
answers surprised me!

“I love uncovering ingenious historical fiber filled structural forms (sofas + chairs). I enjoy taking soft materials (hair, cotton, coir) and turning them into structural elements with proper flex, comfort, and decorative beauty. A bit like making a cake!”

“I love that each project is completely different; unusual objects walk in the door all the time! I work on a mid-century modern piece one month and a 200-year-old piece the next, tassels and fringe one week and a leather bellow the next.”

“Sometimes I wish I occasionally worked with other talented upholsterers for the camaraderie and swapping skills. It can be lonely working every day by oneself. Having the shop cats, good friends, keeps my heart happy. It is a perk of owning the business. They can’t always be in the studio — they are banned when we have  museum projects, or if a client is allergic or if the show-cover is silk, though they have their nails trimmed weekly.”

* An aside, we are often in different rooms, and they are well-trained. *

“While projects last from 3-8 weeks, in each phase I’m doing something different. Woodworking, tailoring, hand-stitching, upholstering, and traditional finishes. The job is physically demanding, standing long hours, pulling heavy threads, hand-stitching, moving furniture, so as I get older, it can be taxing, but it also keeps me in shape!”

“Throwaway furniture has changed the demand for our skills, which means we must be competitive to obtain projects. “Average” folks don’t know that today’s “expensive” furniture is still shortly destined for the landfill. They don’t realize a lovely restored old sofa is less expensive than many they will buy & toss
out within 2 decades! Our throwaway society has also made it difficult to obtain proper supplies in the USA; items are bought from France, Germany & England.”

“My most memorable project was conserving the Flemish Sofa that resides in the Hearst Castle Library. The most challenging was the first time I conserved an original mid-century Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen ca. 1960… An engineering feat!”

(Flemish Sofa and Egg Chair!  Guess I better sketch them soon!)

I am sending you to my page of the competition but warning you that unfortunately
the scanning process for my competition entry was incorrect.
If you look at other’s work know that this may be so for them as well!

Platinum Carbon pen and ink told the line story.
Watercolor washes added the color.
I tested everything on a side throwaway sheet as I had limited time,
sketching Mitchell from life then inking then adding color.
frankly the most nerve-wracking was adding words to it,
because I am dyslexic and gads it would ruin the journal!

I love my entry; I  wish I’d won.  Our journal now lives on in our reception space!

BTW, I am available for hire to create memories! 
Do you have an event or keepsake or place to sketch?

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