VSW: Hahnemühle Post Cards, 4

More middle-of-the-night playing-with-inks postcards.

In this one the delicate nature of the blossoms went a little awry,
and mostly it was from overdoing the ink layers, then adding watercolors,
and every thing began to moosh around and so I blobbed it.
BIG blobs by accident… and then I needed to do more.

I’m not saying that it looks awful, just not what I wanted.

I rarely redo, but wanted to see if my hunch was right about how I should have handled this, and so went in again with same inks, no watercolors, leaving the field blank (of course I hadn’t blobbed it by accident) and added a touch of waterproof Platinum Carbon…
It is closer to the way I saw it in my mind’s eye.

Randy Boyd’s amazing gardenia, inked….

I love wild mustard fields, great expanses of yellow that crest a hill.
Home home home….

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Hood River Strawberries


Summertime in Oregon is announced when the Hood Rivers are ripe.
They have a burst of the sweetest flavor, and they are gone too quickly!

I missed the official Solstice since it came on the 20th this year —
But Happy Solstice a day later!  Hard to believe!

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Sketchbook Project, FEAR

This year I participated in the Sketchbook Project out of Brooklyn.
The idea of being part of hundreds of artists and writers creating books on the
topic of Fear or Hope at this time in our country’s history was a calling.
I wanted to do Fear AND Hope, but chose fear as I had to choose.
I slipped some items on hope in the journal anyway.

It is MY journal statement, after all and a time of fear without hope is suicidal!

I became stuck partway through.
I kept expressing the fears I have for our country and lives
then did not want to show them publicly.

The redactions became the point of the journal.

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HWB: Boy and Gurl Come to Own Us

My journal  of Boy and Gurl will be told in
the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book,  my spring gift to me!
I wish I’d done this for all my kitties…
but back then it was architectural drawings or big acrylic paintings.
I LOVE watercolor journalling!
And we have a personal little memory book when I’m done!


So tiny… and so long since we had kittens!

They spent their first few days in the bathroom before visiting the vets.
Such amazing cuddlebunnies… cuddled with each other and with us…
In the middle of the night… When you got up to pee…
The joy of feeling tiny claws in your legs.. a way to wake up FAST!

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VSW: Hahnemühle Floral Post Cards, 3


Chives.  Love them in salad.
J.Herbin has two inks in this post, a lovely green and pink.


I forget the name of this daisy-like flower… not a sunflower.


CC’s posies, again, can’t remember the name of them!


Bougainvillea.  Home.

Still working this months Virtual Sketchwalk
(all flowering thangs) on Hahnemühle Post Cards.

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Sammy Meditating


Not these days… He is hearing the crazy cats down the hall in the studio and
watching at the door to see if we bring someone into his space…

He’s dropped weight and tests came back and no indicators,
so we think it is all about grieving and stress.

SOON!  Maybe a week and he gets to meet them!

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VSW: Hahnemühle Floral Post Cards, 2


Last month’s Every Day in May challenge, and my requiring no pencil, has a hold over in that as I am stressed and busy I continue with just a sketch of anything I pull out of the bag of images, grab the ink water-brushes, and have at it.  Wonky is fine, just getting a sketch down every day, keeps my hand in it and relaxes my mind away from the stresses.


Each one is a mini exploration of color and linework.


Some turn out lovely, like this contour drawing of the Marigold.
That is always a nice surprise!  But even the ones that I didn’t like to begin with, I end up seeing in a different light when I post them altogether, like the Bells at the top.


St.John’s Wort, sunny and bright!
Working this months Virtual Sketchwalk
(all flowering thangs) on Hahnemühle Post Cards,

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