Blue ink with Cocoiro pen and waterbrush (lightly) on Okima OE NOTES sketchbook.
Learning to be faster and less structured, less pencil, more ink.
Then I played with her in watercolors: Daniel Smith and Golden’s QoR.
I enjoyed hitting a new palette today, bright pinks and maroon.
Gemstone, transparent and opaque watercolors: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise,
Hematite, Quinacridones, Cobalt Blues, Sap Greens, and of course,
Lapis Lazuli and Caput Mortem and Indanthrone for the sky.
I am not used to working with opaque paints — I like transparent paints best.
At one point she was too dark and murky,
and I tried removing paint by adding water.
Then I played with painting with water over dried colors in several.
It’s all an experiment, and speaking of Zen,
having child’s mind is best in all things creative:
inquisitive, play-full, a grand game where nobody wins and it goes on and on.
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“Clear mind centuries apart”. Lovely! I thought of you last night as I paused in closing my blinds to revel in moonglow.
Don’t you find it funny how we make friends on the internet? I am still a bit amazed at the people I think about and write to and sometimes even meet now after having and electronic connection.
Yes, I do! I’m not sure whether it is optimal – it’s probably easier to give our online buddies the personalities we’d like them to have rather than hassle with relationships face-to-face. But it works for me at this time in my life. Introvert, jaw therapy that precludes talking, and recovering from a 10-year-long, recently broken “best” friendship with a woman I thought I knew… I still have people I connect with face-to-face, but the joy I get in my soul from sites like yours and interaction with people like you is boundless and much appreciated!
I am SO sorry. I had one of those, and it broke my heart. I am glad you have us out here in cyberland!
This is beautiful…I need to practice being looser with my drawings. I start out trying and then find myself being very detailed again.
Thanks Janet — Sometimes it helps to do a timer on drawings to loosen up, gesture drawings, fast “catch the essence” drawings. I like this one too.
There’s something about the sketch without color that I really like. Maybe because it all feels like water at that point. Hmmmm.
My brother likes the line sketches best. In some ways I do too. But I have this itch to work in color that propels me!
beautiful – I too need to try and be a bit looser. I’m going to take a stab at a sketchbook this next week and see what comes of it – need to draw more and you are fine inspiration 🙂
Beautiful work with a wonderful flow. Valerie
Thank you Valerie!
Very beautiful. I like how the colors brought the piece all together. Wonderful
Thank you Nicole!