VSW Sydney, 3, #notinktober


The Sydney Opera House.

This was a wild toad ride. 

I was going along nicely, enjoying the markmaking in the middle of the night,
when I reached for a waterbrush and had not closed the top tight and a huge blob of water hit the area above.  I grabbed my ink rag (full of red and blue ink unfortunately) and sopped it off, leaving a touch of red but removing the water.  I, and then let it dry.  In the end it recovered nicely, a testimony to Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour book!

Image for reference by Debi Taylor.


As I intend to try my hand a more images of this amazing building, one of my favorites,
so IF you are interested,
I am shamelessly stealing from Wikipedia, whom I support financially:

Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008)[1] was a Danish architect. He was most notable for designing the
Sydney Opera House in Australia, completed in 1973. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime, after Oscar Niemeyer.

In 1957, Utzon unexpectedly won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House. His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects of the time. Although he had won six other architectural competitions previously, the Opera House was his first non-domestic project.
One of the judges, Eero Saarinen, described it as “genius” and
declared he could not endorse any other choice.

The designs Utzon submitted were little more than preliminary drawings.
Dr. Emory Kemp’s consulting career began at Ove Arup, where, he conducted analytical calculations for the roof, noting this was no simple task, as Utzon’s sketches were designed to embellish the beauty of the international landmark, not necessarily for simple mathematics. Concerned that delays would lead to lack of public support, the Cahill government of New South Wales nonetheless gave the go-ahead for work to begin in 1958. The British engineering consultancy Ove Arup and Partners put out tenders without adequate working drawings and construction work began on 2 March 1959. As a result, the podium columns were not strong enough to support the roof and had to be rebuilt. The situation was complicated by Cahill’s death in October 1959.

The extraordinary structure of the shells themselves represented a puzzle for the engineers. This was not resolved until 1961, when Utzon himself finally came up with the solution. He replaced the original elliptical shells with a design based on complex sections of a sphere. Utzon says his design was inspired by the simple act of peeling an orange: the 14 shells of the building, if combined, would form a perfect sphere.[9] Although Utzon had spectacular, innovative plans for the interior of these halls, he was unable to realize this part of his design. In mid-1965, the New South Wales Liberal government of Robert Askin was elected. Askin had been a ‘vocal critic of the project prior to gaining office. His new Minister for Public Works, Davis Hughes, was even less sympathetic. Elizabeth Farrelly, Australian architecture critic has written that: “at an election night dinner party in Mosman, Hughes’s daughter Sue Burgoyne boasted that her father would soon sack Utzon. Hughes had no interest in art, architecture or aesthetics. A fraud, as well as a philistine, he had been exposed before Parliament and dumped as Country Party leader for 19 years of falsely claiming a university degree. The Opera House gave Hughes a second chance. For him, as for Utzon, it was all about control; about the triumph of homegrown mediocrity over foreign genius.”

Utzon soon found himself in conflict with the new Minister. Attempting to rein in the escalating cost of the project, Hughes began questioning Utzon’s capability, his designs, schedules and cost estimates, refusing to pay running costs. In 1966, after a final request from Utzon that plywood manufacturer Ralph Symonds should be one of the suppliers for the roof structure was refused, he resigned from the job, closed his Sydney office and vowed never to return to Australia. When Utzon left, the shells were almost complete, and costs amounted to only $22.9 million. Following major changes to the original plans for the interiors, costs finally rose to $103 million.

The Opera House was finally completed, and opened in 1973 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The architect was not invited to the ceremony, nor was his name even mentioned during any of the speeches.[18] He was, however, to be recognized later when he was asked to design updates to the interior of the opera house. The Utzon Room, overlooking Sydney Harbour, was officially dedicated in October 2004. In a statement at the time Utzon wrote: “The fact that I’m mentioned in such a marvelous way, it gives me the greatest pleasure and satisfaction. I don’t think you can give me more joy as the architect. It supersedes any medal of any kind that I could get and have got.” Furthermore, Frank Gehry, one of the Pritzker Prize judges, commented:
“Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology, and he persevered through extraordinarily malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country.”

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Recovery

No, not the twelve step kind…
Needing to recover after work weeks of complete crazy..

A prompt circulating to day is “disgusting”.
I see Trump in the feeds more than any other item.
But you know, even the tag I am using, NOT-inktober, foretells of contentious times.

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Inky Sky #notinktober


Pure color.

Not easy to do a wash in inks (or watercolor, but I find the latter easier).
I think it is because you are adding a bit of water in the waterbrush,
and the ink doesn’t really want to be diluted with the water.
Plus a waterbrush itself is not a great brush — but a convenience..


As I was painting this I was listening to this I was listening to the end
of the California Grizzly’s life on the planet and thinking about
the consequences of our actions and how stupid modern man is compared
to indigenous people who lived in harmony with them for centuries.


We’ve learned nothing from past mistakes,
which is the very definition of stupid.

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VSW Sydney, 2, #notinktober


I messed the proportions on this one totally
Ah well… The Opera House.

Image for reference by Debi Taylor.

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VSW Sydney, 1, #notinktober


Looking back on the city from the Opera House.
Image for reference by Debi Taylor.

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Rona2: Zebra Beans


It isn’t that I’ve stopped eating beans, it is that I am settling into a comfort zone
with my cooking of beans.  I still write down my experiences with new beans and am finding new beans to try but have to be wait listed for many of them!
I haven’t been able to purchase more White Limas from Rancho Gordo
but tried the Christmas Limas and WOOT, amazing!
They also kept their color after cooking, so we ate zebra stripey beans.

Cooking them simpler is better after all, and then adapting them to recipes as I want.
I am amazed that I often have a bowl of simple beans for breakfast —
these beans are always so yummy with big flavor!

I also am braver with the Mexican Oregano, using a teaspoon now, with 1-2 bay leaves (depending on size), and no longer sauté my onions — by putting the chopped onion in without sautéing them the taste is cleaner and more pungent instead of sweet.
Yes, adding a couple teaspoons of my Sugar Chili pesto (you can chop any medium to hot roasted chili) and for us, as we like hot, about a half teaspoon dried chipotle chili.

Putting this out there for #notinktober…
Monteverde Moonstone ink has some sparkle qualities which did not show.

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True Blue Buddha


One more, because I love this statue so much,
using PenBBS with Robert Oster True Blue ink.

I think my first Buddha, below, is full of the passion I was experiencing that night after watching videos of protesters in our city being pushed around by out-of-control police…
I think that comes through.

These are more technically appealing, maybe.

What do you think?

I call him Buddhaball in all seriousness, because I like that he is a ball,
and that I don’t attach any emotions to him… I leave this open to interpretation.
Others like Weeping Buddha or Humble Buddha.

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Australian Sky Buddha


My sketchbook is about exploring,
and I wasn’t completely happy with my first Buddha.

I tried another using TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue ink.

This is a Buddha-of-the-Sky! 

What do you think?

I call him Buddhaball in all seriousness, because I like that he is a ball,
and that I don’t attach any emotions to him… I leave this open to interpretation.
Others like Weeping Buddha or Humble Buddha.

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Posies #notinkober


Ink drawing with a Platinum Carbon Pen
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.


Then many inks painted…
J.Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink, L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Jaune ink,
Sailor MO Tangerine ink,
L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Vert ink,  Troublemaker Sea Glass ink.

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Full Moon #notinkober


Full Moon….


Two inks….



Robert Oster Thunderstorm ink and a whole lotta water in the center:
Letting ink do what it will.
Robert Oster Green at Night ink to create the trees in front of the moon.

On this strange day we also found out POTUS has Covid.
I’m going to leave it at that but had to put it into my art journal.
All ink, and taken from a picture by Debi Taylor.
Inks on the side…

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Rona2: One More

 
I thank several photographers for posting almost the same iconic image of the police
lined up nightly before they declare a riot and go after protesters.


The TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Birmingham Tarnished Nickel ink,
and a Nemosine (no longer made) with Vinta Mother of Pearl ink..

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Kinktober 2020


This year, I am not doing Inktober, but KINKtober,
which is both because 2020 is a truly crap year,
and that is my initial in front of inktober…
but then I saw the company I would be in and
it is a little outside my wheelhouse!
I like #FPtober (FountainPens-tober)
but Mitchell came up with #inkartober and I like it!
.

I hope to play with a different ink most nights, and push them in new ways…
I’ll tell you what I used and what, if any thing I learned.
This was created with my beautiful Platinum 3776 with a music nib
She is named Guadalupe, and filled with Monteverde Horizon Blue ink.

With all the division and rioting and anger, I want to start with Buddha.
I call him Buddhaball in all seriousness, because I like that he is a ball,
and that I don’t attach any emotions to him… I leave this open to interpretation.
Others like Weeping Buddha or Humble Buddha.

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Rona2: Rallies Portland


I follow @maranierae (you should too) on Instagram,and thank her for the images.

I still work full time in our business and we have a war going on in our city
between right-wingers, law enforcement, and blacks. I’ve not seen anything like it
in my lifetime and it is not being well reported and this has caused me so much distress. But what helps is sketching it… From pics, because at my age with arthritis
I am not going out and hanging out in a protesting war zone but I have a few
reporter friends that let me sketch from pictures and I choose the ones that make me
sad or feeling hopeless and then sketch them in m own ways. It is healing.

The far right showed up for a rally in the heart of a black residential neighborhood,
on a day when a rally about black history in Portland was to take place.
1500 blacks (and supporters) showed up, no weapons, no issues at all… peaceful.

Down the street 300 extremists came armed to the teeth.


The signs at the Proud Boys rally are all about the right to be armed,
about hating liberals lefties, and blacks, and about Jesus and Trump.


This one chilled me.  He is praying, but he is praying fully armored,
dressed in my flag’s colors, which to me symbolize a land where we are all from
different religions and are all different colors and yet share certain inalienable rights
to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness… and I want POC to have all that too
without me being privileged because I am white.

The war is on here, and the warriors appear to be the right-wingers and frankly,
law enforcement, who nightly call riots where I see none (lots of raw footage on IG) and then proceed to push, bully, toss, batter abuse and then arrest both protesters and press, medics, and lawyers.  Not Proud Boys.  They say it is BLM but mostly they protest by burning a trash can in the street *bonfire) ot sometimes tag a building.  They don’t pull weapons on anyone.  I am horrified at this country I’ve called home

I draw because making the marks
helps me process the fears and anguish
at what I am witnessing.

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

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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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