Inktober 14, USk Anna Bannana’s


No, not spelling it wrong.
Anna Bannana’s Cafe in St. John’s
is where Aussie Debi and I went for Turkey Panini and coffee!
I must have a bottle of Robert Oster Thunderstorm ink…
I am addicted to his inks!  Indigo, or the skies when they are heavy!
I am NOT a blue ink person, but I have four bottles of his blue inks!!!

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Inktober, 13 Black Bean Tostadas


I attempted to grind my own architect’s nib from a Lamy Broad nib.
Not too bad, for my first Lamy nib (I’ve practiced on the cheap ones.)
It needs to be a little sharper, and not quite as scratchy… but I will work on that.

Super5 Darmstadt ink (an off-black with a tinge of smoggy brown) in my metal Lamy Joy.
Some inking with the Platinum Carbon pen for one of our favorite meatless dinner nights.
Color is some old liquid watercolor in a waterbrush pen, not sure what!

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Inktober 12, Denny Pat’s Spice Rack


I keep working on various things that came from my mom’s house.
I am amazed this spice rack made it through 60 years intact.
*okay, i notice some glued bits*

I can imagine my brother
as a little kid buying this
for my mom…
*that’s him on the floor
holding the dog*

I wonder who took him shopping — one of my brothers?  They’d have had to
walk up to Wilshire Blvd
to a department store,
unless my grandma took
him shopping in the Valley.

Mitchell said his mom
had one as well,
a little different.

The plywood was coming undone, and Mitchell glued that for me.
Because it is kind of a mess, I decided to give it new life in Monterey colors.
It is now a lovely Spanish Green.
We won’t use it for spices but for bits of this and that,
which is how my mom used it.

The sketch was created with Super5
Australia ink, right, in a Conklin Pen with a
Goulet 1.1 stub nib (hate the Conklin nib.
My Monterey Da Vinci Trio colors work wonderfully with this purply-brown ink!

The colors had to be taken to their palest
or to their densest in some places to
achieve close to the right color!
That pull of lessening pigment is seen bottom.

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Inktober, 11 Gilt Chair


Once a year I give the old brush pen a try.
I’ve had the same pens for four years and
they are wet and lovely because they are NEVER used.
I like the sexy sexy lines they allow but I hate the lack of control.
I guess if I practiced more I’d get a bit better at control…

See them next year!

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Inktober, 10 Rosewood Table


Quick sketch while working in the finish room today,
of a lovely carved decorative
*gads you know when you can’t find the right word and it is in your brain
and you know it will come to you days after you publish the post???*

thingy-ma-bob on a Rosewood Table.
The thingy-ma-bob, which sits under the table as part of the base,
had huge chips off the many petals and leaves.
The chipped parts were replaced with new carvings,
and properly finished in a traditional manner that matched the historic finish.

I sketched in the very soluble Diamine Chocolate,
and then touched the lines with a wet brush.
I filled my pen and didn’t have the ink snug, and it blobbed!

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Inktober 8, Summer Artichokes in my Da Vinci Monterey Trio!

Mmmmm, this summer the organic artichokes were amazing.
We had them every week!
This is one of those tests of soul-mate compatibility:
Are you a hot butter or a Mayo person?  (NO Miracle Whip!)

My ink-only sketch was too fuzzy to show!

I dunno what took me so long to finish this…
Stalled mid-point, didn’t finish, and finally
went crazy with more ink and watercolor.  Sometimes the only way to save a sketch
is to be fearless! Remember when I told you
I often watercolor over colored waterproof inks?  This sketch was created with Super5
Australia ink, right, in a Conklin Pen with a
Goulet 1.1 stub nib (hate the Conklin nib.
My Monterey Da Vinci Trio colors work wonderfully with this purply-brown ink!

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Also, as an artist for Da Vinci Paints, they track my traffic.
If you are going to shop at Da Vinci, please enter through my Affiliate link
so that any other places you go on their site are accredited to me…
you can find the Trios in their watercolors sets.

  

  

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Inktober, 7 End of Day


Raining, and that is the good news.
Rain cheers us.
There is no good news in the USA today.
They are confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Oh yeah, I left of the ‘H’ in my journal… oh well.
Done while waiting for Mitchell, on the fly.

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