VSW: Hahnemühle Floral Post Cards, 1


Working this months Virtual Sketchwalk
(all flowering thangs) on Hahnemühle Post Cards,
mostly directly in ink again, as I have no time so am doing quick sketches.
Pepper trees remind me of Canoga Avenue in the San Fernando Valley,
which was once lined with them.
Mitchell stole this one for his desk… Reminds him of his childhood too!


Posies in Super5 Dublin with inks and liquid watercolor washes.


CC’s Hollyhocks, and no, I did not do them justice!

I tell you, painting flowers is the antidote to all the crap news in the world!

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Nostalgie Book 2017

I did more experimentation in this book than any other to date.
I also went back to my 40-year-old habit of writing and sketching…
Been doing that since boring architectural history classes.
I am sorry but had to leave a lot of written pages out,
but I went through some sad and serious events, journalled and made marks,
and do not write publicly about others.
I began to paint with inks in a big way in this sketchbook,
building on my diluted-inks in waterbrushes,
adding more liquid watercolors in waterbrushes.
So much fun to do quick sketches with!

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Tools: Wrap-up on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Sketchbook,

So another experiment.

I’ve been softening my ink and liquid watercolors by diluting them with water,
and decided to see what happened when I used them almost full strength.

AAACK!

Above, when the full-strength are softened with water…

 After the initial crayola-crayon-gone wrong I just kept layering colors because really,
once it is garish you can’t ruin it so that became another experiment —
Just how many layers of color can a Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Sketchbook take?
A LOT A LOT A LOT and not bleed.

Which brings me to a wrap-up as I finish this journal…
I LOVE this journal. 
I’ve now worked a whole Hahnemuhle Watercolour Book
and while it is true the watercolor paper in that book is excellent,
this lovely journal takes a lot of water thrown at it for a lighter-weight paper.
(I always clip my sketchbooks, not matter how thick the paper.)
Both journals took my constant flexing and bending (I am hard on a journal) and
the extra pages in this journal make it a a good price for such a formal looking journal.
(But don’t let it give you blank book syndrome… dive in and mess it up!)
The only thing I’d change is I’d love one of those nice bands they put on
the watercolor journals — so I can dispense with a fat clip!

I will be buying more, from WetPaint!

I will post the whole journal in the next couple days.

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Nostalgie: Laundry


Susan posted a lovely image of red laundry hanging on a line, and the image swirled around in my head, and got me thinking about how much an image can evoke.
That single image brought back the smell of summer in San Fernando Valley,
laundry brought in and putting my face in the basket of clean clothes
and the smell of warmth held in its fiber, gold hills and oaks.


I sketched this in the middle of Every Day in May, and so many people spoke of freezing when they are drawing.  I looked at that. and thought of the ridiculousness of the inner critic to want explorations and practice in a sketchbook to be perfection.

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Every Day in May, Ta-Dah!

gads turn off the sound!
mac is not letting me turn it off during export!

I haven’t done a prompt with challenges in a couple of years.
I have no trouble thinking of things to sketch and time is what makes
filling a sketchbook hard — I work at our business full-time.

So why do a challenge when I was swamped and stressed over a deadline on a huge project?   Because sketching is my second form of meditation (first is actual meditation), and it provides me a way to free my mind, calm my stress, enjoy my day.

To up the ante, I did no pencil —
NOT that I think pencil is a no-no — I’m not one of those people —
but pencil does slow me down, make me prepare mentally for a “good” sketch.
I wanted to just make it through the month still sketching every day, because I am doing a sketch a day even if I don’t post them (sometimes I can’t for privacy reasons.)

I chose a too-small Hahnemühle Watercolour Book —
I ordered the A6 size by accident — I don’t like small journals —
because as I started this I thought of the exercise as a throwaway.
It was a throwaway —
I threw away
judgements and perfection (10-minute sketches do that for you)!
I gained a fun finished journal, sanity during a long push,
an appreciation for small journals,
and even a few tricks I will continue with —
like more colored ink-in-waterbrushes (besides the greys for grisaille.)

My cover and commitment on the inside cover…

…my test pages for inks (you can really see that I started with my normal inks in waterbrushes — browns and greys — but then added a whole other page of colorful inks.
I started using them in waterbrushes two years ago, so I had color for the middle of the night!  Then I loved them for grisaille or brunaille…

And finally, my thoughts — which I often record at the end
of a journal looking back — but rarely share.

Jutta and admins, thank you for the best EDIM ever!

See You next year! The list, above.

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Every Day in May: 31, Selfie


Gads, how to do a fun selfie?
I just learned how I can turn my camera around on my iPhone,
so I made several faces into the camera and drew from those.
Contour drawings, the first and third blind contours.
*gads they are the hardest to post
plugs me into my sense of beauty and self-worth
when do we really ever get over this crapola?*
I call them Monster, Kissy-kissy, and Jewish Wise Woman.

The middle one looks most like me.

THE END!
Tomorrow I will post a slideshow and
my reflections on this challenge.

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Every Day in May: 30 Ugg


This one took the time for Mitchell to run into the post office to collect our mail.
Yes, I was uninspired by shoe… I’ve drawn shoe and not interested in shoe…
But hey, I was inspired by all Jutta’s other prompts!

ALMOST DONE!!!!!

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