Tag Archives: Nostalgie Sketch Book Journal

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 … Continue reading

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Using Watercolour vs Sketching Journals

Covid changed my journal use yet again. Between the pandemic, sequestration, and the Portland protests, I began to write pages in my sketching journal… because that is what I carry with me, and I felt like I was writing to … Continue reading

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Rona2: In the Groove with Rancho Gordo

You are not hearing me rave as much about Rancho Gordo beans because I am kinda getting into a groove with them.  I cook more of them in the manner described on their site, and then mix it up with … Continue reading

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Process Ink Painting, Blooms

Above, I simple use a Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with water, Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook to try inkpainting a peach. I am trying to get the hang of not always ending up with “blooms” or dark edges. I used a small … Continue reading

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Tools: Robert Oster Glorious Inks

There  is nothing like the gift of color! All that possibility wrapped in glorious juicy inks from Robert Oster Signature inks!! I will be playing with  these soon, but had to at least share my newest bounty! A couple I’ve … Continue reading

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SoCS: Spot

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and participate in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday  whenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You … Continue reading

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Rona2: Wall of Moms

I have so much to say about my disappointment in our government. I don’t recognize my country.  No one works together to ward the common good. The last showdowns with the feds were with the Wall of Moms and the … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 2

Same process as the sketch yesterday. When I realized Evalyn Baker had taken photos of the alleyway from both sides, I had to finish the other side too! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 1

It usually starts with a sketch. Then shadows. I wanted to capture the dark that the leafy canopy created. I used DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink for the grisaille work so it would not move when I added watercolor. I … Continue reading

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Rona2: Cat Play

I don’t know what we’d do without the cats… Mitchell and I each bring different things to the play. I build forts; Mitchell does Willie Mays. Crinkly paper that comes in Chewy boxes, and the Give a Crap boxes, with … Continue reading

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Process Ink Painting, Tips

For Maureen!! I haven’t time to do a video but I decided to publish this now and not wait… more tips for painting with ink. Above, I simple use a Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with water, and touched the Robert … Continue reading

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Rona2: AOC

I only wish I could do her justice… not quite right! For those of you who don’t think women go through this; it is true. The harassment started for me USC School of Architecture with SOME not all my design … Continue reading

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Rona2: Purple Watercolors

Yesterday I played with  MGraham Ultramarine Violet (left) and Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue Violet (right) here. Today I am showing you my mainstream (not small manufacturers) purples, and talking about why I choose certain paints as KEEPERS… Keepers have a … Continue reading

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Rona2: Delphiniums

Cynthia let me use her images of delphiniums with which to work; In the true theme of an art journal I was playing with paint and direct watercolor versus pen and ink and watercolor. Trying MGraham Ultramarine Violet, the prettiest … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Midnight Black Beans

So yummy we bought several bags of Midnight Black Beans! Black beans are a favorite — they have a different taste than Pintos and we use them in much the same way. The first time I had black beans was … Continue reading

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Marianne’s Gift Inks

I am so behind on posts!! Marianne sent me several samples…. All are beautiful (Marianne has amazingly grat  ink taste) but I am in love with a few that I have on my to-buy list…  I am starting to play … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Azile France

Loving the virtual sketch-walk of Languedoc, with this image from Annette Morris… Late at night, I should have gotten a thinner pen, as this one is a bit thick for the level of detail I inked under the watercolor. It … Continue reading

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Rona2: Portland is Under Seige

I’m not saying the Portland Police haven’t done their share of violent things, but what is happening now in Portland is frightening. The President has send the federal forces in to take over our city, so he can teach people … Continue reading

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