Yes, every New Year is like a fresh start with a brand
new shinny tool kit included.On the
other hand, every new day has the same option.My decision to be a better person and a better artist isn’t a yearly focus,
its daily for me.That’s why I keep a ‘to-do’
list and a get shit done attitude.
I’ve really spent the last three years changing mediums
and moving fully to mixed media.It’s
been a long journey and I’m finally feeling more secure with my artwork.No, I’m not an expert by any means but I’ve
been driven to understand my raw materials, how to display in a professional
manner, and doing a lot of experimental work.It’s all been prep for the year to come.
White ink is wonderful to work with; ink is wonderful to
paint, sketch, and use in art journaling.It’s just so multi-functional in my work.My favorite manufactures are Noodlers and
Private Reserve for foundation pens.Higgins, Daler-Rowney, Calli,and Liquitex for dip pens and brush work.
FW Artists Ink trumps every other white ink out there.It’s acrylic-based, water resistant, lightfast,
and permanent.It works well with a brush,
technical pens, and dip pens.I haven’t
had any luck using it in fountain pens.
My favorite dip pen is an E+M Artist nib holder with a 2062 nib…I also
use a Brause 66 extra fine Arrow nib for very fine lines or a Brause Blue
Pumpkin. (both are in the top photo) Both are calligraphy nibs but I
also use a few comic/manga nibs as well.E+M Artist nib holder is a lot like a paintbrush, lightweight, and
ergonomic. It’s the first that I pull out and seems to find its place on my
desk fulltime. BTW, my pens normally don't look this clean. For mainstays on my desk, I normally keep an extra.
The above is the result of several steps. I used 300lb Arches paper, that has been sectioned into four 5x7's. I've laid down watercolor in heart shapes for the base color. Then added designs in white ink.
The next step was to highlight and accent in black ink. I use the above dip pen with Koh-I-Noor
Rapidograph Universal Ink. I normally use this ink for my technical pens but it was on my desk at the time. It is a very versatile ink...paper, cloth, even film or plastic supports. It's waterproof, fast drying, and permanent. It's another ink that I use almost on a daily basis...but that's another product review.
Later, these designs will be photographed and turned into printed notecards...maybe simple Thank-You cards.
Someone recently asked me why I blog about product reviews. There are so many different raw materials out there currently and I search online for information to figure out what to use in my work. It's just another way to give back for all the information that I've gleamed from others. Thank you to those that do product reviews...it's helped me along my artistic journey....
I have come to the conclusion that the quote “Collect
moments, not things” speaks to photographers. Photography captures of a little slice of time, sometimes shared with the rest of the world. More so, if you post something on Facebook.
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
Without winter, there can be no spring. Without mistakes, there can be no learning. Without doubts, there can be no faith. Without fears, there can be no courage. My mistakes, my fears and my doubts are my path to wisdom.
Yesterday, I received the 'your order has shipped' notice from Fifty Three. I know it's so juvenile to be so anxious for the Pencil stylus to be arrive....but...I am. I just can't help it. I ordered the stylus before November 24th and I knew it would take a while....but I've been waiting and tapping my foot for the past couple of weeks. Then...I got the email, it's in transit...due to arrive December 14th!!!!!
Several months ago, I got involved with a local community project hosted byPlainfield | Guilford Township Public Library. It is one of many different programs spreading across the US. Here's a blog link that makes for interesting reading. Give a book, return a book. That's the motto of the Little Free Libraries.
During the painting process.
One of the libraries that I painted, installed outside Plainfield Library
There are four more that are waiting to be installed...it feels good to help my local community with my art.