I like sketching, iPad or traditional sketchbook, it doesn’t
matter to me.Lately, I’ve been testing
out a Pentalic Nature Sketch 6”X12” sketchbook.The paper is 130lb, a bit lighter than I typically like but it handles
watercolor and light washes well. Not so well with acrylic. It’s
semi-toothy, more like rough vellum on the side I was working on. More like a cross between cold and hot press watercolor paper. The opposite side is smoother, more for pen
and ink or pastels. Both sides are a
natural white and plastic spiral bound.
I have been pleasantly surprised with the paper quality. More so because it's fifty sheets for less than $10. It didn’t buckle as long as I used one piece
of tape and didn’t work too wet.It isn’t
as great as Arches but better than Canson, and behaves much like Fabriano.The quality is fine for sketching even with watercolor or ink.The 6’X12” size is perfect for me…easy to
carry in my camera pack with lots of options for sketching.I build color by blotting and dirty washes.
This is a test drive and review of Zig Clean Color Real
Brush Markers.I didn’t pick up many,
just a handful to see if I like them or not.I do like them, the black is fabulous for sketching. All I need to pack is one of these, my sketchpad and a waterbrush. Easy peasy and
I’m off.Kuretake has a brand of waterbrushes,
they handle much like a pen and a watercolor brush.
On a side note…Kuretake makes waterbrushes as well.They come in several different brush sizes but I typically reach for the medium.Easy to use, the brush works well with watercolor, and portable.Best of all, they don’t leak. I use them for inks and liquid watercolor as well as a waterbrush.
Back to Zig’s Clean Color Markers… They are water soluble, blend well, and have the vibrancy of a marker.I used them more like watercolor than markers but I have used them for bolder illustrations. They work great because they are controllable and have consistent ink.The brushes are rather flexible, can fluctuate between thin to thick lines.They are affordable but non refillable and come in a huge selection of colors via Dick Blick. I'll be ordering more in the future.
That’s all the pros…the con is that I can find no info
regarding if they are lightfast or not. So
with many different types of ink and watercolors, I have set up a test in my sunroom.In a couple months I will have my answer but
until then, I will use them for sketching.
This is a
meme that is going around Facebook currently.Every time I see it, I cringe.Yes, I do understand that art as a whole helps the masses appreciate culture.The underlying attitude of the third sentence
is killing art from an economic stand point.So why pay and support artists? If the public doesn’t, artists don’t
teach, they don’t create, and they move into different employment.
times that I wonder if folks really understand how art impacts our daily
life.Look around and think about it as
you move along your day. Like the
house you live in…thank an architect.Like listening to music on your way to work…thank the musicians and
singers.Like the novel you are reading…thank
the writers.Like those cartoons in the
paper…thank a cartoonist. Like those pretty photos on the internet…thank a photographer.
Like the lovely patterns on your pillow,
clothes, or shower curtain…thank an artist or a designer or digital artist. Like those lovely school photos or
your wedding album…thank a photographer. Do your kids enjoy the Disney movies…thank
an animator.Or the wonderful books…thank
an illustrator, watercolorist, printmaker, and/or writer. Or the colorful plush toys…thank a designer. Don't even get me started on all the things that digital artists create within our daily life.
And the list
goes on and on and on…even to the car that you drive.That’s not even thinking about all those
Super Bowl commercials or the Urban Planners that add parks for those weekend
jaunts. The art and cultural activities
help grow, strengthen, and/or revitalize communities. Think about an art district in any city and
how real estate values rise in that area…thank a lot of artists.
So when I
see a meme such as the above, I wonder how many people actually think about the
long term causal effects. It is directly tangible to our future. Maybe that’s the
deep structure issue…
So it all
comes down to this…you do expect to work at a 9-5 and not get paid?Do you expect your plumber or dentist to work
for free?If you are involved with an art organization
or art business, think about the impact your attitude displays to the
masses.If you are an average person,
don’t take the artists for granted.They
live to create and better the world though those creations.
It was good to get back in
the studio again.The sub-zero temps
froze me out for several days.I able to
get some fundamental sketches and think about a new series; mostly about the
direction I want to take for the next several weeks, maybe even months.
Urban Tails Series
Archival Artist Inks on Arches 300lb paper
When I do a series, it’s a
major commitment in time and energy.That’s one of the reasons why I try to do loose, ongoing series.This time I’m pulled to illustrate nursery
rhymes and songs.It will be a challenge
to put old words into new artwork.
I’m off to the studio…I’m
being pulled into the garden of the muses.I want to work on sketches and maybe get a prelim drawing done today.
Now did I take the advice, no.I ran out to get a few photos, couldn’t help
it. The small town, Danville that we live in is so charming. It’s one of the
reasons why to moved here from Austin, Texas. I’ve
been reading about the snow alert for the past several days and have been
dreading it.It’s not so much the 10+
inches of snow or tomorrow’s sub-zero temps, it’s being trapped inside the
house.Mmm…if we didn’t have the weather, I wouldn’t
be trapped in the house.
simple joy in photography for me.It
enables me to capture a small slice of time or maybe history would be a better
term. So instead of me rambling on and on...I'll just show you. One picture equates to a thousand words...
The timing of my escape took place early in the day, before noon. Now we are under a Red travel emergency means it is illegal to drive
except for emergency personnel, emergency purposes or those who are seeking
shelter. The last time this area was under a travel warning was during the 1978 blizzard. This blog post is part of a blog hop hosted by Meghan, a fabulous artist!!! Stop in to her blog, it's worth a read. The Random Moments of Delight Challenge is more of a single moment but...well, photography makes me happy.
Stay warm...stay safe...good luck with the cabin fever!
We have a winter storm alert...I've seen the photos on Facebook and it looks like the shelves in every grocery in central Indiana are wiped clean. The forecasts range from 8-14" to 6-10" with winds and then the sub-zero temps set in. It's supposed to be some of the lowest temps in over 20 years and could rival 1978's blizzard. We have prepared, it would be dumb not to but it's more of a quite couple of days. Yes, we could be locked in the house but it will be quite, the fireplace will be on, and I've got work to do.
Currently, I've got a lot of paperwork to do. Lots of loose ends to tie up so if a winter storm is going to happen, this is a good time for me. Well, if there is a good time for such things.
Getting ready for the storm, I got the bird feeders filled up and new visitors showed up.
The above is one of my favorites. The birdies have been thick, they must be filling up before the storm. It was also might be the new bird feed too!
The below are some of the photos. These photos have been processed and will most likely be turned into a card series.