Poor Beau has been so distraught this week, he hasn't been getting his usual sleep time in, you see Gracie is in season and so has been separated from him. Beau has spent the week whining and pining over her. He is losing interest a bit today and so I was able to catch him napping. It has been raining on and off all day and now it is raining hard with thunder and lightening. The same system is dumping tons of snow up North, but here we are just getting rain, lots of rain.
When I did a color chart for my Liz Steel Sketching Now class, I realized I had two reds almost exactly alike. I used up the Permanent Alizarin Crimson making Christmas Cards for an Exchange with other Sketchbook School Students and changed that out for Quinacradone Magenta. For the first page in this journal I decided to re-do the color chart and now I see that the Quin Magenta is very close to the Mineral Violet I already have…. so I may be in search of a new color again real soon. Oh in a couple of days you'll see a page where I tried to cover up the date and weather with some Washi tape, didn't quite work because the date is still visible. Here's the story on that, I usually start the day, by dating my journal page and including the weather forecast for the day… for some reason I did that 2 pages into the book this morning… when I picked up my journal to do this color chart I discovered my mistake… I hate to waste paper, so I tried to cover up my error on that page, and did my color chart on the real page one.
This week's challenge color is Purple, so a purple day lily done with inktense pencils. Freezing weather last night killed off our pepper plants and the tomato too. We had harvested most of the peppers, even the green ones as the freeze was expected. We made our final batch of pepper sauce tonight, Ron's going to have to make it last until Spring next year.
Looking thru boxes to find the color refills I had bought for my Pilot Parallel pens, I found a stash of little stamps I'd picked up from a sale bin at Michaels one day. I just used the tiny ink pad that came with the little stamps to use them in my journal…. then I gave drawing a bigger version a try. I did not clean the pen before loading the red ink cartridge, and got some really cool stripped red/black letters… still a little of the black showing but the red is taking over… soon I'll be ready for the Holidays.
I have loaded a new color (grey) in my fountain pen… I'm not particularly happy with this ink color, nor with the flow of the ink… funny because it is the same 'brand' of ink just a different color. I'll be loading the Chestnut Brown back into the pen as soon as this grey is used up. Did a little hand practice… it is obvious I need to do a lot more hand practice.
Did my outdoors homework today… my one day a week to get out for lunch. I think I like the ink best especially if I'm eating, the watercolor pencil got all over my hands. I added the color and the water once I got home. mystery solved on the Derwent blue gray pencil that got all over my hands yesterday. I got it out again today I figured out it's the paint on the pencil it got all over my hands and when I wiped it with a rag...it got all over the rag...so now I know perhaps I'll wrap it with tape.
This week's challenge color is Blue, I wanted to wait for a white page in my journal so I'm posting on the very last day for this week's challenge. Happy to report the Stingrays finally won a home game today, they shut out the Greenville Road Warriors 2-0.
Hockey game tonight was another disappointing loss, we did get to see one of our favorite players Patrick Gaul return to the ice tonight and he player well. He's been out from an injury in a pre-season game. I think I'll bring my knitting or a sketchbook tomorrow.
Got a box from Dick Blick today with colored pencils and some Pitt artist brush pen markers… not required for this class but I'm looking forward to using these in my sketch journals. I like the markers, they don't streak and do not bleed thru even on cartridge paper. I'm learning to use colored pencils and wanted to expand my color selections (so all these didn't come today) so added a few more greens and earth colors.
Someone on Facebook wanted suggestions of what to draw, my suggestion was draw your thumb…. such sound advise I decided to follow it myself.
I cheated I used a ruler and a pencil to divide up the page, then I used a micro marker to free hand the boxes. I love doing color charts and doing this one pointed out to me that I have 2 reds that are basically the same color… hum what to use instead… not sure just yet. I'll see which one uses up first and replace with another color then.
Our Sugar Maple tree is shedding leaves at an fast rate, and yet some leaves are still green. I love the yellow, orange and green of Fall maple leaves. Today was the first day of an online class with Australian artist Liz Steel. It's not too late to join the fun here http://www.sketchingnow.com Below are the first 2 pages of my homework for the class.