Great way to spend hot September day - next to the icy-cold creek!
I know it's almost November and I am still posting these warm pictures - but I am working on catching up;)
Images of people and some of their work.
See whole Quilting People Set on Flickr
I started using a fresh bottle of Blue-Black Noodlers Ink and went through many portraits before I decided to add watercolor over it - just to find out that it's not waterproof. After some cursing and some drawings trashed, I finished this series differently - with other ways of presenting quilts or just leaving people alone. Many more faces are waiting for me in that book - so may be I'll try to come back to it one day :)
A wonderful time with the family in the Garin Park - first red leaves, rather hot day and lots of prey birds above.
We spent some time in the barn where old equipment is hanging in the shadows. This piece mesmerized A. so much that I had a chance to sketch him - though most of the color was added after A. ran away.
You will have to imagine California blue sky as a background ;)
I had watercolors with me but there was no chance to use them because: First the pen I was testing in this drawing exploded (fortunately, zip-lock bag was next to the sketchbook, so only some of it ended up on my t-shirt).
And as soon as I finished my short speech about pens exploding with ink, my son ran to me screaming - he fell and was covered in blood and tears and needed an urgent hug :)
So to commemorate the colorful state of my shirt, I left a bit of other pages show on this scan ;)
I've been playing with a new pen - Ackerman pen which gives you a chance to use regular nib in a plein air setting - without a need to carry a bottle of ink and such. It has pluses and minuses and I've been writing my notes down to give a full review but did not have a chance yet as I am hoping to get my hands on a new version of this pen so that I can write more good things ;)
I am not into sugary stuff. Not at all.
And this was a really good exercise for me as I have to overcome certain resistance within. And i did not really succeed in this. At the end I decided that I will think about some sweet things I ate over the last week that were NOT sugary - and draw them - which is what you see here :)
p.s. I just opened my fridge and counted 5 sorts of jam. May be I should think more about the sugary topic... or less? ;)
Notes on our visit: not getting car sick, talking to friends, getting our feet wet, pedal-powering the boat upstream to look for turtles, catching crawdad instead, eating a watermelon chilled in the creek, looking at smoggy and beautiful sunset over the valley on the way home - good day! The rest is in the pictures :)
I thought about doing something sweet and sugary, when I brainstorm about something I keep drawing and after a while this face from the book I recently read came up. I think you can see that I am not too much into sugary things :) A more fitting drawing is in the process though :)
When you are all packed and ready to go - what do you think about? Did I remember to take **** and *** and ***?
And as for memory... I tried to remember things not visually and found out that sounds are very vivid but also - surprisingly to me personally - I remembered a lot as a touch - and could transform memory from a picture and colors to feelings on my skin - it's fun - you should try it!
I always enjoy having people in a picture. But these are special somehow - I think I understood something in these drawings. We had a lot of fun together over the summer :)