Sumo Mandarins

When it’s cloudy, cold and windy and summer’s only a memory I seek respite by enjoying one of the best gifts of winter.  It’s the season of fresh sweet citrus.

I was inspired to pick up these two Sumo Mandarins at our local co-op particularly because they still had their leaves and stems attached.

Subjects for my next watercolor experiment? It was their destiny!

I hear they’re usually larger than my two but they’re as delicious as advertised. Thank goodness the season is young.

Moleskine Fan… Not.

I’m baffled why I keep buying landscape sketchbooks as I’m not a fan. I must have either needed a bit of retail therapy or like a magpie I was drawn to the bright Moleskine brand and packaging.

The extreme horizontal format is great for capturing broad sweeping vistas but that’s not my preferred drawing and painting subject. Oh I do a few, but when I do, I tend to choose one of my larger sketchbooks.

This must have been one of the older Moleskine watercolor sketchbooks with inferior paper because many of my earlier pages were plagued with watercolors which bled through to the other side. I can put up with a lot of issues including buckling but bleeds are a deal breaker for me. I need to remember this experience and commit to never buying another.

But… once I start a book, no matter how uncomfortable I feel, I also feel compelled to finish it. I want to number it, shelve it, and pick another. So began my quest.

The model’s arm position worked well with this format.

The text block balances the sketch and fills the white space.

I’m pretty pleased with myself that I managed to draw her in the near darkness.

A few more sketches and then, magically, I had reached the last page. I quickly drew a modified contour selfie, added splashy watercolor, and a new favorite quote…

Done!

Inktober 2018 : Days 20 – 23

Four more spreads today and I’m sure no one will be surprised my favorite is Day 21 – Scallions.

I have two new markers that I filled with yellow and green FW Inks. They put down a juicy amount that can be spread easily with a brush.

I’m also trying a different marker with the FW white ink. It’s not as opaque as the Higgins white I’ve been using, but I don’t care, it flows so much better I don’t mind going over a line or two if I need to.

Inktober 2018 – Days 8 – 11

It’s been a very busy autumn hasn’t it? I think I’ve heard that same complaint from everyone… myself included. Just an observation, not an excuse for being lax with my posting but I admit, I have been lax!

Here’s to catching up a bit!

Yes, all ink… even the Honeycrisp apple.

The last image is of a peeled Clementine… I forgive you for not recognizing it, it’s my least favorite.

Inktober… Days 5, 6 and 7

We were camping over these days but I brought my sketchbook and packed my pens knowing I could manage a few minutes to draw. I even brought a head of garlic so I’d have a model at hand once our tent was set up.

The pumpkin was soon carved into a jack-o-lantern while the grapes kept me from the chips and dip. Another successful camping weekend done!