Last time I was here I was blathering on about showing you my InkTober sketches. Have I done it? No!
That all changes now.
I used photos from the Sktchy app as my references. If you have an iPhone or an iPad I highly recommend you download this app and check out the wonderful art being created by all the users. I’m honored to have my pieces included with theirs.
I will show you all of them… both successes and failures but I’m going to split them up into groups of five… and one last to celebrate Halloween.
But first, the first five.
Day 1 – #Swift
Day 2 – #Divided
Day 3 – #Poison
Day 4 – #Underwater
Day 5 – #Long
You can’t see that I used pearlescent ink on the flamingo so I took another trying to get the shine.
I’ve been sketching at the Hopkinton State Fair longer than I’ve had this blog and it remains one of the highlights of my year. Sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, oxen were all drawn this year… even a dog… well, not a real dog… a CORN DOG!
Here’s this year’s total output!
No llamas, alpacas or swine this year. No cows either but I will remedy that at the 146th Tunbridge World’s Fair in two weeks… Thursday through Sunday, September 14, 15, 16 & 17.
I’m aiming for Friday… if you see me please stop and say hello!
2:43 PM… 61% of the sun eclipsed here in the Upper Valley. I didn’t have acceptable eclipse glasses so I punched a few different sized holes in a scrap piece of cardboard as a makeshift pinhole device. It took me a bit but I managed to capture a photo. Not a great photo but it’ll do.
I believe the light dimmed a bit and it certainly had a weird glow but how can you capture that on a page?
I didn’t… instead I chose to celebrate the day by painting what I think of as the essence of a total eclipse… the sun’s corona!
I’ve put April 8, 2024 on my calendar… I’d love to see totality!
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many moments when my faith in humanity was surely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”