Inktober continues apace, but I have been going 100 mph for the past week. No time to focus on a theme. This morning, though, I thought about cold mountains and winter – where I live, it’s in the mid-80s to low-90s, and I could use a bit of blustery weather.
Here is a mountain – inky for Inktober
And here is the same scene, in cold and wintry colors.
I used to do a lot of Chinese painting, and I tried to incorporate the clouds in a rather Chinese-painting fashion, in ink and watercolor. Hints, not direct; subtlety rather than blatant. I’m not sure if it worked for the clouds between the mountains, but I definitely like the chilliness and fogginess of the scene overall.
These last few days have been hectic – appointments, rushing around getting things done, cooking for a bunch of people. As a result, Inktober has (hopefully) temporarily fallen to the wayside. Despite the craziness, I wanted to do something, paint or draw something, and thus, some Tomatoes Gouache, recipe for which is quite simple: tomatoes and gouache; to make, just paint.
I wouldn’t eat them as the fiber content is not quite the right kind.
I think this says it all.
Did you know that those decorative patterns on the sides of your socks are known as “clocks”? Rather than time, as a sock-knitter, I prefer this type of clock rather than the one tick-tocking away on the shelf.
Here I used a fountain pen and a couple of permanent ink drawing pens. The idea here was to express texture, such as the corrosion on the lock and metal parts of the door, or the wood grain. Contrast of both texture and tone were important here. Oh, and to show something “guarded” – what is behind Door Number 13?
Yes, there are really fish called whale sharks! In looking up pictures of whales, I came across this creature, and if you look at online images, you will see it is a beautifully patterned shark, as well as learn that it migrates long distances, and is a gentle animal, feeding on plankton and such as it swims along. I thought it was so beautiful that it had to be the Inktober #12 offering.
The weekend was super busy, so I am a bit behind with my Inktober commitment, but the commitment continues. It would be really easy to let it just fall behind – like a diet – so the focus of Inktober may be more important than the drawings themselves. Inktober is a challenge to not only commitment, but to imagination and dedication to meeting a goal. Harder than I thought it would be – but at least I have some time for commitment these days.
I wasn’t going to do “cruel” for Inktober – too much cruelty in the world as it is. Then, I saw these mushrooms! Fly agaric mushrooms are beautiful, poisonous, and the fantasy mushroom of dreams. I’ve seen them a few times, and they are incredibly beautiful. In their beauty lies their cruelty!
This is a combination of the type of drawing and painting I have been doing of late. Because these mushrooms are so vibrant, it doesn’t do them justice to just use ink. So, inking pens after an underlying pencil sketch, and then slow, light layers of watercolor, and then more pen. I’m rather pleased with the results altogether.
While not at all at the level of the curls and swirls of medieval illuminated manuscripts, I have always admired their decorative qualities. This is just a quickie to catch myself up with Inktober – #8 Star has been keeping me far too busy, and I have other things to do today!
Time, time, time. This could also be the next Inktober assignment of “flowing” while I think about it. Anyway, after doing this, I realized it made me think of some of the ink drawings and cartoons from the 30s, such as in Archie and Mehitabel, though probably not as sophisticated.
This Inktober drawing is taking forever and making me really behind schedule. Oh, dear! I plan to finish this one up later, time permitting. It’s all dots. And dots. And more dots. It’s is crazy-making but really fun – and a good way to think about positive and negative spaces.