No, this isn’t a warped Christmas tree! It’s a tabasco chili plant. Every summer we grow a variety of chilis, usually hot, to dry as they mature, and when we have enough, grind them into powder. Then it’s shared, often as a Christmas present!
Today I present you with the teasel. These plants were once harvested to make carding brushes for wool. They were mounted on wooden boards when dried, and the wool was placed between the carders, and combed or brushed back and forth until the clean wool was aligned, ready to be spun.
After I initially posted the ink-only drawing, I decided to play once more with the InkTense pencils. This time I mixed colors together, such as a red-violet and a blue to make the lavenders of the flowers, and yellows and greens and browns in different areas before applying a small amount of water with a water brush. I’m not sure if I am happy with the colored results, but you never know how something works until you try it, right?
I am continuing the simple task of a sketch or watercolor or ink-and-watercolor every day while I have time. I admit I am afraid to go much further than that. Why? Good question.