Inktober Day 19

#inktober2015 Day 19…..I felt well enough to get out of the house for a little bit….still can’t talk much but I am feeling a little stronger. I sat in the car, turning the heat on occasionally to stay warm. Even with the sun, it was very cool today.I was studying this grouping of grave markers. They were carved very differently. Not that I am a connoisseur of tombstones or anything but I was intrigued by the design. Both of these folks passed away in 1916 at ages 80 & 81 years old. They lived pretty long given the fact medicine wasn’t what it is today. I kinda wondered how they passed….did one die first and the other of a broken heart? Did they get the flu? An accident and they died together? Natural causes? These are things I pondered as I did this ink sketch and the following post which will be the 30 min painting of the same subject.

Inktober Day 15

#Inktober #15 Thumbnail sketches and the value of studying great works. A great lesson I learned from Lynn Whipple. And I am happy to say I completed three sketchbooks that were almost full, these past few days.


#Inktober # 11

#Inktober #11Basking in the sun, I was reading Danny Gregory’s “Art Before Breakfast” and Page 113 talks about not being so hung up on perfection, which in Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way,” she echoes that same sentiment. When you try to be too perfect, you pretty much take yourself right out of your creativity. Perfection can be the enemy because you aren’t willing to take the (positive) risks that come your way. If you want perfection, take a picture…..but If you want art, then take that leap of faith and let the art say what it needs to say.
I grabbed my sketchbook that my son and future daughter-in-law gave me last Christmas and I drew my wicker chairs using a twig and dipped it in ink. Then I tightened it up with a fountain pen filled with the same ink. See Page 110 and 111 for how Danny did this.