Inktober Day 23 – RIP

I don’t know if this prompt was RIP or rip but I took it as RIP. Also, I confirmed with my sister that my mom is receiving these. I am glad because I was a little worried that she wasn’t getting them because of the lockdown in her facility.

I think the image needs no explanation.

Inktober Day 20 – Double Prompt

There are many lists out there for Inktober.

There is the Official Inktober list. Then there is the They Draw and Travel, They Draw and Garden and They Draw and Cook. There is also Drawloween. In my humble opinion, Draw-loween has the best list because it’s a tradition monster list. I think I’ll do Drawloween next year because I love Halloween.

This post is combining the prompt of “coral” (Inktober) and “bird house.” (TDAG) I thought of the dragonet interacting with a cardinal aka coral bird. Ok so it’s a stretch but red and coral are in the same color family. I did a plein air painting a few years ago of birdhouses so I pulled from that for this sketch. I am also including the pencil drawing so you can see how I start these.

I used a dip pen and a brush for this ink sketch and then popped some color.

Coral, dragon and birdhouse
Pencil sketch

Inktober Day 14 – Armor

Ok, I told the dragonet this morning that he had to wear armor today. The conversation did not go well…

“D – “don’t want to wear armor! It’s too heavy and hot!!

Me – “ Oh for heavens sake, it’s only for about 30 minutes.”

D – “why do I have to wear ARMOR? Why can’t the Little Witch wear it? Who’s idea was this, anyway?

Me – “Jake Parker’s. The guy who invented Inktober. And the Little Witch is at work.”

D – “I wanna flame him!”

Me – “That wouldn’t be nice. Put the armor on and I promise I’ll sketch you quickly!”

D – “30 Minutes! That’s it! Then I’m going to the beach!”

Me – “ok ok! Shush! Let me get this done!”

30 minutes later….

D – “30 minutes are up.”

Me – (stalling) “not yet.”

D – “I was watching the clock! 35 minutes already!” I’m hot!

Me – “Almost done!”

D – “Now?”

Me – “I saw the big lizards out front. You can have them if you give me 2 more minutes!”

D – “(resigned) “ok.”

I finished the sketch. I didn’t need the dragonet for the rest.

He trots out the door toward the big palm trees out front.

Me – (calling after him) “There’s two really big rainbow lizards. Try to not to scorch the palm tree. And don’t eat the anoles!”

D – (from outside) “Uh oh! I ate a little brown one.”

Me – ( sighing) “Ok but don’t eat anymore!”

I hear a screeching ruckus…

Me – “ What was that?!”

D – (while eating) “ I accidentally ate one of those big mouth ( munch) blue birds.”

Me – (head smack, sighing again) “a Blue Jay? Don’t eat any more!“

He never went to the beach. He’s laying out by the pool sleeping in the sun. He ate two Blue Jays.

Inktober Day 9 “Citrus”

I didn’t like the Inktober Prompt of “throw” so fortunately there are a lot of alternative lists out there this year. They Draw and Cook has a food list and today is “citrus” so that’s the one I chose to do.

The little dragonet, who is growing and isn’t quite so little anymore, is just like any other animal in the house when it comes to food on the table. In this case, it’s a refreshing pitcher of a lemonade, orange and lime mix.

I chose not to use color because I think it works ok without color. I didn’t color my mom’s version this time, either.

Sad news

This morning we had to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions that a one has to make when living with fur children. This is very difficult to write but I won’t be able to write this later when reality sets in.

Cleopatra, our foundling kitty, the kitty that was inserted into many of my sketches and paintings, had to be put to sleep this morning. She crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge a little while ago. We got the news a little after 4 am and we drove back to the ER to say our final good-byes.

We don’t know what happened. Erin took her to the vet on Saturday. They took blood work to see what could be ailing her, That night she had to go to the ER because she was quickly getting worse. It just snowballed from there.

Cleo was only 5. They can’t tell us why. She wasn’t injured. This is why everyday is precious when there is life.

Good-bye Cle. You were loved.

Refreshed sketch

I have been updating some of my work digitally. This was always one of my favorites that I did several years ago and I decided to give it a digital facelift. I purchased the bouquet in the pumpkin during a festival in Cape May and did the sketch immediately after I took it home. I thought it was such a great idea. I would never have thought to use a pumpkin for a “vase.” I don’t know what the blue flowers are but I always wanted to grow them. There used to be a U-pick place in West Cape May where you could cut your own flowers. Don’t know if it is still there.

This is a low res file for posting.

Autumn Floral revisited