There’s a great experience waiting for you if you get a chance to visit the Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City, MI. There are special days with events and tours for groups. They have some hands on activities, a taste testing of Lavender lemonade and shortbread plus a great store. My visit was during harvest time, it’s a field trip worth taking! https://www.lavenderhillmichigan.com.
I haven’t ever noticed such a clear display of vanishing points before. It’s one thing to know about them but really startling to see it in displayed like this before my very eyes.
Surprise. It’s not that easy to make black paper from white. I wanted to use colored pencil on black paper but it turns out I didn’t have enough patience or enough marker. At some point I looked and decided what was there was interesting and I’d work with that. I used a couple of templates, a Chinese white drawing pencil, the marker and a Pigma pen to finish the drawing. It’s an exercise in creativity from the moment the marker first touched the paper until I declared it done. Gee I wish my ruler wasn’t crooked though. Must be the bifocals..
We’ve been traveling with limited connectivity so this week turned into a four weeks of drawings. It’s surprising how very frequently that Monday arrives and how very different the drawings can become.
What a sense of accomplishment this drawing gave me today. I still used every type of pencil I own, my new colored Pigma pens and even the Caran d’Ache Neo Color II crayons. I scribbled those crayons heavily into a small place on a paper plate, then used a wet paintbrush to dissolve them so I could apply them to the drawing. I actually could see that I had made progress in dealing with these different mediums. It wasn’t until after I’d finished that I realized this was actually a “roots” drawing.
The India ink drawing at the left is one of the very first things I ever purposefully did as an artist way back in the 1980s. Eventually I began to add loose watercolor washes over the drawing. It was that simple beginning that makes this multi-medium process and progress so exciting to me today.
I bought myself a set of 16 colored Pigma Micron pens to play with. This is just a beginners version of using them but it satisfied my goal of not using black lines or a black pen to achieve darks. This is worth another try. Next goal…more deliberate lines and marks to create shading.
I had every pencil-shaped medium I own out and used most of them. I’ve owned these pens, pencils, Caran d’Ache crayons for a long time and never done much with them so this is really good for me to learn what they can and can’t do AND what I can and can’t do.
Makes for a lot of “tools” to put away!