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.
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!
I had so much fun with this crazy method last week I decided to try again. In fact I may just keep going with it to see how much better I
can get at it. See all my 2015 drawings so far.