Love for the Dark-eyed Junco Inspired by a freshly opened bottle of Iroshizuku Kiri-same and newly arrived Pilot Custom Heritage 74 demonstrator in Blue Stone, I draw the slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco. The pen has a bold nib, my first, showing off the shading on the excellent grey ink. Materials The fountain pen is a Pilot... Continue Reading →
This is the third year using a Hobonichi. These are small but amazingly dense day planners. Day planner doesn't describe these little jam-packed books. They mean something different to each person. Deeply personal, planner's planner, sketchbook, journal.
After a full year of assisting a bi-weekly watercolor class, I feel comfortable with the medium. Watercolor has expanded my ink drawing toolset with improved washes and line work. Unyielding and unwilling to give watercolor the time it needs, convinced I would never grow to like it, I am now all-in. Not strictly watercolor, I... Continue Reading →
In this drawing I solely relied on fountain pen. This is a more typical nest in that it's what most of us picture when we hear the word.
I’ve wanted to study nests closely for several seasons. According to field guides on my bookshelf, it is an essential and rewarding part of birding. Studying small housings built by Goldfinches show remarkable craftsmanship of glued hair, thin strings of sticks, and stems woven seamlessly into spider silk.
Shading with two blue fountain pen inks, drawing with newly returned Pilot Vanishing Point from repair and, these Black-throated Blue Warblers were the celebration
warmups. I went straight to drawing the adorable bird. While the nib's angle is 55º, my experience was 180º from two years ago. As if I had been drawing with the pen for two years. Incredible fun and quick, expressive strokes.
Developing my first landscape in pen and ink Knee Deep in Cranberry Sauce Two lies. Honestly. Among Polish, Cuban, Ecuadorian and Germans attending our family's annual feast to kick off the shopping spreeson cranberry sauce aficionados are out of luck. Wait. No. Neither the pound of assorted rugelech or half dozen strudels will be filled... Continue Reading →