Just a little vase using watercolor dabs and some oil pastels here and there.
Trying to play to get myself back in the mood.
But Laura wanted some line work on the trunks and this is what I came up with, spending the most time and effort on the central trunk.
The ink is going to take some getting used to as the 2 dip pens I have tend to drop blobs of color down every so often so just trying to learn with the green and yellow ink on the leaves. I don’t think marking the trunks will do anything but be a learning experience. May just use the inks for sketching.
From a photo taken in Florida of beautifully colored and shaped banyan (?) trees outside our rental that year. I’ve cut it down into a square to get rid of unnecessary stuff at the bottom (leaf litter I could not create to look right) and the top (more green) so the focus is more on those few leaves and the tree color and shape. I need to darken the tree trunks more to show the sunlight was behind them.
But I think I’ll get out my new inks and play with the leaves a bit and see what happens, just to experiment. I have 2 pens and some odds and ends of things (sticks, bamboo stick pen, etc.) to use with the inks and I’ll play with those.
I’ve been in a rut with painting and drawing lately (haven’t even finished my weekly lesson in the Strathmore Artist Series online course). But might be coming back and it seems playing with the new inks will help get me back in the mood.
I did read on the boxes of inks and found they are not lightfast - so…maybe they are just for quick sketching or learning rather than for finished works?
Sometimes you just need new art supplies. Have never tried the inks, but I think they might add interesting elements to my paintings. And have always wanted to try a Lamy fountain pen. We’ll see. Also, just a couple of well-loved colors and 2 new ones (small 5 ml) to try.