Another sleepless night.  At 1:30 I gave up closing my eyes and reached for my sketchbook.

Dragon and Aloe Plant, watercolor value sketch

The pattern at the bottom is the afghan at the end of my bed.

The sketch began with a contour drawing using a fountain pen with brown ink.  Washes of burnt umber and ultramarine blue mixes were applied over the drawing.  The lines of the aloe plant were lost. I went back into the drawing with another fountain pen filled with black ink.  To maintain the feel of the shadow on the right, I left the brown ink outline, inspired by the results of yesterday’s sketch of the loose wires.  In that sketch I combined ink contour and pencil contour, using the pencil contour for the shadows on the wall.

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