I brought back a couple of palm tree paper sketchbooks from Mexico for Nicole and Alexis.  They were wise to leave them unopened and to eventually give them back to me.  I haven’t found a medium yet that adheres well to the odd paper.

Trumpet Parts No. 45, India Ink

I thought India ink would stick to almost any kind of paper.  Already Sharpie markers, watercolor and fountain pen had failed miserably.

Trumpet Parts No.46, India Ink, Ciao Copic Marker, Gouache and Casein

I’ll try acrylic paint next.  Maybe that will work.  I don’t give up easily.

Sketchbook drawings: India Ink using Kuretake Ink Brush.  Bottom Image has combination India Ink, Gouache and Casein followed by a few ink lines drawn in with a fountain pen.

Fortunately, Tom allows my trumpet parts to remain on the table during dinner.  I had moved the trumpet slightly to make room for a platter.  The light was right, the angle perfect, my eye level even with the three empty valve casings.  The trumpet balanced, silhouetted against an illuminated sky.

Trumpet Parts No. 32

Eating dinner was a challenge with such a fabulous abstraction in front of me.  By the time the plates were cleared, the moment was long gone.  This morning I attempted to recreate that moment.  I’ll try again, giving more emphasis to the open valve casings. I want strong contrast between background and trumpet while still indicating form in the darks.  The value scale is critical in the drawing I see in my mind.

Drawing:  Drawn first with fountain pen followed by Ciao Copic Markers.

My tax preparation is complete , I think.  Regardless of my level of organization, important details slip through the cracks.

Trumpet Part posing with Sculpture

The freedom I expected to feel hasn’t made its presence known yet.  Fortunately, I grabbed my sketchbook rather than work on something serious.  After completing this playful sketch of a trumpet part posing with Alexis’ abstract sculpture of a figure I started a more detailed contour drawing / painting of a trumpet part.  The drawing went well enough.  The watercolor washes left a lot to be desired.  Two disasters later, I created a third version by making a collage of the first two.  I’ll post it on Creative Color tomorrow morning. (Link to Post-It’s Only Paper)

Sketchbook Drawing:  Trumpet Parts No. 28, drawn first with ink followed by Ciao Copic Markers.  I kept to a middle range value scale.

I don’t dry dishes.

Dishes in the Drainer

I draw them instead.  The Ciao Copic Markers make it so easy to indicate values quickly to test the strength of the composition.  They are portable and fun.  Combine them with a fountain pen and you can sketch quickly without worrying about drying time … ignore the pun.

Drawn first with a fountain pen filled with a mix of red and black Noodler’s Inks, followed by Copic Markers for value.

Late at night before I drop into bed I enjoy ending the day with a contour drawing.  Ciao Copic Markers are great for quickly adding values to the contour drawing.

Rotary European Style Telephone

This phone has lived beside my bed for the last sixteen years.  It was one of those things I always wanted.  Okay… I’ve had enough of it now.  For the last five years it has been a nuisance and I am now done with it.

Drawing: Drawn first with Noodler’s Flex Fountain Pen filled with a mix of green and black inks, followed by Ciao Copic Markers

Six decades ago my father fought forest fires in Idaho.

My father's boots

He and his lab partner, Merle Bunker, hitchhiked to Idaho from Indiana, stopping along the way to invest in a good pair of boots.  We found my father’s boots in the attic in Martinsville when we cleaned out the house in September.  Why did he keep these boots long after he stopped wearing them?  Why do I still have my Super Guides hanging from a nail in my own attic three decades after I stopped mountaineering and ice climbing? Hmmmmmmmm.  Maybe I should draw those, too, so that I can let go of them.

Sketch: Contour drawing drawn first with Waterman Phileas fountain pen filled with black ink followed by Ciao Copic Markers.

The pin oak tree in my backyard creates dramatic patterns, especially in the morning light.

Pin Oak and Morning LIght

I can’t put off attempting to capture some of its majesty even if it is only selecting a few of the shapes that delight me.

Sketch: Drawn first with Noodler’s Fountain Pen filled with Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher blue ink, followed by Ciao Copic Markers