The Rives BFK printmaking paper is a pleasure to work on with both ink and watercolor.  I even painted on both sides of the paper in my new coptic bound sketchbook.  Even though I painted lightly, there was no bleed through! I’ll have to test it with more saturated, wet, dark colors and see what happens.

Trumpet Parts No. 74, Ink, water and watercolor

I used a dip pen again, rather than a fountain pen, for my initial drawing.  This time I tried the Noodler’s Ottoman Azure, a beautiful, tropical blue.  When I saw that the edge of my hand was picking up some of the ink and redepositing it on the paper I decided to see what would happen if I used clear water with a brush to drag some of the azure tint into the trumpet parts.  I liked the effect.  Having played the Color Scheme Game on a daily basis for several months now, I opted for an orange shadow rather than a purple shadow, just for fun, knowing that the painting would be livelier using a complementary color scheme rather than an analogous color scheme.  A few touches of yellow here and there and I was happy.

Only Twenty Six more Trumpet Parts paintings to go!  Then it is on to a series of Hedgerow paintings.

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If it had been an oil painting I would have wiped it off the canvas after the first hour of struggle.  Instead, I continued, searching for the problems and experimenting with solution options.

Trumpet Parts No. 43 - Grasping for resolution

Leaving white paper worked well for the Oxalis Ink and Watercolor sketches.  Leaving the table white did not work well at all for Trumpet Parts No. 43.  I started off with a loose, dip pen sketch of the trumpet parts rather than the more careful contour-like sketch I usually begin with.  The choice of throwing in a window, two walls and a painting on the wall as a background turned out to be another decision that didn’t work.  To top it off, the throw of the second die sealed the fate of the misdirected sketch.  The first throw was a Two (Modified Triad) The second throw gave me a dominant color of Orange.  That left me with Orange plus Red and Yellow ….. all warm colors that fall along the top half of the value scale.

I’ve been using saturated colors when playing the Color Scheme Game, not venturing toward neutrals.  Trumpet Parts No.43 is a great example of the importance of neutrals!  Without them, in this case, there would be no darks at all except for the black ink.  I didn’t mix neutrals until my last attempt to “save” the painting, which obviously, I didn’t do.  What I learned during the four hour struggle was well worth it.  Tomorrow I will reconstruct a variation of this sketch based on what I learned from today’s efforts.  I will hold to the same color scheme and attempt to extend the value scale to include white and the darkest darks while maintaining the scheme of red, orange and yellow.

Sketchbook painting:  drawn first with dip pen and black ink, followed by watercolor and gouache …….. the images shown are the last two variations after many layers of washes, splatters and glazes.

Big Ed Sullivan’s Monday Night Blues Jam is moving to a new location.  Monday night was the last night at The Grisly Pear.

Portrait of V.d. King

My favorite painting of the night is the portrait of V.d. King.  Colors must have been inspired by the festive outfits and beads celebrating Fat Tuesday.  My corner table was occupied when we arrived.  I’ll try moving around a bit more at the new location.  A new vantage point keeps me from becoming stale (I think).

Portrait: drawn first with dip pen in ink, followed by watercolor.

This is a bit of a duplicate post, but I can’t resist.

Shadow altered by Frank

This morning I posted the original sketchbook version (far left) on my Creative Color blog.  I indicated that I was displeased with the sharpness and poor shape of the shadow in the bottom left corner.  My friend, Frank, read the post and took the time to play with digital altering of the shadow.   What a delightful surprise to find in my email when I recently took a break from working on my taxes!  Thank you, Frank!

Sketchbook drawing: drawn with dip pen and watercolor.

Facebook Album of Trumpet Parts Series: Link to Trumpet Parts Album

Last night Blues Musicians gathered at Black & Blue in Easton, Pennsylvania.  The Todd Wolfe / Rob Fraser Blues Jam lives on!

Scott Bones Ward and Bill DeHart

The first night at a new venue is always a bit shaky.  Fortunately, there’s a wide ledge for the paintings to dry on (somewhat safely).  The tables are terribly small.  I might switch to working in a large sketchbook instead of dip pen and tube watercolors.

Less than twenty blocks away from Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant, it is a different crowd.  I like variety and new inspiration.  I also like the healthier food and better ales.  I don’t, however, like the higher prices.  There is a trade off in every choice.

It was a great night.  Four lovely ladies crammed around a tiny, round table, laughing and enjoying the music.  What could be better?

Sketch: drawn first with ink using dip pen, followed by washes of watercolor