Yesterday I completed the last of the 100 drawings / paintings in the Trumpet Parts Series.

Trumpet Parts No. 100 with the felt ball I made for Baer’s 3rd Birthday (today).  The roving was from Tari’s sheep.

The last three drawings are ink squiggle drawings.  I will keep only my favorite piece, T2-R2, from the box of bent and broken trumpet parts.  I enjoyed every moment of working on the series.  The series began in April of 2011.  It documents the passage of time, the change of seasons, my interests, my experiments with a variety of media and styles, as well as the development of The Color Scheme Game.

Trumpet Parts No. 98

Most of the series was done in sketchbooks, helping me to fill the remaining blank pages of at least seven of the sixty-six incomplete sketchbooks on my bookshelves.

Trumpet Parts No. 99

The series acted as a mirror, making me aware of my work habits, my style preferences, my color preferences as well as the consistency of quality (and absence of quality) that is directly connected with the level of focus on the work.

The entire series (minus a few that were horrific) may be viewed in the Trumpet Parts Album of  my facebook page Chris Carter Artist.

Moving on …….

Sketchbook Drawings:  drawn with Noodler’s Neponset fountain pen (fabulous pen!) filled with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness Ink.

I couldn’t resist at least one more ink squiggle drawing of my Trumpet Parts before I reach the end of the series.

Trumpet Parts No. 97, Ink Squiggle Drawing

I find myself having rested on my current plateau a tad too long, staring at the rock face of the cliff on the far end of the plateau.  Time to start the ascent to the next level.  With that in mind, I will be posting less frequently on this blog as well as the Creative Color blog, perhaps only once or twice a week.  Thanks for viewing the blogs, for your comments, and for your continued support.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn with Noodler’s Neponset fountain pen filled with Heart of Darkness Ink.

This modified triad color scheme is the same as an extended analogous color scheme with two colors omitted.

Trumpet Parts No. 96

Blue / Violet, Blue / Green and Green / Yellow.  The Two colors omitted are Blue and Green.  I felt like the color sketch was screaming for a bit of orange so I filled in the closed shapes in the title and date.  Whew….. a bit of relief from the overpowering frogginess of the trumpet parts.

Sketchbook color sketch: drawn first in ink with fountain pen, followed by watercolor on thin, wrinkly paper.

Sometimes the ink bleeds a bit too much.

Trumpet Parts No. 89, Complementary Color Scheme

I’m going to try a few more experiments on this sketchbook drawing, but want to post the original version of it before I attack with more line drawing of pea plants and maybe a bit of gouache to tame the ink bleed.

The paper in my sketchbook is extremely absorbent.  I thought I had mixed plenty of the blue-violet mix for the background of the upper rectangle.  I hadn’t.  I ran out before I could complete the top left corner.  Not wanting a hard line, I quickly mixed what I thought might be close …. no time to test ….. have to keep the puddle moving.  I was a bit too blue and too saturated.

In spite of its problems, I had a great time both drawing and painting this combination of trumpet parts and the plants outside my back door.

Trumpet Parts No. 89 Revised

Later ….. I did add more ink and watercolor, but I didn’t add gouache to cover the bleed.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with Noodler’s Flex Fountain Pen followed by watercolor.  The color scheme and dominant color was determined by the throw of my twelve-sided die.  Complementary Color Scheme (Violet and Yellow)

I should have been at a jam, painting my friends making music together.  Instead, I was at ArtWalk in downtown Bethlehem on Memorial Day Weekend (when everyone has left town) in the middle of a thunderstorm.  Sitting outside with one’s art is not the best choice in the pouring rain.  Fortunately, I was able to move inside and spend a couple of ours catching up with a good friend, Gayle, who was minding the shop at Artfully Elegant.  Thanks to Gayle, I didn’t go home and slit my throat.

When I find myself at the end of a rope ….. any rope ….. I tell myself that the answer to my problem is simply to get better at what I do.

New and old drawing tools

The trumpet parts had not lined up well in Trumpet Parts No. 87.  First thing this morning, I made myself a grid guide (inspired by the one I saw in Nikolay’s hand at a plein air event last month).  I carefully drew the bent trumpet part, checking and correcting…. checking and correcting. I even hunted down two erasers.  I rarely use an eraser.  Hah!  The parts lined up! I’m sure you can’t tell in this photo.  I incuded my Waterman Phileas fountain pen, and the great leather case (contribution from Nicole), in the photo because it’s about to make its mark on the paper.  Hopefully I haven’t destroyed the surface too much with all my erasures.  I’m not used to drawing in pencil first …. then inking.  I much prefer to start right in with ink and go where my eye leads me, even if it’s down a winding, nonsensical path.

As I near the end of this series of One Hundred Drawings of Trumpet Parts I am faced with a dilemma. A little voice inside my head continues to whisper “Do what you love and the money will come.”  Do what I love?  Should I start another 100 drawings of my bent trumpet parts?

What do I love to draw and paint?  I love drawing dancers in motion, musicians playing …. alone or with others ….. I love throwing paint and bringing nude figures out of the splotches and splatters …. I love plein air painting.  I love starting the day with an ink contour drawing of my bent trumpet parts and adding color with watercolor.

What do I love the most?  Right now I would have to say that it is painting to live music …. letting my dip pen dance across the paper and the watercolor flow over the ink to the patterns and rhythm of the music.  Is there a market for such a thing?  I doubt it.

What I find absurd is that all the other drawing and painting I do is just an exercise to get better at drawing and painting so that I can respond completely intuitively to that incredible moment of motion, rhythms and patterns I experience when listening to live music.

A huge thanks to all the musicians who have created those magical moments for me to attempt to express.

I didn’t really care about selling paintings last night at ArtWalk, I just wanted to share them with friends and strangers.  Of the two people who walked by, one of them made it worth the week of matting and the lugging back and forth of the art.  She looked at the paintings and said ” How strange ….. when I look at these, I actually hear the music.”  She pointed to one ….. “I can hear the jazz of New Orleans in this one!”

Thank you!

Last night was the last of the Artsquest RiverJazz performances.  The Saucon Valley High School Jazz Ensemble opened for the Kevin Eubanks Jazz Band.  Another fabulous night of music !

Rene Camacho playing stand up bass with Kevin Eubanks

My favorite painting of the night is of Rene Camacho playing his unusual stand up bass.

I’ve posted the rest of the paintings on my ‘Chris Carter Artist’ Facebook page.  SteelStacks RiverJazz Musicians

Sketch: drawn first with dip pen followed by watercolor

Feels great to return to the Trumpet Parts Series.

Trumpet Parts No. 86

After working on the monochromatic wall mural for two weeks straight, playing with brilliance of watercolor on my trumpet parts was a welcome change.  I stayed with an extended analogous color scheme, avoiding blue through red.

Only fourteen more trumpet part drawings to go….. How sad it will be for the series to end.

Sketchbook drawing:  Drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.  The purple, vertical lines are the stitches in my coptic bound watercolor paper sketchbook.