Billy Joel Concert and today’s Sktchy

Sketches, Pen & ink, Watercolor, Sktchy, Tombow

Last night, John and I attended the Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden.  I haven’t seen ol’ Billy in concert since the early ’80’s.  

I managed to do a few sketches which I am happy about.  I used a Pilot Mini fountain pen that had not waterproof ink in it so I had to be careful when applying color.

Lots of fun, didn’t play Captain Jack….bummed about that, he always played it in Philly, but overall, he’s a lot of fun!

Here is today’s Sktchy

Fountain pen maintenance day

Hand Lettering, Pen & ink, Sketches, Sktchy, Watercolor

Fountain pens must either be used daily or they need to be flushed weekly.  Today was flushing day…..shamefully, a few pens needed a cold bath today….however, all are well and happy now.

Today, I took a J Harbin mini fountain pen on a road test.  After I flushed it I filled it and used it to sketch this chicken…..

I love the color of this chicken and may revisit this subject another time. I have had this little fountain pen for a while and it is a bit banged up but It performed well when sketching this. I used to have Pilot pink ink in it and never used it. I cleaned and reloaded it with Noodlers Bullet Proof Ink and as you can see, it handled the drawing quite well and it didn’t run when watercolor was added.


Today’s sketches

Colored pencil, Gouache, Pen & ink, Sketches, Sktchy

This morning I went out and sat by the water to do this.  I really need to tweak my car set up because it is a awkward to paint in the car.  It is still too chilly for me to sit outside especially when recovering from being sick, so sitting in the car keeps me out of the elements.    The sun was out but was slowly fading…I made the best of my time out.  

This was painted with goauche over a grey acrylic underpainting.  The grey underpainting made this pretty dark but I like how the underpainting has the “feel” of how the muted winter day looks.

“Waiting for the summer”  was done in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook with gouache and fine tuned with color pencil.  It’s one of the ferries that goes to Fire Island.

The next sketxh took me about 15 minutes in my morning pages and was done with ball point pens….

Haiku drawings

Pen & ink, Sketches, Sktchy

Haiku drawing….exercise where you draw a subject using just 7 lines and you draw the same subject 5 times. I switched it up by using 7 colors so it was easier to actually see all 7 lines….

Another set of Haiku drawings and I am calling it a night…..I like the full black ink drawing in the upper left corner the best…which is your favorite?

Sktchy #49

Colored pencil, India ink and twig, Sktchy, Watercolor

A friend of mine suggested that I take some photos of my work space because people like to see where art is created.

Here are two photos, one is of my desk where I do sketching/small works, and one of my drafting table, where I tape down larger works that do not need an easel…..none of my pastels are done on this side of the studio.

My desk holds everything I need within reach to create sketches and small water-based works.  You see small mason jars of colored pencils, various jars of brushes used for different purposes, pens, paint markers, Tombow markers, tools, wipes (which are really important when spilling ink 😂).  My model horse friends should pick up on a few things, my high school friends should recognize the statue of the “Winged Victory,” and my Philadelphia Sketch Club friends may recognize the Jersey Devil done by Rik Viola.

Yes, that is a photo of Man O’War.

This is my drawing table where I do larger water media based work. The pink chair in the corner is where I take breaks (yeah, gets used more by hubby). The drawing table was a college graduation gift from my friends Marie and Mark (yes, still have it.) 

And now, for this evenings posted Sktchy….this was a day long project because it was several layers of washes, then I had to let it dry completely before I drew the tree with a twig and India Ink.

“Twilight” #49

Today’s Sktchy is not a sketch….

Pastel, Sktchy

“Nocturnal Palm” I have painted palms and other trees nocturnally many times….the most fun was painting around midnight after a night out….lol….the local cops must have thought those crazy artists with the lights on their heads were nuts….the best part of plein air painting is painting nocturnes….. Can’t wait to get back to Florida to paint more palm trees. This is an 11×14 pastel.

Reference photo courtesy of Walter Das_Wolf on the Sktchy app..,,,

Damn, now my fingers will be blue for the rest of the weekend! 

Today’s sketch #47

Pen & ink, Sketches, Sktchy, Watercolor

This one is a little bit creepy and I believe it’s the origins of the grim reaper image….like it  doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

#47 Middle Ages “bio hazard” suit