Last week I signed up for my friend, Jackie's pen and ink class. Her subject matter was some old mailboxes along a road. But I immediately thought of OUR old chipped mailbox up north in Wisconsin standing forlornly or maybe resolutely in front of our cabin sign. The cabin name of "Rip's Place", by the way, is a reference to Rip Van Winkle who's ability to sleep was legendary.
The cabin is a great napping place. (Note, we once had someone come to the cabin door asking for Rip. How we laughed.)
So instead of Jackie's idea...I adapted it. So much more fun to have it portray something that has personal meaning, right? This is a quarter sheet of Arches 140# watercolor paper and Sakura Micron Pens, 01, 03 and PN.
Above is just about an hour and half worth of beginning work. I am enjoying the pen and ink. Of course I work with pen and ink often in Zentangle and sketch in my sketchbooks in pen and ink all the time. But this is an "extension" of that.
It's a relaxing medium to work in...detailed but gentle and soothing to create. Just the beginning of the pine tree in the right upper corner is what I'll work on next. I decided I wanted a good photograph of pine needles before I went further. There are so many kinds of pines! We have a number on our property.
I do intend a little color on this when I am done. Jackie says you can "rouge" it in oil, you can use pastel, colored pencil, or watercolor. It'll be watercolor for me. But just exactly what colors or which things will get color? I'd like to keep it subtle. I want it to be about ink...not about color. So we'll see. Keep watching.
Meanwhile I am getting ready for total knee replacement of my left knee on March 12. The amount of preparation for this is amazing...tons of testing and MRIs etc. I even have to go to "Knee School" one afternoon. In between these stressful things will be a very nice project to work on.
Spring is coming here to central Florida...the azaleas are blooming and many of the flowering trees in wild pinks and yellows. The grass is bright green due to recent rains and soon the oaks will drop their leaves as the new leaves push out. Falling leaves and raking is a SPRING chore in Florida. We expect 80s most of this week.