21 October 2016

a bit of sweet tea

I planned to sketch outside Thursday while the grandkids were in school, but it was just too sticky-sweaty-humid-hot. Plus I have been fighting seasonal allergies, which make my throat sore from draining sinuses. So I brewed some peach tea, sweetened with Carrie's granulated honey, then poured it over ice. When I am at Jason and Carrie's, I usually use this large mug for tea -- the art is from silly "scary" cartoon movie I've never seen, but I like how large it is.

Often, I like to paint in the shadows before adding color washes. This was sketched with a Lamy Joy 1.1 calligraphy nib and Platinum Carbon black ink.

20 October 2016

hospitality fruit

I arrived at our son's home in Beasley . . . to an empty house. Carrie was at the library studying and Jason & the three kids were at church. They live in a very lovely, peaceful site on the edge of town --- a hay field is beyond their back yard! Later, Carrie challenged me to draw her pineapple. I'm not sure she realized how slowly I sketch, even for loose sketches. Eventually I let her cut it up.

19 October 2016

my bags are packed . . .

. . . and I'm ready to go. Actually, I have arrived. I tried earlier today to post this but ran into glitches all the way. For some weird reason, we have internet at home for browsing and doing things online; we just can't upload or download anything. So I tried posting this using the Blogger app on my phone; it allows me to type in two words but closes when I try typing in the next word . . . every time.

I'm only at our eldest son's home overnight, helping them taxi the kids to and from school tomorrow. They attend school in another town from where they live, in the same district that their dad teaches. But he will be elsewhere tomorrow and their mom has to leave much earlier, in the opposite direction, to get to her job in Houston. So I'm granny-nanny for the day.

Only one tote bag needed, of course. But the smaller bag contains art supplies -- if it doesn't rain, maybe I can get some sketching time in.

18 October 2016

cotton time

Inktober ink sketch: Between Lake Sumerville and College Station, we drive past lots of fields of cotton in many, many varieties. These are apparently testing fields owned by the university --- there is even a variety with purple foliage! I drew this with J. Herbin Lie de The and Monteverde brown inks. The brown ink comes in cartridges that fit Lamy fountain pens! Both inks are water-soluble, which I used for the "washes" in this sketch.

17 October 2016


I drew my shoe while jotting down a couple of notes at church. It was simply what was in my line of vision so why not? After church we went to H.E.B. for a few groceries --- I walked all over the store in these same shoes. We drove home and, as I stepped out of the truck, I stepped down onto the gravel . . . and walked off of my shoe! At least the bottom half --- the top half was still on my foot. 

an unexpected radiance

Yesterday morning at church, with the lights dimmed as we sang praise songs shown on an overhead screen, Bill called my attention to the pulpit. Made of cedar, there are mirror inserts with an eagle and the church name etched in the mirror's surface. The sun peeked through the closed window blinds just enough to light it up!

16 October 2016

Inktober continues . . .

Bill and I keep our vitamins (and his meds) in week-long containers. As I was refilling Bill's container, I thought I might as well sketch them. Sort of a continuous line drawing that wasn't always continuous.

Three years ago Bill's cardiologist said he'd be on drugs the rest of his life following his heart attack. The heart surgeon who operated disagreed, as does our current doctor: only a baby aspirin, plus vitamin B6 and hawthorn berry to control blood pressure. The only prescription shown here is a statin, which is questionable as to whether he actually needs it.

15 October 2016

fountain pens currently in use

I've cut down on the number of my fountain pens that are inked up at the moment. Thought I would draw them for Inktober, each drawn with itself in the current ink color, and add watercolor --- but three of them are water-soluble inks and would make a mess in watercolor, so I left it as an ink drawing.

The tall Lamy Joy once again has its 1.1 calligraphy nib, and I found that I could store the next larger size calligraphy nib inside its long barrel. So when I want bolder text (like the upper right headline) I can easily switch them with a bit of paper towel to keep the mess down.

The J. Herbin Lie de The ink is actually more of a warm golden brown; I was surprised that it looks like a rich, almost chocolate brown in the photo. But the early morning light on our patio is a bit blue this morning, which affects the color quality of my sketchbook.

14 October 2016

a church in Giddings, TX

We had some extra time after eating before going to see Macy play volleyball earlier this week, so we drove around exploring this small Texas town. Across from the recently restored courthouse we found an old Presbyterian church with a beautiful steeple shining in the bright sun. Literally shining, due to it being covered in galvanized tin!

Years ago, when we owned our own plumbing business, we used to go on "get-away-from-work" trips to various small Kansas towns. A game we used to play is "guess the denomination" of old churches by the architecture --- it was usually quite easy, as each group tended to choose similar styles of their own. Not so in Texas! We can never guess the denomination by the architecture here. We would have guessed Lutheran for this building; the Presbyterian buildings we grew up around were always built of stone.

Here's the two-page spread in my sketchbook.

13 October 2016

a simple bag

Sometimes simple is all that is needed.
A drawing of my bag, with my first Lamy pen peeking out of a front pocket, sketched with another Lamy with a 1.1 calligraphy nib and Platinum Carbon Black ink (which went down VERY WET on the paper of this Field Notes memo book!)
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