Monday, October 31, 2011


Everything about Woodstock looks a bit exaggerated, houses, streets, people, atmosphere. Every time you see something new, something you didn't notice last time.
I used Sepia ink and few Kuretake pens, and this time I used piston water brush, which feels like a real brush, with animal hair. Just have to add a bit of water by twisting barrel instead of squeezing. And if I put brush down water is seeping away.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Awesome tutorial.

Annie Strack

Wonderful way to paint water with reflections and sun.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Local road.

Small road Upstate. Trying to figure out what ink bottle would be safe for me to take on trips. Something with heavy bottom so it won't turn over. J.Herbin is not bad and it has a rest for a pen, but I want something more compact.  Gotta research it. Here I used Sepia ink and blue Kuretake pen. I really enjoy drawing country landscapes, something healthy, free, honest in it.

Friday, October 28, 2011


I used Sepia ink and touch of Noodler's Zhivago ink in Noodler's ball pen on Fabriano studio paper. First I wanted to add a color to eyes, but than decided that a hint of a glance is better than defined. The focal point here is femininity.

Photo snapped on my phone.

Such dramatic sky. Limited color, but so expressive.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Sometimes plain objects stop you on the way to tell their story, how it happened here, I felt that dry leaves flew in to remind me that autumn is real and nothing is forever.
I used ink and Kuretake pens on old paper.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Noodler's pen.

Dragging sketchbook through the day, grabbing all I can catch in my few minutes here and there.  Appreciating my new Noodler's flex pen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I used ink and Kuretake pens. Paper is way too big for the scanner, so I struggled a lot and could not fit edges.  May be I should rescan it later. I wrote "You are invited" in Swedish. I was trying to draw still life against the light, but indicate some bits of color.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Fig and berry tart. I used Sepia ink and Kuretake pens on old paper. Interesting how everything changes because of your paper choice. This paper is very old, it is probably travelled with me changing not one address, it lost its whiteness, it looks wise and witty, it takes ink lovingly.
I was charmed by open hug of this cake box, its wide wings and, of course, taste was mind blowing.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stove in old house.

Wood stove in old house. Sketch in Sepia ink while waiting. Appreciating this old beauty, remembering happy years we spent here. First page in new Moley.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cat and Mouse.


Kuretake brush pens in my new case.

I've been asked what is Kuretake, which one I use in my drawings.  I use few kinds, Twin, Brushables, Real Brush, water brushes H2O, Kuretake 13, Cocoiro  Letter pen. I like to take Kuretake brush pens with me in this roomy tall pencil case from JetPens. Here is few different kinds, some dual points, some bright, some muted colors. Looks different on different paper. Still a lot to try and experiment.

Cool link.

Cool designs.

Awesome tablet pen.

Heating spoon in your coffee.
I want one!

Simple house design.


Driving Upstate, meeting beautiful landscapes like meeting people, always a joy and surprise. Some roads don't have a shoulder, where I can park, what a pity. On Road 32  huge wet rocks with dripping water, every time passing by I stare at it helplessly with hungry love, barely enough space for cars and then sharp cliff.
Used ink on Arches here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wine shop in Hudson Valley, NY.

Accord Wine Shop. House was built in yearly 1900, first as General store, and Barber Shop with a Billiard Hall in the basement. In  1940’s it became a Liquor Store. I used ink on Arches board.

Her, him.

Sketching with Pentel ink brush and Blackwing  602 pencil while watching charming old movie "Some like it hot".

Sketches on the way.

Drawing from the car on the way on short stops, getting gas, milk, thinking, watching cars passing by.

Testing Pentel pen.

Basket with logs. Testing Pentel grey ink brush from JetPens while waiting for my friend.

Friday, October 14, 2011

At the farm.

"Story Farm" such a wonderful place, I love going there may be because they have delicious vegetables grown organically or may be because we see happy cows, milk cows. Or may be because it looks like beginning of adventure with all that crossing roads, or may be because of strawberry fields where once we picked our own strawberries in hot june few years back. We always park under that tall trees. I used ink here.


Sketches with Pentel brush in court in Harrison NY, paying for ticket. $385 ticket. How painful. My husband. I am trying not to speed and especially not to get caught.
Really like that little pen brush.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Photo I took yesterday.

Hunter Deli.

Eating outside at Hunter Deli. Scanner fell and suddenly worked once again. I am thankful. Ink and Kuretake pens on Arches pad, last page. On the top used a bit of Kutetake 13 brush pen. For the chair used cute Stabilo pen, with few drops of water got that bluish green tone. It is water soluble.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Really sad, can't make my scanner work to scan my newly finished drawing, so posting my wonderful Fellini photo to support my fading mood.

Friday, October 7, 2011

West Village.

 Scene in the City. In this weather so many street cafes bring their tables outside, fun to sketch, street signs, bus stop, colorful details of the city life. I used ink and added bits of color later with beloved Kuretake pens. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush, really enjoyed their delicate tip, since my water brushes loosing sharp point, even I tried to trim it with scissors, as advised by Laure Ferlita.
 Spent all morning fighting with scanner, lost hope, because it broke lines into red and green pixels, but my usual stubbornness worked again for me and it scanned for now. I think we should appreciate stubborn kids (my father didn't think so), because it is a sign they won't give up easily and try again and again till they may solve the problem.
 Couple of days ago I decide to get rid of my old PC and beforehand erase all data from the hard drive. I Googled how to, I made my old slowpoke connect to Internet, download program on disc and for 3 hours erase all data including operating system without any chance of recovery. That was really cool.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Colors of October. Watercolor on Fabriano Studio 140 lbs pad.   I did it at the evening of that wonderful day we spent exploring beauty of autumn Upstate. We went to get honey, fresh vegetables from the local farm, we pet cows and stare at them eating corn, we saw little exhibit in the book store, followed interesting dressed people who asked us direction to Piano museum and visited that museum ( I took some photos). We shared beer and eat delicious fruit cake my friend brought from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Most wonderful - we talked. I didn't have much time to draw.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Honey and apples.

Watercolor and Uranus pen in sketchbook. Another quick sketch while waiting.  Paper absorbs paint and eating the color. I used Rembrandt Talens watercolor. I ordered some more at Jackson's, UK, while they have sale and couple of travel brushes. I love my Da Vinci travel Kolinsky more and more because it holds shape and right amount of water just enough for half pan.

Sketch in watercolor and Uranus pen.

While being locked up and waiting used few minutes to sketch in watercolor and Uranus pen over pencil.

Sketch with Holbein water brush.

Tried watercolor pencil for sketching and my new Holbein watercolor brush I got from Laure Ferlita. I really like it, it is so big and has a nice flow, but my habit to use it flat probably will damage point soon.