The days we get breakfast from Maggie, Krooked cafe, usually remembered as happiest. She cooks with sun and love, she adds bits of samples of other food, home fried potatoes, salad leaves and fresh fruits. Her famous pancakes never the same, different spice or twist in flavor, combination of baked and fresh berries, dollop of maple syrup from local places. I heard she went to France to get experience. She knew my name when I use to call to preorder, so sweet, we drove to her sometimes in PJ pants, listening to loud music, happy, laughing, thankful, drugged plastic boxes home and enjoyed Gargantuan breakfast.
This time too. Was a bit chilly, but we eat outside and stared at the mountains.
I used ink, Kuretake pens on Winsor and Newton paper and, you won' believe it, Sharpie highlighter. I used 3 languages.
Went to see exhibit in the city, did few sketches on the train in Delta sketchbook. Something really attractive in combination of pencil and quick wash. I added touch of color using Multi-8 Pentel and Muji pen.
Here is the artist with the wife and his work on the walls.
Screen made from 3 canvases, second day, drying in slightly folded position, gold rim will take light stencil on the top to imitate the frame. Have to admit, I had fun. Screen would be hanging on the wall, like painting.
Always fascinated by the trees. Here was totally charmed by this big tree taking up the whole street view. Bright red hydrant adding finishing touch. I drew it first in watercolor (my Shin-Gansai from Japan), than washed it off and inked on the top. I used some amazingly strong paper, I think Winsor and Newton, it sanded off my brushes and now they lost points and I have to throw it out, which is very painful for me. Staten Island is pretty cute in many parts, just paying $13 bucks for a toll is unpleasant.
The only positive moment I see in visiting doctor's office is possibility to sketch people. No offense, to meet a good doctor nowadays is equal to a happy marriage... to a prince. I know few.
Today, I heard, the last day of the summer.
Went to Manhattan to help a friend, couldn't sketch on the way, so grabbed few minutes for a sketch later. Met couple of nice people, who will never see again. Used few water soluble pencils and wash in Moleskine, few pages left.
Drew this sketch before breakfast in Stillman and Birn little Delta sketchbook, 6"x8", using pencil and wash. Drew this water soluble pencil over the sketch. Start drawing cat but he relocate soon to my knee, to observe the room from the other side.
Sketching in the doc's office with water soluble pencil and water brush in Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. I already finished my first Stillman & Birn sketchbook, but it is hard to part, so I am randomly flipping pages and sketching on the other side of the page, because nothing is bleeding through, so I feel better that I am fully experiencing it.
I wrote "memories" in Japanese. It has sort of nostalgic feel to it, how I see it in my mind, in sepia, through the shadow of eyelashes, a bit fading, but happy. In reality, when we tired and hungry, sometimes, getting of the train it is a sweet pleasure to pick up here something on the way home, sushi or soup and eat (with a lot of pickled ginger for me) and watch TV or just chat about today's happenings or plans for tomorrow.
I used ink on old piece of watercolor paper. I used up all ink on it and now up to another trip to my big ink bottle, a happy event.
My first Gamma sketchbook by Stillman & Birn almost over, hard to part with such beautiful and reliable companion. I used it for sketching, doodling, writing memos and phone numbers, put many washes and paper sustained all my experiments.
To finish quiet evening I will repost charming DJ mix by Federico Aubele I found on Twitter. No matter what he does, for some reason it is perfectly answering my inner rhythm, with voice or just acoustics. Love his melodies.
Saw few interesting links today, while experimenting with ATC card for one artist, it is pretty hard to work on such miniature drawing.
Scanner does not pick up sparkles, so I tried to photograph it along with my pens, to indicate the size. On the left Uranus pen with dual tips, on the right Lamy Safari and my antique Art deco Smoker's pencil.
Here is the same card with sparkles looking at through the day light magnifying lamp, also one of my newest toys. Not easy to use it, hurts eyes and distorting image.
It is more like a journal page, I didn't mean to write my thoughts, especially on 2 languages, but because no matter how much I try - I can't avoid emotions, because color, smell, taste, shape, joy of being with someone you love, happiness of being able to do and feel - triggers emotions and urges me to draw.
I used ink and Kuretake pens and one Durer pencil on amazing Saunders Waterford Watercolor Paper. This paper made me breathless.
I had to go crazy bright, to support beautiful paintings they had in the kitchen on both sides. People wanted it bright.
It was fun to go wild with colors, I added touch of poly for durability, but it was hard to move paint.
I felt it was like abstract painting. Music was glaring, too much Chinese food (good one), eating on the porch, last day after a brief rain, my pants got soaking wet from the chair on the porch. It was fast and I miss it already.
I went a little bigger than usual, it is around 11"x15", Winsor & Newton paper. Wish I have bigger scanner, may be it would be possible along the road.
One of the hopeful mornings, one of the happy breakfasts, delicious sandwich with smoked salmon and eggs halfway scrambled, halfway omelet, sunny conversation, brief hug and happy painting. One of the days to remember.
Saw a movie about Seraphine Louis, French artist from the beginning of the century. Also looked a her works and found some info About her and here some images of her work. Very touching and made me think again that we all on that invisible line between fitting in and falling into our own world, where no one else could be invited.