April Flowers

It’s nice to see these tropical colors blooming again, but the summers are long here and the hurricane season begins on June 1st. We don’t usually see hurricane threats to our area until August and September though. It’s just part of living in Florida.

For now, we will just enjoy the end of April, which means beautiful temperatures, convertible rides, and dining out by the pool. Happy Spring!

Abstract Elements

Making marks

Black Uniball pen and muted watercolors in my Hobonichi planner. Random explorations with color and line.

There is a sense of play that mark making provides. It frees up expectations and allows the hand and mind to wander together on a page.

Grey Toned Journals

Stillman & Birn Nova Series

I had a chance to try out the grey-toned Nova Series paper by Stillman & Birn this past weekend. I tried using various materials, including: water soluble oil pastels, grease pencils, regular graphite, colored pencil, gouache and acrylic paints.

I liked the way the paper handled all the materials, and the colors contrast nicely with the grey background. So far, nothing has bled through to the other side!

Time lapse painting

Valentine’s Day Tulips

Creativity in time lapse speed. Here’s a video I forgot to post where I was painting my Valentine’s Day tulips with acrylic paints on canvas paper.

 

Walnut ink drawing

Sketching with a Brause 66EF nib

I was inspired by our walk Sunday through Wekiva Springs State Park where the vegetation was showing much decay from the frosts we have had this winter. It is a transition we are used to here in Florida… the winter turns most of the tropicals into mushy pools of brown, but there is beauty in the turning towards spring.

This walnut ink color is rich and warm, and I enjoyed trying to capture some of the beauty found in our Florida winter season. I used a walnut ink that I mixed myself and a Brause 66 EF nib in a straight holder. The paper is an insert by the Traveler’s Company in Japan (Midori).

Soon, all of Florida will be green again, so I’m going to enjoy this color variety while it is here.

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Car battery fail

But my wrap sandwich is waiting for me at Publix… it’s just that kind of day. You just have to laugh at these moments.