Inktober 10, 11, 12.

I am happy to be able to say that I m still going strong with inktober even though some prompts are getting really challenging.

Inktober 10 Snow. My daughters are enthusiastic snowboarders so I didn’t have a shortage on action shots to choose from. I quite like this one for its typical snowboard posture. Ink wash and prera fountain pen in Stillman and birn sketchbook.

oct 11 Snow

Inktober 11. Pattern. The best patterns anre always found in nature as seen in this cabbage. Lamy safari fountain pen and inkwash.

oct 10 Pattern

Inktober 12. Dragon. I was totoally dumbstruk wih the prompt dragon and this poor fellow is the result of my struggle. Prera fountain pen and inkwash.

oct 12 Dragon 2

Inktober 7,8,9.

I am really enjoying doing these inksketches. If only now I can start thinking outside the box..

Inktober7: Nibpen and wash in Stillman and birn sketchbook.

“Enchantée, dlighted to make your acquintance”.

oct 6 Enchanted

Inktober 8: Frail. Collage, ink and nibpen in Stillman and birn sketchbook.

Two chicks

oct 8 Frail

Inktober 9: Swing. Brushpen in Stillman and birn sketchbook.

Tee-off.

oct 9 Swing

Inktober 4,5,6.

The next three inktober contributions. I am still finding it difficult. It is as though my originality has dried up. I think a good idea would be to continue doing inktober drawings until the end of the year. By then I should at least have found some zing.

Inktober 4: Build. Ink and pen in stillman and birn sketchbook.

This wheelbarrow has seen better days, but it can still get the job done.

oct 4. Freeze

Inktober 5. Freeze. Ink and nib pen in stillman and birn sketchbook.

This is the African penguin, commonly known as the Jackass penguin.

octr 4. Freeze

Inktober 6. Husky.Ink and wash in Stillman and birn sketchbook.

I couldn’t come up with my own reference for a husky dog, so our German shepherd was the next best thing.

oct 5; Husky-2

Two sketches

I took the day off and went galavaning. Had coffe and cake and tea, bought a Napoleon chair and a plant. And inbetween I did something useful like a sketch.

Somewhere I’ve  lost my burning desire to sketch. Apart from me feeling it, the sketches also clearly show it. They are dull and lifeless. It could be that I have started doing a lot of my first love which is oils. But I do want to sketch, there are so much around to capture in a sketch! So, the question:  will that enthusiasm to sketch return if I just keep going?

Teashop

interior salon de the

Architecture Brive la Gaillarde

Brive architecture

à bientôt

Ronell

February art: Café life.

February is a month in which many stores, restaurants and cafés close for a fortnight, taking their break before spring arrives with all its liveliness. Not much is happening in the mostly grey month of February. Everybody is cocooning and taking Prozac in front of their daylight lamps. Schools are also closed for a fortnight and the whole world goes skiing in February. Tradition. Except…this year is not a great skiing year with snow only on the highest peaks.

In the one café that is open during this month, I enjoyed my coffee and croissant. It is better than Prozac at least. It was stock full of people, being the only bar open in town, with everybody looking for a counter to lean on with their petit noir. I am not a counter girl, I prefer a table and a large one at that for all my clutter.

It is actually great sketching wise, when there are so many people in a bar. Nobody notices you giving him/her the infernal sketching glare, so drawing people is much more relaxed.

 

Streetview opposite café de la Poste in Bretenoux…Just a building across from Cafe de la Poste. I had my young German shepherd, Lindiwe with me who got impatient and I had to speed up the sketching.

Watercolor and Pilot Prera pen in Stillman & birn sketchbook, 22X14.5cm

Cafelife

sketching with Lindiwe

Café life 1, 2 3: In PMU, we all call it Cécile’s bar, life was busy and noisy and sketching went great. The only problem was that my pen got empty and it got more and more difficult to make nice dark lines.

Pilot Prera pen in Stillman & Birn sketchbook, 22×14.5cm

Cafelife-001Cafelife-002Cafelife-003

Cketching at Cecile

February art: Aquarelle in the coffeeshop.

Still digging deep to jiggle my art back up, I sat in the coffee shop this cold and miserably grey morning, squiggling lines left and right.  After a while I gave up, closed the Stillman & Birn and rove to the garden center, where I loaded my cart with shrubs and trees and perennials. Everybody else was buying forced bulbs for their homes. I was probably the single person in France out in the cold rain, behaving only as one should in the midst of spring…going out on the planting. Well. It helped. I feel I can take on some more sketching this evening…make my hands work while my head is in spring, planting.

chairs and coffee table in coffee shop

pencil in Stillman 1 Birn sketchbook, 14.5X22.5cm

prendre the

Potplants in coffee bar

Watercolour washes and Pentel brush pen in Stillman & birn sketchbook, 14.5X22.5cm

chez cecile