Plays With Pencils

Possum Patty from Pencil-vania Illustrating Life

Monday, February 27, 2017

Art and Oatmeal: sunflower vase with Lamy fountain pen and watercolor wash


Wonky but fun!


Art and Oatmeal with Sliced Honeycrisp Apples and a sunflower vase.


Lamy Safari pen. Don't even remember where I got this sketchbook! It says BG Green Sketchbook, Metro Books. Nice smooth paper and it even took a little bit of wash with just a hint of wrinkle.









Monday, February 20, 2017

Tree #144/10,000 "Friendship is a sheltering tree." Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Black Chinese ink and watercolors in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.


Sketching in the Kitchen with Kay.







Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just sketching Felines with a Fine Line Pen...


I was given the challenge of drawing with a Stables Ultra Fine pigment pen until in ran out of ink. So here are four pages of gesture drawings from life that I did by following my cats around over the course of 3 days.


First page. There are two cats individually labeled "tt" for Titi and "sw" for Stinky. Stinky is not fat, she just spreads easily.


Titi is an Abyssinian. Look in the Cat Encyclopedia under "most destructive cats ever." 


Titi is a runt with a very large self-image. Her full name is larger than she is - Queen Nefertiti.


Pen not empty yet. Crescent marker journal.




Monday, February 13, 2017

One Drawing a Day (the book) - Day 26 - Clouds


More clouds! The clouds today were moving very quickly. Wind gusts 40 to 60 mph at ground level. The wind must have blown a tree or branch onto the power lines because our electricity went out for about 90 minutes. Derwent Sketching dark wash 8B pencil in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Whistle Pig...


First Sundays are Nature Journaling days at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.


Marmota monax by any other name - "Woodchuck", "Ground Hog", "Whistle Pig" - is still the "solitary marmot".  Whistle Pigs are found in the order Rodentia and the squirrel family, Sciuridae.


Their skulls are large, flat, and heavy. Unlike most other rodents their incisors are white and not orange. 



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tree #143/10,000: The Temporal Aspect of the Standing People is beyond human understanding...


Wise Old Possum Woman was contemplating the temporal aspect of trees when she saw one in a rock.


The story in the stone inspired a journal page.


It's hard to see the texture and sheen of the page with a scan or photograph.


In the close up you can see the underpainting of light molding paste and resin sand.


The sheen is from iridescent acrylic paint.


In Kay's kitchen with acrylics and a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.