Moving Forward without an Eraser!
Two years ago, my anxiety level would soar when I picked up a pen to draw with ink upon a blank page. I made sure I left the house without any pencils or I would have succumbed to the crutch of erasable marks. After two years of daily drawing in my sketchbooks, I meet the challenge of any subject with pen in hand and a smile on my face. Drawing in ink had become a form of meditation. At heart, I am both a teacher and a student. As a student, I pick up pen and sketchbook each day. As a teacher, I encourage other artists to do the same.
Skat Matadors …. Drawn in ink with Pilot retractable fountain pen followed by watercolor on Rives BFK Paper. The blue ink bled into the watercolor more than I would have liked. Skat is a fabulous game of strategy introduced to me recently by an old friend. The game is German; his cards are French.
Skat Cards – König, Ass und Dame … drawn first with vintage Sheaffer Pen filled with Noodler’s Black ink, followed by watercolor on Rives BFK Paper. The medium nib of the fountain pen did not allow for the detail I wanted to capture. These cards are so exquisite that I can’t help but get a bit fussy with them.
Skat Cards – Drei Damen … drawn first with Lamy Extra Fine Nib Fountain Pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor on Rives BFK Paper. The extra fine nib was perfect to capture the facial details. The ink bled a tiny bit into the light value flesh tone of the top Damen. When the watercolor is diluted to such a great extent for the flesh tone, it is difficult to avoid ink bleed.