Inktober 2017 Week One

A fun first week of Inktober.  With so many tempting prompts from different people the imagination is easily distracted in too many directions.  Taking some pointers from veteran participants I have set a few limitations for myself, to see me through the rest of the month.  Nothing too restrictive just a few things like theme, keeping it simple, time limits on drawing and inking, (I can easily get lost in a drawing and forget all about time passing), and the number of prompt lists to look at.  So far I have been following Mr. Jake Parker’s list @Inktober. Everything is open to interpretation and it is a fun challenge to figure out a few concepts and how they fit within a theme.  Of course I tell myself if the mental wheels hit a wall, I can always hop over to someone else’s prompt or just do whatever comes to mind.  Remembering that the whole point of the exercise is to get back to daily drawing and to have fun is important and helps immensely.

So here is my line up for the first week and I must admit, it is nice to have the first few pages of my new sketchbook filled with ink.

Have a great week.

Hello Inktober…October!

Here in the islands summer is not yet giving in to a change of season except for the occasional breeze that brushes past and whispers of cooler nights to come.

When the humidity gets too high, the drying time with my watercolors becomes a sort of guessing game, giving me a good excuse to play with pen and ink instead, and just in time to join in the fun with Inktober started by Mr. Jake Parker (@inktober and @jakeparker).  The idea is to do an ink drawing a day for the 31 days of October, and posting them to Instagram with #inktober and #inktober2017.  There is also an official Inktober prompt list for anyone wanting drawing ideas.

If ever there was a fun way to get back into using the sketchbook on a daily basis this is it.  All one needs is ink and something to draw on.  And with so many other prompts and challenges floating around on Instagram for instance, (including Charlie’s World Watercolor Group’s prompt ideas),  it can feel like being a kid in a candy store of creative inspiration and fun.

To start off October I pulled ideas from a couple challenges and prompt lists and just let imagination wander.  The first one was done in my bullet journal, (part planner, holder of ideas, and playground for doodles).

01 October 2017 Bullet Journal

The second was in a new and inexpensive sketchbook with the hope to get at least the first few pages inked so the rest of the scary blank white pages are not so scary anymore.

01 October 2017 Inktober

 

Happy Inktober everyone!

World Watercolor Month 2017: Final Day

It is Monday, the last day of July.  Outside I can hear birds singing their summer songs while the sky seems to be a pale watercolor wash of blues and grays, hinting at storms far out to sea.

The days have tumbled to the end of a month long celebration of World Watercolor Month.  My Stillman & Birn sketchbook is nearly filled and is a delightful souvenir of this month’s adventures with watercolor, exploring old ideas and discovering a few new ones.  As always, events such as this are fun and inspiring, especially when seeing so many from around the world participating in the creative joy of painting.  I hope everyone else who participated had an enjoyable celebration and is ready for more watercolor adventures in the months ahead.

July 29 & 30Holding Summer Roses

Catching up on World Watercolor Month : Week 3

How quickly time flies, as swift as an island trade breezing off the ocean, brushing past for a cooling moment and then gone.

As week three of celebrating World Watercolor Month nears its end I cannot help but look back and wonder where did the time go?  All that I have are small painted sketches to remind myself of the days now turned into memory.

This year I am painting in a smaller format, wanting to fill out a Stillman & Birn beta series hardbound, (5.5 x 8.5) sketch book, and limiting myself to the paints from an old Winsor and Newton watercolor field box.

The paper I use most often is Arches 140# cold press, and my palette is filled mainly with transparent watercolors from Daniel Smith and M. Graham.  So other than the smaller size, using a different palette has been a bit of a challenge.  I have also been using my Pigma Micron ink pens.  Something about the format makes me want to doodle with ink, and it has been fun.

Hope everyone is having just as much fun celebrating the month with watercolors, and of course, with cooling breezes to keep you company and help the paint dry.

Moon Wishes

Moon Wishes

 

 

Happy World Watercolor Month 2017

Pua Melia

Pua Melia : Watercolor 22″ x 15″

A lei worn with aloha can be for hello, good-bye, love, and celebration, or…just because…like now, just because it is the start of July which brings back World Watercolor Month started by the talented Charlie .  After all the fun adventures last year, thought it would be a good time to come back and enjoy the celebration among friends near and far.

Happy World Watercolor Month everyone, let the fun begin!

 

 

 

…And Dreams to Come

changing-season

Changing Seasons

Ocean winds sing while rain and thundering surf tell stories of memories and dreams to come.

To our wonderful WP blogging community, dear friends, and visitors, a heartfelt thank you for a year of kindness, encouragement, and friendships.  As we turn the page my wish for you is a year filled with wonder and creative works, days filled with peace, love, and every sort of kind and good thing, and nights filled with music for the soul and sweet dreams of inspiration.

Peace.

Before October Disappears

The days slip by so easily and so quickly. Before October disappears like the mist I had wanted to get at least one inky post in for “Inktober“.

passing-dreams

Watching Dreams Pass By

Mist and moon shadow

Ferry hopes and starlit dreams

Trees dance in the night

-HKMB

World Watercolor Month: Final Week + 2

Time flies when there is fun to be had, and July has done just that.

Under a darkening sky that seems to want to paint the yard in its own version of watercolor, Charlie’s challenge of painting a watercolor a day to celebrate the First Annual World Watercolor Month comes to a close.

Of  course that doesn’t mean painting and creating daily comes to a halt, maybe just not on 11″ x 15″ sheets of watercolor paper. A return to the sketchbook for a daily routine while a more slower pace with anything larger in size seems to be in order.

It has been a delightful month, and I am both inspired and left in awe of those around the world as well as in our blogging community who came together to share their love of watercolors on a daily basis.  My souvenir from this wonderful adventure is a neat pile of 31 quarter sheets holding painting ideas, experiments, and many things I want to  improve upon. The last group to be added to July’s works are from this past week and 2 days. Influenced by passing storms, and playing with fanciful notions, these final sketches in watercolor will remind me of options on approach with backgrounds and maybe a couple of thematic ideas.

The rain is falling, creating little puddles of reflected color in the yard. It makes me think of the puddles of paint in my palette that need to be cleaned up and the brushes waiting to be rinsed and put aside to dry, …until the next adventure in watercolor.

World Watercolor Month: Week Three

 

The sky looks like a pale under painting and the air is heavy with pending rain.

This week has been full of challenges, namely weather and time. But keeping in mind this month is about playing in watercolors and having fun, the challenges are turned into opportunities for creative thinking…well, that was the idea anyway. There were still moments I wished for more time in the day to spend on a painting, moments where I kept whispering to myself, “I have time…just a little more…”, then looking over my shoulder and half expecting to see a white rabbit shaking their pocket watch at me and telling me to hurry it up and move on.

So this week’s paintings are more like doodles of ideas that I might revisit in the future, and a fun exercise in finding moments to stop and allow my imagination a little time to play with paint.

Now where did that rabbit go?…