Inktober 2017 wrap…hello November

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” –John Steinbeck

 

I am familiar with the art rabbits, get them all the time when staring at a blank piece of watercolor paper.  But I see that my resident dust bunnies have expanded the tribe a bit to now include plot bunnies.  This can only mean one thing, November has arrived and Nanowrimo is on.

But before I can get started on chasing 50,000 words to write while avoiding roving bands of plot bunnies, am taking a moment to say “thank you Mr. Parker for a fun adventure with Inktober“, and to post the final ink drawings.  This was my first time drawing and posting every day on Instagram, which was a challenge in itself, but in the end I did walk away from the experience with a few personal lessons and insights into my own art.  Aside from the gratification of completing what seemed like a daunting challenge, there was the daily inspiration gained from seeing so many wonderful artists who express themselves and their visions so eloquently with ink.  It was certainly a learning experience and I look forward to continuing the exploration and adventure with ink but without the daily postings…lol.

Wishing everyone a creative November!

Inktober 2017- weeks two and three

Weeks two and three of Inktober and the fun continues.  There is a stronger sense of challenge now, not so much in finding the time to draw, but more along the lines of thinking up ways to express the ideas and concepts from Mr. Jake Parker’s prompt list @Inktober.  Words like “screech” or “filthy”, not subjects I would normally think of drawing, had me putting on my thinking cap, as well as wondering why do I get myself into these types of month long challenges, (of course I say that laughingly as I start to plan for November’s month long challenge of Nanowrimo…but that is another story), … lol.   Originally I had expected to bounce back and forth between all the fun lists and prompts other people had posted, but settled instead on sticking to one list and the challenge that alone would pose, as well as the challenge of posting everyday on Instagram…so many challenges rolled up into one little thing…lol.

Anyway, these were my offerings to Inktober during weeks two and three, I hope you enjoy them as much as I had fun making them.

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!

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.

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?…

 

World Watercolor Month: Week Two

It is Aloha Friday in the islands and the second week of the World Watercolor Month challenge seems to have rushed by like ocean trade winds sweeping along the shore line.

This week was full of experimenting, playing with colors, going in all sorts of directions, and asking myself “How much is too much and how little is too little?” It will be fun to look back at the end of the challenge and see what studies can be developed for larger paintings, and what sorts of ideas or patterns emerged.  But until then there is fun to be had while paint brushes dance along the water’s edge across paper shores.

Draw a Bird Day: African Silverbill…maybe

Outside the room where I usually paint, there is a boisterous Tithonia Diversifolia, sometimes called a tree marigold, Mexican sunflower, Japanese sunflower, or Nitobe chrysanthemum. Throughout the day the tall shaggy plant dances to passing breezes and seems to collect birds of all types.  Yesterday a small flock of petite sepia brown birds joined in the afternoon dance, hopping among the leaves and dried seedpods of the sunflower tree.  Yesterday, was also “Draw a Bird Day”, celebrated by our blogging community on the 8th of every month and currently being hosted by Laura at Create Art Every Day.  These little feathered visitors seemed to be volunteering as subject matter for a painting.

I am guessing, as they blended in so well with the dried leaves and managed to flit quickly from spot to stem, that they might be the African Silverbill, or Lonchura Cantans. Long known in the islands as the “Warbling Silverbill”, (which turns out to be a different species altogether and a whole different story), these tiny Silverbills are thought to have been released on the Big Island of Hawai’i in the mid 1960’s.  Since then they have managed to fly across island channels and established themselves throughout the island chain.   Considering they are roughly 3 inches in length, give or take, that they navigated over rough ocean waters just boggles my mind with admiration and amazement.

Always a welcome distraction to the day and a delight to watch, they often travel in little groups sitting on tall stalks of grass and plucking seeds or nesting material, or visiting the shaggy sunflower tree outside my window and making the most of what it has to offer.

A bit late in the posting, taking time from today’s painting to finish what was started yesterday. These small feathered charmers are a subject I would like to revisit again, maybe even figure out if they are Silverbills or some other bird like a Waxbill instead.  Any excuse for taking a time-out to sit and keep company with these tiny warbling little birds.

African Silverbills copy

African Silverbills…maybe?