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!

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

June Plumeria

It was the best intention, really, to take a few days, a few moments, to wander about the yard, painting and sketching, posting #NatureDoodlewash and joining in with Charlie, (from Doodlewash), and his fun plans for June. Then one thing led to another, a flower reminded me of a painting done last summer which included plumeria blossoms and mangos, it started me wondering if it might be fun to revisit the subject, which took me back inside to the easel, splashing in paint and water, visiting memories and shutting the door on my ‘hiking’ in the yard. Easily distracted it seems.

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A result of my distraction.

Now we are counting the days, minutes even, to July’s debut of National Watercolor Month. All one has to do is visit Facebook to get a sense of the excitement and energy that is building, on an international level, for the start of Charlie’s 31 day National Watercolor Month challenge and fundraising for the Zebra Foundation. To get a feel for it, visit here, watch the video, start getting your painting gear together and join the rest of us as we wait, excitedly and with eager anticipation for the start of July.

In the meantime, there is still June, where have all the days gone? So out the door I go, and with determination not to be distracted I am met again by white plumeria blossoms waving at me brightly under a summer sun. Feels like déjà vu.

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Focus on the flowers…

The Singapore plumeria tree, our Grande Dame of the yard, despite the cat’s opinion, is wearing her summer frock of dark green glossy leaves.  A few months ago a single white flower bloomed on one of the lower branches and was promptly plucked by a howling northerly wind, our rainy season’s final stormy tantrum.

It seemed that the tree did not approve of losing the blossom so early, and as if overnight, with island magic, large bouquets of white plumeria began to flower all over the dark canopy.  The white flower petals easily reflecting the light of sun and moon had become a gleaming defiant crown of heavily scented blossoms for the tree.   Now as ocean trades slip by, the large clusters of flowers, nestled among the dark green leaves, nod and sway gracefully in the breezes, as if dancing to the song of summer.

Plumeria Sketching

Plumeria sketching

National Peace Rose Day

Peace Rose

Peace Rose

Continuing with Charlie’s invitation to find a day to doodle from National Calendar Days, today, (April 29th), is National Peace Rose Day.

War was on the horizon when French horticulturist Frances Meilland developed a hybrid tea rose with petals light yellow to cream-colored and edged with crimson pink.

Wanting to protect the new rose, cuttings were sent away to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the United States.  One story has it that the cuttings sent to the United States made it out on the last flight just ahead of the German invasion of France.

The rose cuttings thrived, and because the war prevented communications between the growers, different names were given to the new rose. In Italy, it was called Gioia, meaning Joy, while Germany named the rose Gloria Dei, for glory to God.  In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother, and is the official cultivar name for the rose.

As the Second World War finally came to a close in Europe, the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced on April 29, 1945, the name it was given in the United States, Sweden and Norway.  Later that year delegates at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations were each given a Peace rose with note that read:

“We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.”

Wishing for more trees (today, the last Friday in April, is also National Arbor Day), more roses, and of course more peace.

Ahead of the storm

Hope blossomed in foreign lands

Roses sweet as peace

 

Leading Lost Hearts Home

Shisa Companions

Shisa Companions

Started in 2014 and observed every April 23rd, today is National Lost Dog Awareness.

As described at National Calendar Days (continuing with Charlie’s invitation):

“This day was created not only to bring awareness to the dogs that go missing but to also celebrate the reunions.  Through networks of shelters, veterinaries, social media and other media sources, many lost canines are reunited with their loved ones. National Lost Dog Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn more about prevention and networking.”

Positive thoughts and prayers for the lost that they find their way home, for the searching that they find their friends, and for the many in between who help reconnect hearts.

If prayers were bells

All the world would hear ringing

Leading lost hearts home