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Parking Lot

Parking Lot
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I painted on location today in a parking lot. I started by blocking in the midtone shapes in the foreground and the trees in the background with gray and brown ink using a flat waterbrush to pick ink off a paper palette. It’s a good fast way to lay out the scene on the page because you are just putting down major shapes, no detail. I then switched to watercolor and painted in the trees. I used a gel pen to sketch the cars and a brush pen to add the darks on the cars. I used a white marker to add the parking lot lines and the last thing I did was to paint the red tail lights with watercolor.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Noodler’s Benenke Black ink and a mix of black and blue Pentel Sign Pen ink applied with a Kuretake flat waterbrush, Daniel Smith watercolor, Derwent #2 round waterbrush, Pentel EnerGel 0.5 black pen, Kuretake ZIG Brushables brown and gray pens, Kuretake #13 brush pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink. Image is 16.25×5 inches (41.3×13 cm).

Jim

Cordon Road

Cordon Road
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This is very close to home, just south of Silverton Road on Cordon Road heading south. The scene is typical for late November with trees silhouetted against a spectacular backlight sky.

I drew this with ink in my sketchbook. It’s fun to smear water and ink around first with my finger to get the sky and road and then after that is dry to add detail with pen and ink. I used a combination of brush pen, fountain pen, and gel pen and a bit of white marker for the two lines on the road.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, mix of black and blue Pentel Sign pen ink, vintage Sheaffer’s Balance Black and Pearl Lifetime pen with 14K gold nib ca. 1929-30 filled with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, Kuretake #13 brush pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink, Pentel EnerGel 0.7 Black ink pen, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink. Image is 8×5 inches (20.5×13 cm).

Jim

MacLeay Road

MacLeay Road
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I did another sketch from one of the reference photos I took on the road a couple of days ago. Oregon has many beautifully scenes like this on its two lane country roads, but unfortunately there usually aren’t any places to pull off and sketch or take a picture. So, I have to settle for one taken from a moving car.

There are many ways to do a sketch. For this one, I blocked in the the color shapes first and then I added some details using a pen. It’s a good way to do it if all you want to do is quickly capture the impression of a place. You don’t waste time painting in a lot of unnecessary detail.

The other thing I tried in this one was to use a tissue to add a bit of texture to the color. I soaked up some watercolor off my mixing palette with a tissue and then dabbed it on the sketch. You can see it in the foliage on the right side and in the bushes on the left.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Kuretake large flat waterbrush, Kuretake #13 brush pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink, Pentel EnerGel 0.7 Brown ink pen, Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink, and Daniel Smith watercolors. Image is 8×5 inches (20.5×13 cm).

Jim

Country Road

Country Road
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Watercolor sketch done in my sketchbook. Yesterday I ventured out between rain showers to take pictures of roads nearby. I wanted to test a new photo set-up. I mounted my iPhone 7 to the dashboard of my car and taped a Bluetooth shutter release button to my steering wheel so that I could trigger the phone camera with my thumb while keeping my hands on the wheel. I took 38 pictures on a leisurely drive down Cordon Road to MacLeay, turned north on Howell Prairie Road and heading home on Silverton Road. It started to sprinkle near the end and I had to time the camera between windshield wiper sweeps. I got three or four pretty good shots and used one as reference for this sketch.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Derwent #2 round waterbrush, vintage Sheaffer’s Balance Black and Pearl Lifetime pen with 14K gold nib ca. 1929-30 filled with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink, and Daniel Smith watercolors. Image is 16.25×5 inches (41.3×13 cm).

Jim

Farmland

Farmland
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Yesterday I went for a drive in the country. I took some photos from the car and today I did this ink and watercolor sketch from one of the photos. I wanted to try using masking fluid to hold back little bits of white. It worked. The white flecks you see are the white of the paper and not white ink applied later.

I started by drawing the basic big shapes with a very light gray pen. I’ve noticed lately that the pictures I like the best have a simple structure of four or fewer major sections dividing the page. I designed this one to have four horizontal sections – the sky, the field, the dirt road, and the dark weedy foreground. I applied ink using both my finger and a waterbrush working up from light gray to black. I then added a bit of yellow and green watercolor. The brown was done with brown ink. I let everything dry and rubbed off the masking fluid to reveal the whites. The last thing I did was to use a pencil to better define the buildings.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Pueen Latex Tape used as a masking fluid, Tombow ABT N95 dual tipped brush pen, Derwent #2 round waterbrush, mix of Pentel Sign Pen black and brown inks, Kuretake ZIG Brushables 010 brush pen, Pentel light gray brush pen, 50/50 mix of Noodler’s Lexington Gray and water in a Derwent #2 round waterbrush, Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, vintage Sheaffer’s Balance Black and Pearl Lifetime pen with 14K gold nib ca. 1929-30 filled with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, Pentel EnerGel 0.5 black ballpoint pen, Daniel Smith watercolors, and a Pentel 0.9mm mechanical pencil. Image is 16.25×5 inches (41.3×13 cm).

Jim

Ankeny Wetland

Ankeny Wetland
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I did this small ink sketch (4×5 inches) to test a few new techniques. First of all I put on a rubber glove, dipped my fingers into some water and spread it on the paper. I then used my finger to apply ink while the paper was wet so that it would blend and bloom. I then quickly scratched lines out from the wet ink to give the impression of trees and branches. I also lifted some areas to lighten them using a paper towel. I went back in using black ink in a fountain pen and also a black gel pen for some detail and finally used white ink from a gel pen and a marker.

I like working this way. It is fast and fun. The technique lends itself to this kind of dark and moody scene. We have a lot of these kinds of days in Oregon.

Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper, mixes of Pentel Sign Pen black and blue and brown, Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, vintage Sheaffer’s Balance Black and Pearl Lifetime pen with 14K gold nib ca. 1929-30 filled with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, Pentel EnerGel 0.5 black ballpoint pen, Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink. 

Jim

Howell Prairie Road

Howell Prairie Road
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I’ve been scouting places to paint on location near me by using Google Maps. This spot caught my eye. The weather has been so bad lately I decided to just sketch at home today using Google Street View as a reference. My intention was to do a quick, loose brush sketch, but it turned into a more finished watercolor painting.

I started by painting the sky using a mix of Pentel Sign Pen black and light blue ink. I then added the light greens and the gray of the road using watercolor. I then did the midtones and finally the darkest darks. I used a single round brush to do everything including all the narrow vertical lines.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Princeton #8 round brush, mix of Pentel Sign Pen black and light blue inks for the sky, Daniel Smith watercolors. Image is 16.25×5 inches (41.3×13 cm).

Jim

Evening Light

Evening Light
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We’ve had rain all day and as I lowered the blinds on the picture window in the family room I noticed the trees silhouetted against the clouds. I got out my sketchbook and worked fast to capture the changing light. I used both brush and pen with a variety of inks.

Travelogue Artist Watercolor Journal, Derwent #2 waterbrush, Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink, Pentel Light Gray ink brush pen, Pentel EnerGel 0.5 ballpoint pen, Kuretake #13 brush pen and Platinum Desk pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink. Image is 5×8 inches (13×20.5 cm).

Jim

Ink and Colored Pencil

Ink and Colored Pencil
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I’m trying a different combination for sketching today. I started by painting the major shapes with watered down black ink. I then added some detail using a pen with gray ink. Finally I added color with colored pencils.

Canson watercolor paper, Princeton #8 round brush with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink thinned with water, Pilot Parallel pen with Kaweco Smokey Gray ink, two Pentel Multi-8 pencils with various colors of lead, and Molotow 2mm Empty Pump Marker with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink . Image is 5.5×8.5 inches (13.9×21.6 cm).

Jim

Field Sketch

Field Sketch
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This is a test sketch using a new ink, Noodler’s Benenke Black. It is a water soluble ink that makes a rich gray when diluted with water. I painted directly with a round brush dipped in water. Earlier in the day I spread some of the ink on a 3×5 card and let it dry to use as a palette. I could then pull the ink off the card with a wet brush and apply it to the sketch. I also filled a fountain pen with the ink and used it to draw the darkest trees on the right and blended with the wet brush. I did the same with a few trees on the horizon line. I really like the slightly warm gray produced by this ink.

Canson Mix Media paper, Sheaffer Balance Black and Pearl Lifetime pen with 14K gold nib ca. 1929-30 filled with Noodler’s Benenke Black ink, and Princeton #8 round brush. Image is 7×10 inches (17.8×25.4 cm).

Jim