Sunday, October 28, 2018

Continuing On

Inktober Day 6: Copic marker, white and black ink on gray-toned paper.

Three more days left for Inktober. This sketch was from day 6, or October 6. While I am still painting waves and landscapes, I have been doing quite a bit of sketching and drawing of the animals in the Oregon Zoo. This year I purchased a yearly pass with this in mind. It all started innocently enough, I needed to learn to draw and paint bears for the album cover for my band's latest CD. I got hooked on drawing animals. Well, that is putting it mildly! I absolutely have fallen in love with drawing animals and will be painting them too.

I last left off this blog with a goal of painting the state parks along the Oregon Coast. That is still ongoing. I have been painting plein air sketches of the state parks nearby. I haven't shared many of those sketches as I plan to use them for reference material for larger paintings to make a series. I also have come to the realization that this project will take years and that is just fine with me!

I have been, and will continue to be, painting small paintings for sale which I will be starting to post in the month of November. I have been getting everything set up to make that an ongoing process. I am excited about these little paintings and hope people will enjoy them.

I have a few more plans which I will be unveiling in future posts. Like most people, I have a very full life and when something unexpected comes up, timelines get messed up and some things have to be put on back burners. While I haven't posted much on my blog this past year, the art, and the study of art, has and will continue.

I will be updating my blog over the next few weeks and will be posting once week on Sunday evenings. The postings will be more frequent when the small paintings are ready to go.

Until next week, may you all find a bit of beauty in your life!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jumping Back In

Inktober challenge sketch #25
It has been eight months since I last posted on my blog! I am not going to spend a great deal of time chronicling the past eight months but, I will say, it has been very busy. In between working on our 1973 fixer-upper, my garden, music, the community garden, and healing my body, I have quietly been working on art skills. I have had time to think about where I am going in my art and where I want to be. And, I have spent time studying my chosen field.

So, I am back!

While I haven't been too active on my blog, I have been a bit more active on social media, particularly Instagram and Facebook. This month I have been participating in Inktober. You can find my Inktober sketches on my Instagram page, @r.l.delight. I will have to do a bit of updating on my blog and website to link all of this together. In the meantime, today's sketch is above!

The sketch is inked using Copic pen, black ink pen, and a white Gellyroll pen on Strathmore gray-toned paper. I used zoo sketches I have done from life and video I recorded as reference material for the drawing. I will be writing about my thoughts behind my choices to learn to use ink while sketching and why I am adding wildlife art to my body of work. I don't want to make this too lengthy of a post today.

I am getting back to blogging regularly and will be updating my website. Look for paintings that will be available for purchase starting next month! I have some studio cleaning out to do!

Yours in beauty,
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