It’s cold outside, SUPER cold. It’s SUPER windy here too so I’m not doing much landscape painting. The other day I tried and it started snowing hard during the session. Always wanted to do some shoes for some reason, so tried my hand at pen and ink with watercolor…
It’s cold here, real cold. And windy. Around 1 am I got in a mood to draw something. I’ve been thinking I need to start drawing more so purchased some 0.7mm mechanical pencils and did this still life sketch in about 2 hours. I first drew it in with graphite, then went over it with waterproof ink. This is my last work for 2016, yeah.
You seriously lose all sense of time when you are in the “zone.” I started this at 4 pm in the afternoon, finished it around 8:30 pm and it seemed like only 2 hours had passed. Anyway, I purposefully chose a blue background as a complementary color to the orange-ish color of the whiskey. When put into a small shot glass, you get yellow for some reason but whatever, just went with it. I usually don’t draw this out in charcoal but in this case I wanted accurate proportions on everything so I skipped laying it out with a brush.
This is my fourth landscape within the last month. The view is off of the road going to the Iwaki Flower Center. I did something different this time, that being, I took a pair of +3.0 reading glasses and painted it wearing those. This blurred my vision of course but it helped me to simplify shapes and colors and I was happy with this new technique. That, combined with the umbrella is giving me much brighter, not so overly dark colors.
There is a place nearby where I live called the Flower Center. Well, outside of it being a very beautiful place, there is a very old temple nearby. I’m not really sure how old it is, but it must be hundreds of years old. I went up to it and I was the only one there. The trees in the background were the hardest part, I don’t think I pulled this one off. Actually, I went there twice and the second was better, but I need to try it again one more time.