Pen and ink black and berry black

Abstract blue floral

After letting the last watercolor sit for a few days, I decided to just go ahead and put on the ink. I felt that laying on more watercolor would only end up muddying the situation, so I pulled out the nib pen and started laying on the india ink.  It actually took quite a while to work through the inking even though it is only a 3×9 drawing.  I didn’t want to overdo it and end up with a blacker mess.  I like it marginally better at this stage and will probably let it sit a while.  Maybe time will give me a better idea about what to do with it.

Abstract cityscape

I had one more 4×10 piece so I decided to try a modified high-rise cityscape.  I quickly laid out a dozen tallish buildings and then put in rows of windows and a couple of trees. I left a little open space between some to suggest streets.  I first added the reds, purples and ochers, and then washed in the sky.  I slowly built up the colors of the sky and the buildings, layering on mostly the same colors, but at one point I threw on some of the sky color to tone down the buildings.  They ended up a little too vibrant to me so I muted the hues somewhat  and that also helped to unify the painting.

Blackberries – yum

And lastly, this morning I spent 2 hours picking blackberries. The 1.25″ of rain we received over the weekend served to not only save but also plump up the berries quite nicely and I was able to get a gallon.  In fact there were so many nice ones that I could ignore the smaller ones. The bowls fill up faster when the berries are large and the bigger ones tend to be sweeter than the smaller ones as well.  As you can see from the photo, it didn’t take many to make a spoonful.  These measured almost 3/4″ long – almost as big as the commercial berries.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coastalartglass
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:40:56

    Love the cityscape, it would look great in glass. You’ve given me food for thought.


  2. ruthsartwork
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:43:56

    Be my guest. I’d be honored to have inspired you.


  3. incidentallearner
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 20:33:08

    Love these!


  4. ruthsartwork
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 22:25:44

    Thanks. I’m having fun with some of the abstracts.


  5. timkeen40
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 19:37:41

    Your talent is amazing. I like the work.



  6. ruthsartwork
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 21:07:20

    Thanks Tim. I’ve been trying a lot of new things lately.


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