Finished inking the mill

It has been cool and wet here this week.  While I appreciate the rain, I am not looking forward to the winter cold.  I have seen quite a few does and this year’s fawns but no bucks yet.  And the squirrels have been scampering across the lawn hiding their finds. I think that the wildlife has appreciated the greening of the foliage that has recently occurred due to the increased rains.  The pond hasn’t risen yet, but I am sure it will as time goes on.

Inked stone mill

I have been inking the rest of the stone mill the last few days, avoiding the raindrops and the chill.  There wasn’t much left to do, but the stone and the lawn took a lot of time.  I actually stopped putting in all of  the grass early on, intending to leave parts of it white for a more contrasting effect.  After letting it sit for a bit, I decided that after I added the color, it wouldn’t look right without more inking.  So I spent the next few hours putting more time in on the grass building the positive negative space.

I am in a bit of a dilemma now.  I can’t quite decide whether to use watercolors or the pastels.  The past stone barns have been colored with the watercolors, but the size of the drawing makes me want to use the pastels.  The watercolors will have a softer feel but the pastels will be more vivid.  I will have to decide tomorrow when the coloring begins.  Maybe I should compromise and use crayons.  Now that would be different, wouldn’t it.

Inking the stone grist mill

Stone Mill

A little bit easier to see this time, isn’t it.  I’m not quite done with the inking, but you can get the gist of where it is going now.  It has taken me a while to figure out what I want to do in the lower left landscaping but it is slowly woking itself out.

As you can see, I have started the stone on the mill and should finish it soon.  The lower blank areas will be grassy perhaps with some foliage outcroppings to add depth.  I haven’t decided what to do in terms of the water outflow yet.

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