One never knows how much time is left to paint those paintings and mix those fabulous colors.  Today is a good day to do as much as one can. Cicadas have six weeks if they’re lucky.  The newborn bird that fell from its nest didn’t have nearly that long.

17 year cicada - ink drawing

17 year cicada – ink drawing

Excerpt from today’s post on my website blog: (Please remember that I post more often on my website blog than I do on this blog….. more time for painting and drawing!)

A cool breeze tempted me out onto the front porch with my cup of coffee, a perfect way to start the day.  Beside a pot of Oxalis a seventeen year cicada lay on its back, the first I have seen on our property this year……. read more.

sketchbook drawing: 17 year cicada drawn first in ink with fountain pen….. to be followed later with watercolor.

The cricket is a casualty of cutting the pipes to replace the fifty year old furnace.

Cricket. Ink and Watercolor

We often have an abundance of giant spiders in the basement.  Thanks to the extended family of crickets that moved in this year, the spider population is down.  Though I adore insects of all kinds, I prefer crickets to spiders.  This fellow insisted on hanging out in the sink as we were dumping buckets of water from the draining pipes.  He survived all but the last bucketful.

I enjoy playing with colorful neutrals.  I used a limited palette of aurolean yellow, dioxazine purple, thalo blue and a touch of burnt sienna in this little sketch.  The ink is one of my favorites, Noodler’s Black Swan in English Rose.

I have learned from painting in the dark at the Blues Jam that thinking of value first and color second often results in better, cleaner color that is effective whether or not it is realistic.

This sketch finishes up another sketchbook!  Only about sixty more to go before I can splurge and buy another one.

Sketch: Drawn first with Noodler’s Flex Fountain Pen filled with Black Swan in English Rose Ink, followed by watercolor.