Posts in ink
31 Inktober Drawings & Thoughts on Creative Challenges

Thirty-one days of drawing in ink, painting in vivid colors, exploring imaginary structures…. it’s been interesting to watch how an idea sparks the next. How on earth does one categorize this type of drawing? Is it perhaps an abstract illustration? What comes to my mind when I’m making them — some sort of imaginary structures, like landscapes, caves, houses, retreats.

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Grey ink is not boring [Fuyu-Syogun ink review]

I'm trying to rein in my desire to explore every ink on the planet... even inks that have not yet been invented. I'm reaching for colors that I don't have, gaps in my cache, my knowledge, my collection. Colors that I can see in my imagination, colors that are not there, like the green of a ripe bartlett pear, a deep velvet red, a particularly frilly pink, the yellow of an overripe lemon. Bright, intense, pure colors that burst with energy.

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Urban Rainbows

In this batch, I continue delving into over-arching [pun intended] rainbows + clouds. One thing about working so intensely in ink is that even with a variety of inks at the starting gate of this project, I started to understand and reach the outer edges of the color collection and since I do not mix colors much, I have been dreaming of expanding my collection - to fill in with some additional greens, pinks, etc. So I did just that, and I'm really digging the new colors. 

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Dashing about

At the beginning there's a dose of creative adrenalin to keep you going. But later, things may begin to lag. What will take you through the entire year, the entire 365 project? It's got to matter to you. You've got to care about your work, let yourself figure things out, let the process unfold and follow the clues, the tides of ideas. Push on through, friends. If you find yourself completely STUCK it's time to change your constraints, open up the rules, take a trajectory north or west. Keep showing up.

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