What type of art do you do?

It's a question without a straightforward answer. At least not for me. 

The reality is that most of us cannot sum up our artistic adventures in a sentence, in an elevator pitch. We could say, "I'm a gouache painter." Or we could develop condescending responses with an air of mystery, like, "I explore the symbiotic relationship between millefleur and digital ephemera." When I go to an art festival and ask an artist why they work in a particular medium, or what inspired a particular piece of art, some artists try to make their answers so mysterious and other-worldly that I cannot relate. One artist responded, "This scene was inspired by a dream, I woke up and had to paint it, then I kept painting it for a year! I was obsessed!" And that's the kind of response that I adore. 

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Here are more colorful inky creations for the annual Inktober challenge, taking advantage of a full luxurious month of ink explorations. These are cards 18-22, using a variety of inks including the Kuretake brush pen, Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay india inks and J. Herbin inks. 

Card 18 incorporated a different process than the earlier cards - the base is Dr. Ph Martin's inks and the mandala is drawn with a Kuretake brush pen. More about that pen here

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia. Springsteen lyrics.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia. Springsteen lyrics.