Fig and berry cake. I can call it “A Night’s drinking with friends”, because that what we did, but wine we had was so amazing that I didn’t get a chance to include it in my drawing it was gone too quick, wine from Chile. My friend already got two more bottles, so I will get a chance to draw it, I hope. Color is almost as deep as a cognac. Ink and Kuretake on aged paper.
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A Night’s drinking with Friends – Inktense
Its a strange thing but most folks in Wisconsin seem to be owned by dogs. John and family are no exception, in this case Rusty or, to give him his Sunday name – “The Rustman”.
One night, during our visit, I sat on the porch having a conversation with this wise old fellow. I recall he seemed to be in a sombre mood and I asked him why. “Best to have a drink first, “he replied, so I got him some of his special stuff from a secret place in the kitchen and set a bowl before him. After a while, he became more affable and confided in me that he was rather upset at the way the country was going. He bemoaned the fact that there was great financial hardship both in the USA and in other places, such as the UK. What seemed to annoy him most, however, was that no one had asked him for his opinion. “Do you have solutions to this mess?” I asked. “Of course, “ was his answer and, delighted that he could at last engage in a proper conversation, proceeded to give answers. We talked well into the night, enjoying more than a “wee dram” and eventually, as I was looking the worse for wear, he sent me to bed. Horror, of course, because I couldn’t remember a thing the next day so the world will continue to suffer economically. No point in asking him to repeat his solutions. The Rustman is a proud fellow and would be insulted if he thought I had not been listening.
PS This is not quite like the Rustman. In real life, he is far better looking – he told me to say that!
A page that grew out of a quiet evening at home with my partner and Dr. Who, enjoying some regional wine.
A Night’s Drinking With Friends
Another page inspired by this month’s theme challenge. This one specifically recalls the details of a Friday night at the end of September when some friends and I went out together, had a few drinks, and made our way through a few of our favorite bars here in Morgantown.
A Night’s Drinking With Friends
There is a neat little bar in Morgantown called Jay’s Getaway that specializes in imported and limited run beers (as well as plenty of offerings from smaller breweries around the states). By the end of our time there, we end up with ltos of interesting bottles and glasses on the table. This quick sketch was my attempt at capturing some of that variation in bottle and glass shapes and sizes.
I found myself on page six of my little pocket molie and decided to have another run at this month’s theme challenge. This is the result.
Inspired by Page Six
This is my first submission for this month’s theme challenge (more may follow, it’s still pretty early in the month). I have three sketchbooks going at the moment and all of them have artwork on the sixth page which has already been shared here. So I took a moment, opened them all to their sixth page, and just too a little inspiration or suggestion from all three and combined them together to make something new. This is the result, but I wouldn’t mind going back and repeating the exercise in a few days (or weeks) and seeing what new highlights catch my eye.
One Human’s Trash is Another Human’s…Collage Art Supplies
I absolutely love looking at the postage choices people make when they send personal mail and I especially love postage from other parts of the world. When I get something with interesting postage, I put it into this work-in-progress collage. I like to look at the way the different stamps set each other off and remind me of specific things (a birthday card, a letter from a friend, a wedding invitation, a little note from family, etc.). So, this is my contribution to this month’s theme challenge.
Introducing Daffy, the Dumpster Diver – Watercolour and Ink
This month’s Challenge – One man’s trash is another man’s ….
You will need patience to understand my twisted logic for this month’s challenge.
I used to work beside a guy who was forever recycling stuff and rescuing materials from dumpsters. We call dumpsters “skips” in the UK and people, like my colleague, are known as “skippers”. I decided on this cartoon theme, for the challenge, but couldn’t get anything to gel with “skip”. I then remembered they are called Dumpsters in north America so the “D” went well with Daffy Duck. I also came across the charming expression, “Dumpster Diver”. I had to find out how to draw him but, when I googled “How to draw…..” I came across techniques for all my childhood favourites including the best, Bugs Bunny. It was only a short step to have this crazy duck, sitting in rubbish with Bugs gesticulating.
My former colleague was a really nice guy and I won’t embarrass him by telling you Ian Brown’s name. One day my workshop technician spent ages tidying up his preparation room, sweeping into corners etc. as well as putting tons of scrap wood into the skip. The next day, all the material was piled at the rear entrance to the department. The “Skipper” had been busy. He called in later to tell us that “Someone has flung out all this wood. I though you might be interested”. He escaped, barely alive.
If I Could…. – Ink and Watercolour
My entry for this month’s challenge asks “What really happened during the Apollo moon landing, this day, in 1969?” Perhaps the wee green men are still trying to figure out what the strange creature, which landed on their home, was (Apologies to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin)