I've been doing a lot of drawing lately. I start in pencil and switch to ink and wash. I'm trying out a few newish designs for some plates and platters. I've done all of these in the past, but have not been comfortable in my execution. When that happens I've found that the best thing is to go back to the beginning and start with pencil sketches. I switch to ink and wash because it is the closest thing to the unfired majolica glaze surface I work on. Later I will roll out some thin white earth slabs and work on them. The drag when doing brush work on raw clay is much the same as raw glaze. I may fire a few but most will end up in my slop bucket.
Thank the heavens for the internet. I can remember a time in the not too distant past when I had to rely on pictures I could find in books. I still use the printed material, but it's great being able to look a critter in motion. It's not as good as being there but it does give the feeling for how skeletons work in different species.
The top three drawings are a few of the many I have done in the last few days. I use paper that is one or two steps above newsprint so I have the freedom to use as much as I need.
Next are a few of the ink and wash sketches. This may be my favorite drawing medium. I don't do many drawings for the sake of drawing these days but when I do it's often ink and wash. I think I am drawn to the immediacy of it and the fact that I have to work with what I lay down on paper so the medium drives a lot of the drawing.
Meanwhile the amaryllis are blooming like crazy. I put two bulbs in one pot. So far I have four blooms, two in progress and one stalk that is just beginning to break its bud.
I don't know what the difference is, but the indoor flowers are giving us quite a show this year!
We're off to the market in a little bit......not my favorite thing...but they have really good sushi, so that will be a reward!
As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*