Monday, February 23, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Sometimes a new path presents itself, and you just have to follow....

I've been feeling the need to pick up pen and ink again (a favorite medium long ago, in a galaxy far, far away) and finally this week I gave in to the temptation.

I admit to being bit of a purist when it comes to pen and ink. No markers or technical pens here. I use a pen holder with various size nibs, dipping the pen into an inkwell as artists have done for centuries. There's something very zen and sort of "old world" about the process, and I love the fine detail a crow quill tip allows.

Here's the piece in black and white (If you click on these, they'll enlarge a bit):

And here it is completed, with watercolor washed over the ink:


"Twilight Harvest", 8" x 10" on illustration board.

I may list the original on eBay or Etsy, not sure yet, but since I've also been toying with the idea of having a few prints made of my work, I was thinking this piece may be the first. What do you think?

In the meantime, other work/fun continues in the form of assorted commissions and eBay offerings. This little bunny is listed on eBay now, having travelled a couple of states away by mistake. He's back though, and ready to make another journey to his new home:


Finally, I have to share I won this giveaway in the One World One Heart blog event - a pendant and two pins which arrived this weekend all the way from Alaska! Many thanks to Pat of Wigglebutt Clay Creations. :)


That's about it for now...It's shaping up to be a very busy week, but I'll try to pop in again soon! And please accept my apologies for not responding to all the lovely comments you leave here. I soooooo love hearing from you, and do apreciate that you take the time to write....but the painting schedule doesn't allow as much time for correspondence as I'd like. I'll try to do better, I promise. ;)

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19 comments:

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh, I'm glad you followed your urges to do pen and ink again, this is gorgeous! It's been ages since I've done pen and ink, and that was Rapidiograph pens, not the old fashioned kind like you, which I always thought looked like so much fun. I hope you do more! :-)

Renée said...

That is one stunning piece of work. Very detailed. Love the watercolor over it. I use to draw with pen and inkwell long ago too. That is untill I accidently knocked over the inkwell over my table and several finished drawings got ink were it wasn't suppose to be. Now I just use a fineliner.

Have a wonderful day

Renée

HowlingMoonDesigns said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL Carolee!
I always liked using the old pen and ink myself..but it has been YEARS since i've used it!
Candy

Nancy Lee Malay said...

I love, love, love the pen and ink drawing....and even more with the watercolor! Just beautiful, Carolee!

nancy

Barbara on Camano Island said...

I think this is so lovely. You must do more!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Twilight Harvest would be beautiful as prints! I love pen and ink and this one is wonderful! But, I love your work so it just stands to reason this is wonderful too! Hope you do more of these!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

This would make beautiful Prints! I hope you do more of them!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Looks so pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous painting & I think it's a great idea to use this stunning piece of art for prints:) Have a wonderful day Carolee!
Jamie

Danielle Barlow said...

Pen and ink is such fun to use isn't it? I love my dipping pen. especially on illustration board, where it just flows so smoothly! This is a beautiful painting!

Creepy_Creations said...

Hi, the pen and ink is beautiful! You should definitely make some prints of it or even cards. I can't wait to see more. Great work!
Jamie

EllaEnchanted said...

Your work is beautiful.

Tess said...

Such talent you have. My, you are a busy little bee. Love your sharing!!!

artbyakiko said...

This pend & ink work is just stunning! It's absolutely beautiful. I would love to see more of these. You are such an inspiration to me.

jane and the happy crow said...

Great work, pen and ink is obviously you, keep on doing them we want to see more. Jane xxx

Susan said...

That's a BEAUTIFUL piece of work. It would make a lovely print and would be great for a shirt!!!

Sonia said...

Your Talent is Neverending.....speechless by it....bowing to you...

Smiles,

Sonia ;)

vintagepaletteart said...

Your pen and ink is jaw dropping Carolee! The detail is amazing! =o)

Hugs, Lori

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I really, really like your pen and ink! And I had an art teacher in college who sometimes played jazz albums during our class, especially when we were doing gesture drawings.