Monday, September 18, 2006
What a lovely excuse to go visit Vie de France in Olney. Our local French bakery, where the breads are beautiful, and the chocolate croissants, well, they don't make it into your drawings! I really took my time choosing some things to paint, since the smells were so yummy. Now that I'm finished with the drawing, well, get out the bread knife. Oh, and no, that's not a potato, it's a pumpernickle roll, but oh, well... Thanks for looking.
Kuratake puts out a wonderful brush pen with cartridges of water soluble ink. I especially like the narrow base of the pen, a little wider than say, a Bic. I have the Lamy Safari, but often don't grab it to use, simply because it is so broad, big in the hand. This one is a really nice size, and very lightweight. Because it is a brush, you can vary the weight of the line, from hairline with very little pressure to broad strokes for shadows. The ink is nice and black. Then go back and add water to the lines to pull out some grays. Very nice tool. Here's a little study I did last night from some sunflowers from Butler's Orchard, a local orchard where you can pick your own: raspberries, flowers, apples, strawberries in season, etc. Other neat stuff, like hayrides and a corn maze, a nice little pond. Our painting class has been gathering there lately.