Sketching the Jardin Botanique
Spent the afternoon at the Jardin Botanique sketching in the Chinese Garden. The Lotus are in bloom. It’s a pretty amazing show. A carpet of giant leaves and pink blossoms as big as a baby. Well, a premature baby.
These days I’ve been doing so much painting on location, I’d almost forgotten what it was like to draw spontaneously in a sketchbook. (Answer – a lot of fun! Much less stress than trying to get a ‘good’ painting every time).
We’re about to go on a family vacation to Newfoundland. Which some Canadians call “the Rock”. For reasons I expect to become clear on arrival.
I don’t think I’ll be able to schlep around my full size painting setup with the Fam in tow – so I’m field testing a small 5×8″ Stillman and Birn sketchbook and some Lamy calligraphy pens.
I’m really intrigued with the water-based ink in the Lamy ready-made cartridges. When you touch it with water, it melts the line work. A nice effect. The line softens where there is color, and at the same time greys off your wash. I think I don’t mind that. It’s a little out of control, which I like. Kind of an natural neutralizing effect. I’ll be playing with this on the trip – we’ll see if I still like it when we come back.