Spring is slowly coming to the garden

This has been a wild week for weather in our garden. Tuesday morning the temperature was 16°F, by Thursday morning it was 49°F. This morning it’s a more seasonal 37°F.

I’ve started using AD Markers again with my sketching. I love these markers, best out there in my opinion. They do bleed through the Landland paper, but markers bleed through everything. It just means I’ll be buying more of these little sketchbooks.

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Everyday that I get to go outside I feel better. Just smelling the dirt and hearing the sounds is so nice. This morning I could hear several song birds. Knowing they have returned to the yard is a real treat, a nice change of pace from the usual chatter of the sparrows. Nothing against the sparrows, they are good for keeping the bug population in check, but they aren’t my favorite bird in the yard.

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That’s all for today, thanks for taking the time to read my rambles…Erik

 

 

 

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The daily garden journal and a bonus chickadee

It feels like winter is really holding on tight. I realize we aren’t officially in spring, but once January hits I’m pretty much ready for the snow to be gone and spring to arrive. Wishful thinking, I know.

I was looking out the back door on Sunday hoping to see something that would inspire me to draw. But there is only so much you can do with snow-covered grass and bare branches poking up around the garden. As I was standing there holding my pencil and Landland sketchbook, I could hear the tea kettle rumbling away on the counter top. And then it hit, the tea kettle. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Especially this time of year.

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I found a couple of pencils from General Pencil Company rolling around the back of a drawer, that’s what I used for this quick sketch. Really nice pencils too.

This morning as I took my seat at my art table, I looked out the window behind me and noticed how the rooftops made an interesting pattern in front of the trees. I have the window shade in my room adjusted so the top is just about eye level for me, so when I sit my view is mostly trees and sky.

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That was the winning view for today’s garden journal.

I promise, once spring arrives the garden journal will be far more garden than what I see out the window. Or in the kitchen. But I am trying to keep to the theme!

I was able to sneak in a quick chickadee sketch at lunch today.

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I went with my Landland sketchbook and Robert Oster Signature Ink, Soda Pop Blue, loaded my 05 Preppy pen. Here is the link to Robert Oster Signature Ink. Wonderful inks. Both from a pen and from the bottle with a brush. I prefer to use these inks instead of watercolors with my pencil and pen drawings. The colors are very deep and vibrant.

That’s all for today – thanks – Erik

 

The garden journal and a new project

The daily garden journal continues. To be honest I really picked a challenging time of year to start a garden journal. It’s cold, snowy, and not a lot is happening in the garden. But I also enjoy the challenge that adds. I’ve been using a variety of fiber tip pens and fountain pens for my drawings. The fountain pens are great when I’m using colored ink, but the fiber tip pens are my first choice for black lines. The Faber-Castell PITT pens have always been my favorite. Over the years I have tried several different brands and styles of fountain pens, but I keep coming back the Preppy pens from Platinum. The $3.00 price on these pens is also hard to beat.

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I am now using a sketchbook from Landland, I’ll go over the details for this switch in a future post. But this is a great little sketchbook!

 

For several years I have been drawing an alter ego in various shapes and styles. I’ve named him Stan. I wanted to include a female companion for Stan, but I haven’t been able to come up with a figure I was really happy with. So Stan has a little bird. That’s his companion through life.

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Stan usually isn’t this angry, but he’s rather frustrated with the current weather conditions. I’ve decided to create a weekly comic strip featuring Stan. I haven’t decided which day I’ll post Stan, but my goal is to be consistent with the posting. I am a big fan of Field Notes pocket notebooks, those will be the notebooks I will be using for The Stan Files. The size and portability of the notebooks will really help me be consistent with the comic. I also think the faint grid lines will keep things a bit more free and organic. More spontaneous.

That’s all for this post, thanks for stopping by – Erik