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In Context—More Brush Pen Sketching

January 27, 2021
Brush pen and ink wash sketches of pumpkin, from green lined commercial journal used while recovering from cataract surgeries.

Pumpkins and squash are great things to sketch with the brush pens. Use my blog’s search engine to find more such sketches. (The caption is confusing even to me some 2 years plus on. I remember having a problem getting the pumpkin to stand up and thought I was balancing it against my hiking boots which sit near the door. But my friend Paul wrote in to remind me that I was in an inflatable cast at this time [I had fallen down some stairs at the start of the month]. That makes it obvious to me now that I took the inflatable cast boot off to sit on the floor and get an interesting angle with the pumpkin. When I was through drawing it was difficult to stand up because I couldn’t put any weight on the injured foot and ankle—but there was nothing around I could use as a support to pull myself up with or balance against. Note that it was 12:38 a.m. when I finished the second drawing. That means Dick was already asleep and of absolutely no help to me. Thank you Paul for reminding me how utterly hilarious my life is! And reminding me to write notes a little more clearly!)

    • Paul
    • January 27, 2021
    Reply

    Isn’t the reference about your inflatable “cast boot” from when you twisted your ankle? With it off it was hard for you to get up from sitting on the floor to sketch this pumpkin? I like how you handled the different cast shadow angles here.

    1. Reply

      Paul YES, you are totally right, and I rewrote the post to reflect this. I didn’t even look at the date and realize it was still at the start of that injury period. I’ve corrected the post and am grateful for you remembering. All I could think is that “cast” was being used as a verb perhaps. This is the problem with pulling journal pieces from digital files instead of leafing through pages and seeing the continuity and what was happening all around.

      I’m glad you liked the shading on these. I love sketching pumpkins so much and it amazes me how well even crappy notebook paper can take a light ink wash. I wish this book weren’t in storage. Now I have a powerful urge to leaf through the whole thing again, in part too because the pages crinkled so much with the watercolor I did on other pages and it makes such a satisfying sound when you turn the pages!

      Thank you for reminding me of all this.

    • Paul
    • January 27, 2021
    Reply

    We’ll blame the memory lapse on covid brain fog. Now be careful moving, you don’t want to twist an ankle again!

    1. Reply

      Yeah, what you said. Don’t worry about the falling—I’m not even allowed to go down to the basement to do laundry now, and until the end of covid. I do go upstairs where I have my indoor bike, and then Dick usually walks me downstairs. It’s pretty funny!

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