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earnest_ward
05-06-2013, 05:59 PM
The wildflower season (just about my favorite season in Texas) and a sample package of papers and inks from Exaclair arrived at the same time this spring. So I thought I'd share some of the results (with a few extra papers thrown in for good measure.

Cheers! :wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2013/101693-IMG_1068.JPEG

Verbena (graphite & w/c on Clairefontaine 90g paper)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2013/101693-IMG_1069.jpeg

Limestone Gaura (graphite on Rhodia 80g paper)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2013/101693-IMG_1071.jpeg

Pink Evening Primrose (graphite on Rhodia 80g paper)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2013/101693-IMG_1075.JPEG

Indian Paintbrush (graphite and w/c on Exacompta laid paper)

Jo Castillo
05-06-2013, 06:44 PM
These are beautiful, thanks for sharing.

koksie
05-07-2013, 07:21 AM
Like it! Thanks for showing!

Brigitte

earnest_ward
05-07-2013, 09:03 AM
Thank you Jo and koksie. Texas has been under drought conditions for the past three years. So, this year's wildflower crop is nowhere near as spectacular as in an average year. (We've had no bluebonnets in our field this year at all.) But what we do have is such a joy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2013/101693-IMG_1077.JPEG
Blue-eyed Grass (ink & w/c on heavyweight G. Lalo laid paper)

DrDebby
05-07-2013, 03:30 PM
Lovely flowers. Thank you for sharing.

vhere
05-08-2013, 04:15 AM
Beautifully observed

Queenie83
05-08-2013, 01:04 PM
nice flowers!

earnest_ward
05-08-2013, 01:07 PM
Thank you DrDeb and there. Sadly, the lack of rain this winter means a sparser-than-usual wildflower crop this year (so I'm also supplementing my studies with sketches of feral irises along the river). But it's all fun. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2013/101693-IMG_1083.JPEG
(graphite, pen & ink, and w/c on Exacompte laid paper)

DrDebby
05-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Wonderful iris.

Dragoon
05-08-2013, 05:03 PM
Those are so nice!! Thanks for sharing those!

It seems like the laid papers inspire you to break out the colours and spend more time on the subject? I do like the effect with the textures!
If not, what were your favorite papers?
Thanks for sharing!
D.

Marmsk
05-09-2013, 08:48 AM
Very interesting to read, drawings and notes.

earnest_ward
05-09-2013, 06:06 PM
Thanks all. My apologies; in my last post "there" should have read "vhere". (The spell auto correct seems a tad too aggressive and I was too inattentive.)

Dragoon, I really admire each of these papers and will certainly be using all in future. Each was developed with a rather specific use in mind. What I'm trying to do is not only test how well each serves that use but how far, as an artist, I can stretch that envelope. (The decision, for example, to do quick graphite drawings on the Clairefontaine was dictated by the desire to push that envelope rather than because of any quality of the paper itself. I will be posting carefully rendered pen & ink sketches on the Clairefontaine soon too.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2013/101693-IMG_1091.jpeg
Texas Dandelion (J. Herbin and Sakura inks on Fabriano toned paper)

Dragoon
05-09-2013, 10:14 PM
That is divine!

One, is a very nice drawing, and nice penmanship with the flex pen!,

but Two, those are my Favorite colour combinations!! Blue and silver, mmmm. So please, please tell me, where did you get that bluey gray paper? It does not look like a journal page, so that means I have to buy some open stock...and figure out a way to make it into a book!
Just those colours alone will inspire me to draw and draw...

Also, that is nice to hear that you like ALL the papers! Enjoy!

Thanks!
D.

Cindy Schnackel
05-09-2013, 10:36 PM
Beautiful work, Earnest!

DrDebby
05-10-2013, 02:48 PM
Lovely dandelion. What is the blue paper?

earnest_ward
05-10-2013, 03:07 PM
Lovely dandelion. What is the blue paper?

DrDebby, its a Farbiano Ingres paper with a beautiful laid pattern. And Dragoon, in answer to your question, Fariano offers it as loose sheets (if you wish to work large, or to construct your own journals) and bound (with a selection of their other laid color papers) in their Artist's Journal.

Cheers! :thumbsup:

earnest_ward
05-14-2013, 11:56 PM
Nature is wonderfully adaptive. Texas Bindweed is a ground-hugging vine that even manages to avoid mower blades. Brilliant! :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2013/101693-IMG_1105.jpeg

DrDebby
05-15-2013, 02:10 PM
I'm sure those who desire a pristine lawn, hate the plant. :lol: Super sketch.

Dragoon
05-15-2013, 08:08 PM
Gorgeous!
Up till now, I have stayed away from dark paper, but your sketches are showing it's value!

The blue is obviously fountain pen ink, the white could be gel pen, but what did you use for the green? Coloured pencil? Paint?

I tried to copy your example by sketching some rocks.
I don't have Ingres, but used Mi-Teintes; and used a blue Micron instead of pen ink. I didn't like the experience, as the Micron sank too deep into the felty paper. So a fountain pen it'll have to be...

Thanks for the inspiration!
D.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2013/117057-2013_0515Card10001.JPG

earnest_ward
05-15-2013, 09:02 PM
The blue is obviously fountain pen ink, the white could be gel pen, but what did you use for the green? Coloured pencil? Paint?

I tried to copy your example by sketching some rocks.
I don't have Ingres, but used Mi-Teintes; and used a blue Micron instead of pen ink. I didn't like the experience, as the Micron sank too deep into the felty paper. So a fountain pen it'll have to be...



Dragoon, all of the stippling (including the green and red areas) was done with Microns, with a very light application of Prismacolor yellow-green applied over the leaves as a unifier.

Mi-Teintes may be a little softer (and is a wove paper) than the Ingres (which is a laid paper) but should still be workable if you avoid the side that has the dimpled texture. If you're applying too much pressure, you might try holding the pen farther back along the barrel as this will spread the pressure along a longer "arm" (sorry for the physics lesson, but at least I didn't mention "fulcrum" :wink2: ) and provide a finer mark.

Cheers! :thumbsup:

Dragoon
05-15-2013, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the tips!

I went and checked my Microns, and the coloured ones I have are the tiny 01 size. I looked them up on Blicks, and they come in a larger 05 size. Eventually I'll get a few of the larger size (in blue!, gotta be blue), as I do believe they'll be less needle-like on the soft paper. The 01 was just plain uncomfortable for me to use...

A-ha! You did use Prismas! :)

Very nice work, thanks again for sharing and explaining!:music:
D.

earnest_ward
05-15-2013, 11:49 PM
Thanks for the tips!

I went and checked my Microns, and the coloured ones I have are the tiny 01 size. I looked them up on Blicks, and they come in a larger 05 size. Eventually I'll get a few of the larger size (in blue!, gotta be blue), as I do believe they'll be less needle-like on the soft paper. The 01 was just plain uncomfortable for me to use...



If you want a tool that will give you a wider range of marks -- from hairline to broad sweep -- and doesn't dig into the paper you might try Sakura Pigma brush pens (which are available in the same waterproof colors as their Micron pen line. (For a broad sweeping mark you can hold it diagonally, like a western brush. And for a fine hairline you can hold it vertically, like a sumi-e brush.)

Dragoon
05-16-2013, 04:36 PM
Thank you, I will check them out!
D.

Joan T
05-24-2013, 04:02 PM
Beautiful sketches of the wildflowers and the irises. I love the descriptions too. Thanks for sharing these.

vhere
05-25-2013, 04:31 AM
Lovely iris, they are such an interesting shape and you've really caught it

earnest_ward
05-31-2013, 04:25 PM
Most years we have entire fields carpeted with these multi-colored delights. This year (due to the ongoing drought) we're just seeing scattered patches. But even a solitary bloom is a joy to behold.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-May-2013/101693-IMG_1298.JPEG

DrDebby
05-31-2013, 04:29 PM
I know I responded to this yesterday. (Stupid glitches!) This is a beautiful flower.

earnest_ward
05-31-2013, 05:55 PM
I know I responded to this yesterday. (Stupid glitches!) This is a beautiful flower.

Debby, I thought I posted the Indian Blanket yesterday... and then couldn't find it this morning. (I'm starting to think WC is playing with my head. :lol: )

Dragoon
05-31-2013, 07:13 PM
This is so nice!

I'm not sure which I enjoy more, the shading in your leaves, or the shading of your calligraphy. :thumbsup:

Re: the paper posts above.
I tried and tried to find the Ingres bound in journals, but they are not made any more. Only the cream and white one is available.

So I've put in an order for loose sheets. Once those come, I'm going to cut them into quarters and take them to my local Staples to have them coil bound into a journal. Since they can't make me a hardbound backing for my new journal, I've come up with an idea to make my own. :evil:
My idea is to have them double up on the plastic covers on the front and back. Then I'm going to get some book board and glue it in between, then trim.
I love little projects! And getting to pick out my own colours to be in the journal. It's going to be better than buying one, if my idea works!

Cheers,
D.

Joan T
05-31-2013, 07:35 PM
I love your detail to the flower and the corresponding written details. I can just imagine a field of these!

earnest_ward
06-01-2013, 01:31 PM
With fewer of the larger, more colorful wildflowers to "distract" me this year I'm noticing more of the diminutive natives. A case in point is this delightful little grass pea which, it turns out, can be a source of high protein nutrition for both humans and livestock in times of drought. (Moderation, I'm told, is called for to avoid a toxin build-up and the pea should not make up more than 50% of one's diet.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1300.JPEG

DrDebby
06-01-2013, 01:52 PM
Delightful little plant.

Terry Wynn
06-01-2013, 11:29 PM
I am so enjoying your sketches. And the information. It is wonderful seeing foreign plants through another's eyes.

Beautifully drawn and colored.

Terry

hydgirl
06-03-2013, 10:57 AM
These sketches are lovely and so informative.

earnest_ward
06-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Who knew frogs eat fruit? :wink2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1314.JPEG

Dragoon
06-04-2013, 09:32 PM
Love, love how accurate your line drawings are!

A jumble of leaves like that is not easy to clearly define in line. But you do, and include subtle shading...nice. :)
D.

gingery
06-05-2013, 06:01 AM
I'd like to convey how glorious your work is, but seems it's all been said. Thx so much for posting.
Happy creating,
ginger

earnest_ward
06-05-2013, 12:56 PM
It's only the beginning of June but in this part of the country that means less rain, more heat, and (once these little monsters have turned brown and hardened) an end to walks in the field with my dog. (Fortunately there are other venues -- bur-free ones -- for the two of us to explore.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1382.JPEG

(For anyone who might be interested, this image was done as part of a "field test" of the new Notebook by TWSBI, the Taiwanese fountain pen manufacturer.)

Joan T
06-05-2013, 05:17 PM
I love how you are focusing on these small, often overlooked plants. Yes, those sandburs will be noticed once they are dry. Great job on these...and the info is an added treat.

DrDebby
06-11-2013, 11:34 AM
Great drawings and accompanying information. So TWSBI makes notebooks now?

earnest_ward
06-11-2013, 05:05 PM
Another Blue-eyed Grass. (I'm told there are some 200 known species.) This one is Sisyrinchium atlanticum.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1410.jpeg

(watercolor over ink on Clairefontaine 90g paper)

earnest_ward
06-11-2013, 05:57 PM
Great drawings and accompanying information. So TWSBI makes notebooks now?

Thanks Debby. Yes, TWSBI is (I think) the first pen company to offer their own line -- available in three sizes and three styles (lined, unlined, and grid), with a soft leatherette binding, ribbon bookmark, and elastic closure.

If you're interested, I've done a first review here. (My second installment will address questions regarding pH levels, chlorine-free status, and whether or not the paper uses fibers that are sustainable sourced.)

http://earnestward.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-penmens-journals-twsbi.html

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1359.JPEG

doug105
06-11-2013, 08:37 PM
Several of the pictures in your blog are not loading for me (Using IE).......

DougN

DrDebby
06-11-2013, 08:59 PM
Thanks for the notebook review. Lovely tiny flower.

earnest_ward
06-11-2013, 10:01 PM
Several of the pictures in your blog are not loading for me (Using IE).......

DougN

Sorry to hear that your experiencing difficulties Doug. You might try accessing via another platform and see if that resolves the issue. (Thus far I haven't heard of anyone else experiencing the same problem.) Cheers!

earnest_ward
06-13-2013, 07:27 PM
This one was a fun, serendipitous find. It can be added raw to a salad. It's leaves can be steeped to make a lemonade substitute high in vitamin C. The raw pods taste like rhubarb (yum!). And the entire plant can be boiled to create a bright orange dye or ink. (Nature is SO brilliant! :clap: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2013/101693-IMG_1441.JPEG

vhere
06-14-2013, 06:28 AM
Lovely sketches and I like the information you give, that last one sounds a very useful little plant.

Joan T
06-14-2013, 10:21 AM
Lovely yellow flowers, and apparently very handy for a variety of uses!

DrDebby
06-14-2013, 03:20 PM
What a delightful plant. Your sketch and information is great.

Terry Wynn
06-15-2013, 06:12 PM
This is another beauty. Particularly love the detail in the folded petals (leaves?).

Terry

gakinme
06-18-2013, 11:19 PM
Earnest, I have just started noticing wildflowers and your detailed studies are really nicely done. The iris is stunning and the work on colored paper is really very attractive.

MartinaL
06-19-2013, 12:58 AM
Wow! So many beautiful sketches! Wonderful :thumbsup:

Martina

Finvarra
06-21-2013, 04:49 AM
Hi Ernest, loved looking at all your wildflowers, so different to what we have here in the UK. You pack a lot of info in your delightful drawings.

Cheers
Lesley

mhimeswc
07-22-2013, 04:50 PM
Super wildflower sketches and notations. The only wildflowers I have access to here in suburban New Jersey are dandelions. LOL!

poochemio
07-30-2013, 01:47 PM
Earnest your sketchbooks are always living proof that the world is overflowing with items to sketch, and that the simplest things can provide beautiful sketches and paintings.