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01-02-2017, 12:37 PM
Did it! Started this on January 1st! Colored it today on the 2nd and got the photo, but this horse was done from life on January 1st. Bodes well for my haphazard attempt to return to daily art.

Red Mare from Life
3 1/2" x 5"
Pigma Micron 01 and Derwent Inktense, washed.

Coloring her counts for today's unless I do something else. Which I might.

01-02-2017, 03:20 PM
Happy New Year, Robert! Good for you on getting back to daily sketching/art. I'm trying to do the same this year.

01-02-2017, 03:51 PM
Happy New Year! From life - yay!

01-04-2017, 02:21 PM
Purr thank you! Keeping on with the same little Pentalic journal... didn't paint yesterday but here's today's!

Sissy Cat and Shiny Ornament Page (Life)
3 1/2" x 5"
Pigma Micron 01 and Sennelier watercolors
Pentalic Nature Journal 100lb watercolor paper.

01-05-2017, 10:21 AM
Yay kitty!

01-05-2017, 06:36 PM
Purr thank you!

Today's another, an important one. I have done this pattern in variations in a bunch of different sketchbooks dating back to the early 90s. I got it from a book I bought in 1992 or 1993, sometime around then while I was in New Orleans and active in the SCA. Immediately copied out the 12 Basic Knots but rearranged them. Ever since have been rearranging them to have an exemplar page to work out new knotwork designs with.

LOST the dang thing despite having done it lots of times. Buried in my stuff that didn't move to San Francisco, along with the source book. I finally found one from 2005 hiding on DeviantArt, so copied the knots today and rearranged a little to fit them into a new pocket moleskine. The old one only has a few open pages and I wasn't going to do this again a month later. Time to start the new book!

12 Basic Knots sampler
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Pigma Micron and Derwent Inktense washed on pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal.
Drawn and designed from a previous sketchbook page from 2005 and so on back to a book I owned in 1993 or 1994 and still have buried. Reference page of Celtic knots for designing knotwork.

I have an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) event on Saturday and wanted this in a sketchbook I'd have on me. The event is "Newbie" and there's bound to be people curious about the knotwork that I'd love to hand that out to, or at least let them snap a photo with their phones. I tend to show people how to do knotwork but without this, it's hard to remember all of the particular knots or what works best for what kind of design.

It's not my cleanest drafted one but it's tolerable. I have been more precise when my eyes were better and it wasn't as bitter cold.

01-17-2017, 01:35 AM
Such lively a horse and cat, great definition in the structure of the kitty, makes feel real solid.

Your knotwork is so cool, it's something that I'd like to get into, but I know currently, I don't have the focus or patience required, maybe someday soon I'll give it a try. Although I feel there should be quotation marks around "basic" in that title page...lol. Looks like a lot to remember.

01-17-2017, 06:53 PM
Oh it is a lot to remember, that's why I made my little cheat sheet as the first page in the journal. If I want to add knotwork to anything later in the journal, I'll flip back to that page to see what designs I want to use. They're pretty easy to copy. In fact, that relates to today's art!

I signed up to do a class at Gulf Wars in March, so I had to create a version of the 12 Knots page that I could have copied at Kinko's. With a full sheet to work on, I was also able to put the construction method instructions in the center, so I think the handout came out well. I'm going to have 100 of them printed and stash several copies in various places. I used to have a lovely one that I created for a class in the 90s, but no copies of it survived.

Thus this one, which is pretty simple and basic. Anyone who takes the class can also color it to get more familiar with what the knots do and how many strands are involved - some of them have two strands working into each other and that shows up in the coloring.

12 Basic Knots Class Handout
8 1/2" x 11"
Pigma Micron pen on Stonehenge paper, designed freehand.

01-18-2017, 05:11 PM
And today's is ...

Maggie Waiting
3 1/2" x 5"
Pigma Micron pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on Pentalic journal
From my own photo.

I had my pocket journal handy and used a Kindle photo of Maggie to do this, first in pencil and then Pigma Micron with the little Richeson 8 color pocket watercolor tin that I refilled with Daniel Smith watercolors. I still use that one a lot, though what's frustrating is that I can't seem to find the Quinacridone Gold tube to refill it, so I'm short on Quinacridone Gold in it. Very frustrating when I love that color.

At some point I'll find a box or tub or something that has the 10 Color Wheel set in it plus a couple of other favorites and it's entirely possible I will have replaced more than half of them due to frustration at not finding it. I did replace Hansa Yellow Light because that was an essential. Quinacridone Gold is up next, seriously.

01-19-2017, 02:02 PM
Life Sketch of Trees
3 1/2" x 5"
Pigma Micron 01 and Sennelier watercolors on Pentalic journal.

Second day keeping up daily sketching, so this is going well. I was outside having a smoke, noticed these trees and decided to have a go. Added the cardinal at the end to brighten it by contrast.

Joan T
01-22-2017, 08:51 AM
Love your animal sketches...a horse from life...they don't like to stand still for too long. Good jobs on the knots!

01-22-2017, 10:56 AM
Good idea to add the cardinal for a pop of colour. Love Maggie's profile :)

01-25-2017, 07:15 PM
Purr thank you! The horse stood still for a good long time, I was happy about that. I love Maggie's profile too, she's such a pretty dog.

Today I've made progress on my latest project, an Award of Arms scroll. Next step is calligraphy in Irish Half-Uncial with a fancy capital I haven't designed yet, just sketched in. The border's inked.

First stage, design and text block design.

Second stage, knotwork penciled.

Third stage, knotwork inked.
Original Award of Arms scroll, Celtic style
9" x 12" pen on Arches 140lb hot press paper.

Final version will be painted with color and have calligraphy, the calligraphy's the tricky bit I need to get done tomorrow along with coloring and rubrication - going around the design with little red dots.

Monastic Bat
01-26-2017, 09:29 AM
Robert, I really have no idea of what an "Award of Arms" scroll is, but looking at the intracacy of the knot work, I look forward to seeing it in color and completed.
P.S. - To show how enlightened I am, I had to look up "rubrication". :o

01-26-2017, 03:51 PM
Thank you! LOL yeah, so did I when I first heard of it. Rubrication is adding outlines of red dots to the fancy capital and maybe the border or other elements. I'll definitely do it on the fancy W, probably do it on the knotwork too in order to make the whole thing livelier.

Got the text done!

AoA Scroll, Text Finished
Pigma Micron, dip pen and pencil on 9" x 12" Arches hot press WC paper.

01-26-2017, 08:05 PM
Thanks for showing the progression :)

01-26-2017, 09:51 PM
Purr thanks! Got two more stages - it's finished!

Scroll painted with gouache and some gold detailing.

The very last stage was rubrication and cleaning up the inked lines of the knotwork by going over it with the Pigma Micron again.
Award of Arms Scroll for Society for Creative Anachronism
9" x 12" - Pigma Micron and Dip Pen with Gouache and Daniel Smith Iridescent Gold watercolor on Arches hot press 140lb watercolor paper.

Finished in time!

Monastic Bat
01-27-2017, 10:19 AM
It looks good and it looks like a lot of work.

01-31-2017, 07:41 PM
Oh it was! I got it done though! I started another one yesterday with a little less knotwork but an involved spiral design. Took all day finishing it but I like how it came out. Colors are authentic to the Book of Durrow, which I thought was cool.

Celtic AoA Scroll 2
9" x 12"
Pigma Micron pen, gouache and gold watercolor on Arches hot press watercolor paper. Original design based on Book of Kells and other ancient sources, scroll text is for Society for Creative Anachronism "Award of Arms" award.

01-31-2017, 09:08 PM
Cool work!

02-03-2017, 03:24 PM
Purr! Thank you! Got another one at the pencil stage, almost finished penciling. Then ink and paint and calligraphy... with my Blick box coming tomorrow, will have the new red pen for rubrication to make that easier!

Joan T
02-05-2017, 10:51 PM
Your scroll work is getting better and better, Robert! Nice!!

02-06-2017, 06:16 PM
Purr! Thank you!

Today I've got the third one done! Took me five days to do it and it is the most elaborate yet, especially in terms of knotwork and spiral designs.

Celtic AoA Scroll 3
9" x 12" Pigma Micron, dip pen and gouache on Arches hot press watercolor paper, original design. Colors inspired by Lindisfarne Gospel.

Joan T
02-06-2017, 08:42 PM
Wow...great job on this last one!

Monastic Bat
02-08-2017, 09:18 AM
Robert you are getting more complex and better with these.

02-09-2017, 05:40 PM
Thank you! With the event coming up starting tomorrow - we leave tomorrow afternoon - I didn't have time for another original. So I did a couple of pre-prints, scrolls designed by other scribes and printed out for someone else to paint. Here's both the one I finished today and the one I finished earlier.

Pre-Print Jeweled Ring Scroll
Printed scroll and gouache (not my calligraphy or design except for painted details in some areas.)

Pre-Print Jeweled Ring Scroll 2
Printed scroll and gouache, not my calligraphy or design except for painted details in some areas and most of the landscape design - the first line of ground was printed, the trees and mountains are mine along with the outermost gold border.

Still keeping on with the Kingdom Scrolls thing. I plan on designing a series of Kingdom Scrolls doing pre-prints with calligraphy for every Kingdom level award, along with eventually a series of original scrolls for each of the awards. Though I'll probably always enjoy doing the AoA ones, that text is short and easy!

02-10-2017, 01:30 AM
Wow those are super interesting. I absolutely love the one with the thick blue border and the knotwork design, it's so intricate and beautiful!

03-22-2017, 04:30 PM
Purr! Thank you! Yeah, that one was my best. Now I've done it better! At least I think so. Each one seems to get a bit more intense than the last...

Celtic Scroll 4 “Serpentine”
9” x 12”
Pigma micron pen, dip pen, Pelikan pan gouache, Daniel Smith Iridescent Gold watercolor on Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper. Award of Arms scroll for Society for Creative Anachronism, Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Tree of Life Border (Bar & Vine 1)
Pen on paper, 9” x 12” line art for Society for Creative Anachronism award scroll to be finished and painted by other artists.

My best Celtic scroll yet! Original beasties, three of them. I started with doing the W as one, then decided to do two more snake-dragon-eel-thingies in the arch instead of the birds I'd planned, they looked better. My first original beasties instead of just carefully copying one out of the book. I will have another scroll to post later, need to get photos, of a lamb in a big capital O that I based loosely on a Celtic deer.

Then I drew the Tree of Life border to relax, learned the stylized patterns for Bar & Vine designs and have fun doing them. They work up fast! Someone else will paint and do calligraphy on this but many of mine will be done start to finish. It's a good fast style!

When it's painted, the bars will be bright red or ultramarine and have little patterns on them with a fine point brush in light tints of that color or white. I found out this works out well for volunteer areas because new scribes come in and either learn calligraphy with someone else's border to write in, or want to paint scrolls but can't draw. So I'll be doing a lot of this at big events like Gulf Wars, give the new folks something fun to work with instead of doing a giant project like the Serpentine.

Same event I did a fast one in three hours, started at 10:30am and finished just after 1:00 pm. I'll post that when I get a photo, it was for my own granddaughter so the original came home with me and will live in our house once it's framed!

I drew two more borders too, one will be posted when I'm done with the calligraphy since I'm submitting it as a Pre-Print design, the other I'll just get a photo and send it on. I'm having fun with these.

I found out after I was there for five hours that hanging out at Scribe's Point working on scrolls counted as Volunteering. So I racked up a bit over 30 hours of Volunteer Time at the event without having to ride patrol on a golf cart or sit at Troll checking people in, the two areas where I could volunteer while sitting down. I wound up doing what I love for as long as I wanted to and will do more next year. I had trouble getting up there till noon since I needed help from my camp-mates to guide me to it on a very large confusing site, get me out of the sand pits when my power chair got stuck and keep track of my service dog dragging the cart, untangling her when she got distracted etc. etc. But next year I'm getting more powerful batteries and packing lighter stuff, also will have much more practice for both me and the dog on the "drag the cart" thing to get my class teaching stuff up there.

03-22-2017, 10:13 PM
I found out after I was there for five hours that hanging out at Scribe's Point working on scrolls counted as Volunteering.... I wound up doing what I love for as long as I wanted to and will do more next year.

Woo hoo! Way to go! And these are great works you are doing now. Tell me more about this service dog you have? Photos?

03-24-2017, 02:05 PM
Her name is Maggie and she's in training. She dragged a cart with my supplies and had my meds in her saddlebags, but that latter turned out to be a bad idea when I couldn't find them in the mornings. I'm in training too. I'm not used to handling dogs at all and she doesn't respond well to being treated like a cat, she gets confused. Then again, I don't expect cats to work for me either! So this event was an experiment. She was well behaved but we're still working on what she'll do and what's helpful.


She's half Border Collie and half Australian Shepherd. Very friendly and affectionate, she honestly wants to please me. She doesn't understand my signals though and listens to tone more than words. I get her to sit three out of four times now that I've got one hand gesture. Before that she just got confused.

I think she will be a lot more help later on once we teach her more tricks. One that I really want her to be able to do is Go Get Lily! Know the names of people in the family and go find them if I'm in trouble. Also to guide me back to camp when I'm at a large event like that, remembering where our camp is and leading the way. But that's going to take some training time. I looked at what I needed help with at the event and what she could learn to do and those two things would have helped a lot. But she was pretty good at dragging the cart as long as Lily (Kitten) was the one guiding her.

03-24-2017, 09:29 PM
Utterly elegant!

What script/font are you working in? Uncial?

Joan T
03-27-2017, 08:50 PM
Robert, you work on these is so impressive!!!

Maggie looks like a perfect addition to your life. With training I'm sure the two of you will do really well together. How great that she was able to haul the cart for you.

05-30-2017, 12:04 PM
Joan, yes, it's Uncial!

Maggie has sort of made up her mind that she's my daughter's service dog. I tried my best, but Maggie does not always even do what I say. However, she started making herself useful to help my daughter's autism symptoms, and when she hurt her back, she can't actually carry a purse any more. So the tiny saddlebags that aren't large enough for my art supplies wound up a lifesaver for her. It all worked out well. I do love the Maggie-moo, but she's not really my dog.

I am back to being a cat person, more than a dog person. I have my Sissy-fluff and she likes to sit in my lap for hours at a time being petted and then meowing if I stop for any reason before she's done.

Maggie is a beauty though and will definitely be my model for all things canine, she's such a classic pretty dog!

Finished this scroll for the event coming up next weekend, now doing the last details on the other one that also has to be done by Thursday...

Yeoman Champion Scroll
9" x 12"
Gouache, shell gold, ink on pergamanata (vegetable parchment)
Inspired by 13th century French master.

What I found out is that getting a deadline on a project actually makes it a whole lot harder even if I have loads of time before the deadline. I wind up spending way too much of that time researching and fussing about it instead of getting it done.

Calligraphy on this one is Blackletter, a slightly simplified Textura Quadrata if I want to be technical. Capital letters copied from other contemporary capitals, "versals" and done in gold because I could.

Monastic Bat
05-30-2017, 12:36 PM
Looking good Robert. I agree with you that Maggie is a beauty.:wave::wave::wave:

05-30-2017, 03:51 PM
Thanks, Greg!

Here's the last scroll, the one that really needed to be done by Thursday since the actual challenge is next weekend. Wish I could go and see it, but it's still cool to know that these will get seen and appreciated.

Champion Scroll - Sentry
9" x 12"
Gouache, ink and shell gold on Pergamanata (vegetable parchment)
Inspired by 13th century French master.

Joan T
06-05-2017, 01:54 PM
Robert, your scroll work is just wonderful!!!

06-28-2017, 01:43 PM
Robert, that is gorgeous!

08-13-2017, 10:59 PM
Purr! Thank you!

Finally finished this one and it took six weeks to get around to doing the last little cat sketches on the lines. Everything else was done a month and a half ago. But I choked on the cat drawings, when I'm good at drawing cats and good at doing the medieval thing with dip pens. I had to mix gray ink by thinning black to gray, which was tricky. The top kitten, the line came out heavy and I was frustrated by it but had to do the rest at least similar. Sorting that out took days of thinking about it.

Cat Lovers' Grant of Arms Scroll for SCA
9" x 12"
Pen, gouache and ink on Arches hot press 140lb watercolor paper.
Cat signature by Kyra Kitty in thin sepia watercolor.
Inspired by various 13th and 14th century Books of Hours.

08-22-2017, 01:53 AM
Beautiful scroll work, Robert.

08-23-2017, 01:43 PM
these are absolutely beautiful!

08-23-2017, 02:08 PM
All of this is very beautiful and elegant.

Thank you.

08-23-2017, 02:22 PM
These are so intricate! Lovely!

Scene Chaser
08-23-2017, 02:48 PM
Amazing, Robert. You have brilliant control and talent.

Joan T
09-12-2017, 05:46 PM
Robert, super work. Can't wait to see more of these.

12-05-2017, 09:46 PM
Came up against some time problems and then I got sick during November. Still coming out of that. So glad everyone likes the SCA scrolls! I love doing them but have not been doing much either of those or sketching.

12-06-2017, 06:17 PM
Rob, you could have been a monk working on those beautifully decorated books in the middle ages. Do you still review art products? Gary

12-07-2017, 09:10 AM
Thanks, Gary! Yes, I do - funny you should ask that, since I'm working on a review right now and will be posting it later today. Here's the art for it:

Frankie and Iggy
5" x 8" Watercolor Moleskine journal
Sennelier pan watercolors and Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle Waterbrush
Photo reference by coldpress for December Challenge 2017

I used the Fiber Tip waterbrush, which has a very different tip than brush pens like the Tombow Dual Tip brush side - it's more like the bullet tip side of a Tombow. Except that being a water brush it's got a fade from full strength to lighter color, which made it interesting. Was much more like drawing than painting those cats even though I could fill in to smooth gradated washes.

I also got photos of two sketches I did in November:

Freya and Oak Leaf
8" x 5' landscape watercolor Moleskine journal
watercolor oak leaf, Pitt pens for horse, from life.

Freya in Pitt Pens
large watercolor Moleskine journal, from life, in Pitt Artist Pens.

All of November I was focused on writing my Nanowrimo novel, barely got online. I had one day out when I sketched this horse and a leaf, but didn't get online or even get photos of it. So I got caught up now. Will be doing more sketching soon.

Will also be posting a review of the Caran d'Ache waterbrush on my art materials reviews blog.

12-07-2017, 09:55 AM
Nice work, you have way more patience than I do!

12-07-2017, 12:10 PM
Purr thank you! Today's the first day in weeks that I felt decent, even though it's cold out. So today I was seriously productive. Did yet another one, this time for the WDE! My scrolls may take a lot of patience to do well, but this kind of sketching is more fast and loose. Only pastels go quicker, pastels are instant gratification.

Three Deer
8 x 5" Large Moleskine Journal
Derwent Inktense washed with Caran d'Ache Medium Waterbrush
Photo reference from Dec. 1 Weekend Drawing Event by Lisilk

Last day for the Lisilk WDE and as usual she had a lot of photos I liked. I love her references, all of them. Inktense washed with a water brush.

12-07-2017, 01:18 PM
Although I am not a cat person, I think that you did an exceptional job on the pair. Gary

Monastic Bat
12-08-2017, 10:09 AM
Robert, it is good to see you back. As usual, your Scrolls are great and I enjoy seeing your sketches.

12-08-2017, 06:17 PM
Purr, thank you! Got another cat in today, since a new WDE started.

Miss Pixi
8" x 5" page (one side) large Moleskine journal
General's Sketch Wash pencil, watercolor, including white Lyra watercolor
Photo reference by crispur2005 for December 8 2017 Weekend Drawing Event

Experimented using a graphite sketch and wash pencil, then washing with watercolor as well as water. Got some soft color, still trying to get a Graphitints look without it being as fugitive.

Joan T
12-08-2017, 09:48 PM
Great sketches of the cats and deer. Glad you are feeling better.

12-09-2017, 02:02 PM
Okay, lots to catch up on! I got photos of my pocket Moleskine, found sketches going back to September that I hadn't posted. Here is today's sketch first!

Gemini kitten from life 5" x 3"
Pitt Artist pens on pocket Moleskine watercolor journal.

Pretty fast and important because day three, I'm back to doing Daily Sketching, or trying to. Three days in a row is a good start.

Now for the catch-up, earliest first...

Sissy Cat
5" x 3" pen and watercolor on pocket Moleskine Watercolor, my photo.

Landscape with Lantern from life
Pentel Pocket Brush pen and washed Inktense on Pocket Moleskine Watercolor, also from September 2017.

Horses from Life also Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, watercolor, Pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal.

Geese, Calf, Doves, Horse from life
Pigma Micron pen and Sennelier watercolors on Pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal. October 25th and I'm glad I listed that on the page.

So, caught up on the outdoor sketching I did in the pocket Moleskine. There may still be other unphotographed sketches in other journals but this was the one I usually carried, so it's probably most if not all the leftovers.

May have another painting to post today, see how that goes.

12-11-2017, 05:47 PM
Sketched yesterday but didn't get a photo till today. It was my birthday and I was a bit busy, barely had time for a teeny sketch. Part of a page in the small moleskine, next to the Gemini sketch already posted.

Goat sketch and Cedar Trunk sketch, life
About 3" x 2" on pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal
Dry Inktense and Pigma Micron 01

Today I went back to the page with Miss Pixi on it in the large Moleskine and painted two pears, testing my new Lyra Opaque Watercolor 24 color pans set. Love those. Used the 1/4" flat bristle brush included, which made them a bit odd to handle - maybe should have done details with a round but it was odd working with a very stiff flat brush instead. One that bushed out as I was using it too, rather than staying in an edgy flat shape.

Miss Pixi and Pears
8" x 5"
Pears in Lyra opaque watercolor on large Moleskine Watercolor journal.
From imagination.

Detail of pears alone:

Going to use the pears painting in my review of those watercolors this Wednesday, they compare very well to the Pelikan 24 color set and cost a bit less. Very convenient shape to the box too, no artistic curves but nice flat stackable rectangle with a top tray that comes out easily.

Minerva C
12-11-2017, 11:32 PM
Lovely sketches!
Late happy birthday :)

12-12-2017, 02:11 PM
Like them all but especially the well drawn tree and lamp. Gary

12-12-2017, 04:39 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, I had fun that day out on one of Kitten's horse shoeing expeditions. That's a place that does weddings, and she both shoes their horses and goes in on weekends to play harp at weddings. So I had a wait in the truck while some people got married and plenty of time to sketch and paint the scene. I loved that lantern.

12-12-2017, 07:12 PM
Sissy Sleeping (Life)
5" x 3" Conklin fountain pen on pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal.

Today got myself a new fountain pen. I surrendered to a catalog when it was actually a lovely maroon color, dignified looking, half off and included a free bottle of Monteverde ink. It's lovely ink, a beautiful shade of blue. It's also a nice fountain pen and the medium point isn't so broad that I can't use it for sketching. Nib is a little stiff compared to some I've had but still nice.

So had to test it out, when who should be sleeping next to me on my bed but the sweet beautiful Sissy cat!

12-13-2017, 08:43 AM
Today's sketch inspired by "And the next sketch is..." thread...

Thin Ice - Winter Memories (from memory and imagination)
Fountain pen on Grumbacher Mixed Media paper, 5" x 8"

Just trying out the new sketchbook, which I bought because it said you could take pages out and put them back in again. It has a trick for doing so that I thought was pretty clever for a wire bound journal.

12-14-2017, 12:43 PM
Today's sketches are in a new little kraft bound sketchbook that I got as a prize for entering an Arts & Sciences competition at an event, with my scroll. I really liked it and immediately started shoving it in my pocket, where I started doing pen drawings in it mainly. Not sure if I photographed the first few pages or not, might not have. But here are the latest two:

Elk Head, 3" x 5" fountain pen on kraft bound sketchbook, from detail in photo in waiting room, major alteration.

Landscape and tree, 3" x 5" fountain pen on kraft bound sketchbook, begun from detail in waiting room photo but altered severely.

12-14-2017, 03:37 PM
Love your inked elk and the landscape also. Sketching helps pass the time.

12-15-2017, 01:22 PM
I am a fan of landscapes but they are not easy to do in quick ink sketches. I like both "Thin Ice" and the "Tree". Gary

12-15-2017, 02:15 PM
Purr thank you both! Yeah, it does help pass the time. I'm retired now, not selling, but continuing to improve my art. I may get to a point where I sell again, but need to get my studio ready first and build more health. Right now it's a big deal to get back to daily sketching and actually manage something every day, instead of having whole weeks and months go by with no art.

Seed Pods
5" x 8"
Pigma Micron pens and Sennelier watercolor on Grumbacher Mixed Media sketchbook 90lb watercolor paper.
Photo reference by artastic for WDE 9-15-2017.

12-15-2017, 03:49 PM
I especially love the latest sketch Rob, so clean and pretty!

Joan T
12-15-2017, 04:00 PM
Love the seed pods and the elk head. It is hard to get back into the habit of sketching once you stop for a while...and you were sick, so getting back will take time. Good idea to keep the sketchbook with you.

12-16-2017, 01:22 PM
Purr thank you both! Joan, yeah, that's a lot of what happened during 2017. I got out of the habit and then didn't develop a new one - didn't find out what time of day was best to start or to tuck it in when I was busy and didn't have much time. Also wasn't online much, so that made it real easy to skip. I'm still catching up on sketches I did while riding out with Kitten to her horse shoeing appointments but not getting online when I did it, so not posting them. Scattered through lots of different journals too.

Today's art - from a photo Sascha took for me with my phone.

Jacqueline the Outside Cat
3" x 5"
Colored Pigma Microns and Sennelier Watercolor
on pocket Moleskine Watercolor, from my granddaughter Sascha's photo.

12-18-2017, 01:25 PM
Yay, another sketch. Yesterday's daily art didn't count because it was origami done from a book, though you can see it on my Facebook. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon doing the lily pattern with my grandson Gabriel. I had never done it before and didn't realize it had 32 steps, but he really got it. So we each did a red one and then my granddaughter crafted spiffy wire stem-stamen-hangers and painted them with gouache, varnished them so it wouldn't flake off and put them together as a gift for my daughter. Collaboration between all three of us. She loved them.

Eh, I'll put the photo in just for the story...

Lilies for Lily Holiday Project with Grandkids

Today's daily art isn't crafts, it's art again.

Magenta Ornament for December Watermedia Challenge 2017
5" x 8"
Lyra Opaque Watercolor and Finetec Pearlescent Colour on large Moleskine Watercolor Journal. Photo reference by ColdPress for challenge.

This took me two days to finish! I got the background done and the background red ball blocked in one afternoon, then got into other stuff. Then today did the metallic stuff and the big magenta ornament centerpiece. Did not come out exactly as planned but it's bright and jolly and I like it anyway. One of those experiments that came out cool and nothing like planned.

Joan T
12-18-2017, 03:20 PM
Robert, I love the lily origami pieces. The only thing I can make in origami is a dove. An aunt (She was my least favorite person in the family.) taught me when I was about 10. I think it was the only nice thing she ever did. lol I don't know how I remembered. I love that ornament!!! That would make a beautiful Christmas card.

12-19-2017, 02:47 PM
PURRR thank you! I did the lily out of a book, it was my first time doing it as well as my grandson's first time doing one. It came out really well but took us two hours to puzzle through the instructions. He was very quick on it and got it well, I was impressed with how great his was. Tons better than my first crane, which is the only origami I have memorized. I'm working on trying to memorize a frog pattern related to the crane that I think is cool. The book has a fish that would look nice in glitter paper as a Christmas ornament, so I'm thinking of doing that one too.

Purr thanks about the ornament. The longer I look at it, the more I like it. Especially the "glitter" effect of scattered tiny dots of white and light color, that really worked well.

Today I kept it simple with a pen sketch of my outdoor cat, Jacqueline. She really, really wants to be an Indoor Cat and so when my daughter's family finish building my cottage, she'll get to move in with me and Sissy. As long as she gets on with my fluff girl, she can stay warm. She is pale orange, a faded orange with the faintest hint of tabbying. I call her the iridescent cat, because the tips of her hairs fade to white and give her this lovely shimmery glow that I've only ever seen on "blue" gray cats.

Jacqueline the Outdoor Cat from Life
3" x 5" Moleskine Watercolor pocket sketchbook, fountain pen.

Joan T
12-19-2017, 06:04 PM
I love that you are surrounded by animals you can sketch!!!

12-19-2017, 09:02 PM
Nice glitter on the Christmas ornament. Gary

12-21-2017, 07:42 AM
Purr thank you both! I was thrilled to see how the glitter on the ornament worked. I had a feeling it would but wasn't sure till it was done.

And of course I'm very happy to have four cats inside, three cats outside, one attractive dog, numerous goats, a hen, a sheep and four or five horses! One of the horses has to live down the road a bit because there's only space for four, but he's in walking distance for Sascha to go get him to ride. Being able to sketch animals is a joy.

Having warm purring cats on my lap inside or outside is a joy on cold days. My desk is the cat highway up the high bookcase. It's a feeding station, so I have cats running up and down all day. If I'm in my chair they go over me as part of the route. Sissy the Fluff Girl just headed up for breakfast.

12-21-2017, 03:48 PM
Daily art again today - yesterday I reviewed my fountain pen instead of drawing. Just used earlier sketches with it, the writing was art. But today I went back to the WDE...

Butterfly and Flower
3" x 5"
Lyra Opaque Watercolor and Pentel Brush Pen on pocket Moleskine Watercolor
Photo reference by artastic for Dec. 15th 2017 Weekend Drawing Event.

Joan T
12-21-2017, 08:39 PM
I'm still picturing you with the cats using you as part of their path. lol Nice job on the butterfly and flower for the WDE.

12-22-2017, 06:39 PM
Purr thank you! Started a mixed media project for the new WDE today:

Kitty in Progress for WDE, photo by Scattykat
6" x 8" on gray Strathmore Mixed Media paper, pencil and gouache.
(More mixed media to follow)

Will post again when she's finished. She's obviously having a good time. I might visit this WDE more than once since there's so many good ones...

My kitty does need the background, otherwise she looks like she's gleefully falling. Well, it's motion!

I also found a couple of test pages in colored pencils on the Strathmore Toned Mixed Media pads, one on the Tan one and one on the Gray. Camera didn't get the color on the tan well.

Sketches on Strathmore Toned Tan Mixed Media pad, 6" x 8"
Colored pencils. No references, just memory and imagination.

Sketches on Toned Gray Strathmore Mixed Media pad, 6" x 8"
Colored pencils. Rock and leaf from life, no references.

12-23-2017, 04:39 PM
Hi Rob,

I love the rock! I have been trying to copy rock drawings from art books, but it's so difficult. :) Yours is perfect.

12-23-2017, 04:44 PM
I rode out today with Kitten on her horse shoeing trip... she kept some of her favorite clients after starting the Barn Manager job, so weekends are shoeing excursions. It was fun. Her first client gave me a beautiful new sketchbook with included pencil on a loop, so of course I started it off by sketching her critters from life. She had horses, mini horses, ponies, a widowed Chinese Gray goose and several dogs including this white mountain named Woody. Her husband took photos of my three pages and then I got a photo of the fourth, after we left I sketched a piece of petrified wood that he gave me. It was an extraurdinary day with surprise presents in it!

Sketches from Life Page 1
6" x 8" on Artists Loft hardbound sketchbook with included pencil.

Sketches from Life Page 2
6" x 8" on Artists Loft hardbound sketchbook with included pencil.

Sketches from Life Page 3
6" x 8" on Artists Loft hardbound sketchbook with included pencil.

Sketches from Life Page 4
6" x 8" on Artists Loft hardbound sketchbook with included pencil.

Note: pages 2 and 3 got switched in titles, just checked the actual sketchbook. Oops! I just posted them in the order John posted his photos to me. Photos of the first three pages by John Morelli, used with his permission.

I haven't done this many pencil sketches for a long time. It was fun. The paper's fairly light and doesn't seem like multimedia so I'll be using dry mediums on this - and probably more pencils than anything else. Maybe pen sketching. But no watercolor really, the pages cockle. A mild cockle formed on Page 4 from a mere drip of condensation that was under it, so, better safe than sorry on the wet mediums. It's got 80 pages though. I'll be filling this one for a good long time!

12-23-2017, 11:44 PM
Very cool sketches, especially like the page with the peacock head. What a lovely bird.

12-24-2017, 11:58 AM
Purr thank you! Otherworlder, I got to visit a horse shoeing client who had three peacocks (well two and a pea hen) on his spread, and watched them strut around and scrounge and move. Got in some life sketches a while ago in my small journal and then had the memory, it really helped! I love peacocks. I love getting to use those colors!

Finished my Twisty Kitty painting at last!

Twisty Kitty
6" x 8" from reference by Scattykat for WDE 12-22-2017
Toned gray Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Lyra Gouache, Maimeri Gouache, Pentel Brush Pen, Sakura Gelly Roll pen (white).

She took three sessions and a whole lot of thought. I like how she came out. Sometimes the time spent painting is only a tiny fraction of time spent on the painting...

Monastic Bat
12-24-2017, 12:19 PM
Robert, I am partial to cats myself. This is very nice work on the Twisty Kitty, Robert. :clap::clap::clap:

12-25-2017, 12:48 PM
Purr thank you! Did something a little different today - a sketch in pastels...

2017 Christmas Card (from life)
6" x 8" hard pastels on toned tan Strathmore Mixed Media card.
Happy Holidays!

Of course a cat got into it, this is me after all! Usually piled with cats.

12-25-2017, 01:20 PM

12-27-2017, 12:07 PM
Purr thank you! Today's got yesterday's post too...

Cat Sketches from Life (Sissy the Fluff Girl)
3" x 5" Conklin fountain pen on paper, small no-name sketchbook.

That was yesterday's art, after which I napped all day. I've been sleeping like my cat, because I'm trying to fight off the second horrible cold of the winter. Yuck. Triple yuck. It's too cold out! But today's art makes up for it... wow. I love how this one came out. Did not expect it to be this good.

Goat rules the log! (From 12-22-2017 WDE photo by Scattykat)
5" x 8" on large Moleskine watercolor journal.
Pentel Color Brush pens in black, sepia, gray and Aquash water brush.

Jo Castillo
12-27-2017, 12:53 PM
Hey, Robert! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!
I really like all the sketches for your day out horse shoeing. My dad did that and I loved helping him hold the horses and pet them. Happy to see you sketching away.

Pine Cone
12-28-2017, 12:15 AM
Hi Robert! It's such a treat to see your work again! What an absolutely incredible journal!!! I'm gobsmacked!!!!!!! Your tender portrayals of animals heal the soul and are inspiring with their quality and sensitivity to each animal you work with... So wonderful to see.

12-28-2017, 05:30 AM
great goat - full of life

12-28-2017, 11:38 AM
Purr thank you! Merry Christmas to you too and a happy New Year! I've been considering resolutions like "drink more alcohol" and "avoid worrying." I don't actually hold horses, that would take staying on my feet too long. So I usually sit in the truck staying warmish and sketching whatever stands near it. usually that's horses but it can be anything.

Don't know what I'm doing today yet, but there's a good chance for Inside Cats given the weather.

12-29-2017, 06:35 PM
Yesterday's art was the rough draft of a written article, but today I got back to actual art for the day's art or artish.

Jezebel, Studio Cat to KreativeK (from WDE 12-29-2017)
5" x 8" on large Moleskine Watercolor journal
Pentel Color brush pen set including Aquash water brush, Sennelier Cinerious Blue watercolor for those luminous blue eyes.

Start of a new WDE and I plan to have more from this one. There are three more cats and a donkey in the references...

12-30-2017, 07:43 AM
lovely one :)

12-30-2017, 01:07 PM
Lovely cat sketch! Kay took a good picture too. :)

12-30-2017, 03:43 PM
Some really nice animal sketches, Robert.

12-30-2017, 07:47 PM
Purr thank you! Today's sketch is a different cat - one of ours actually. I took a photo of Sekhmet outdoors some time back and found it on my Kindle, so I painted her while I was out with Kitten today horse shoeing.

Sekhmet, the Outdoor Queen (from own photo)
6" x 8" on Toned Tan Strathmore Mixed Media pad
Lukas 1854 watercolor, gouache, Pentel Color Brush pens, white gel pen, Pigma Micron.

12-31-2017, 06:12 PM
Three Cats on a Bed (WDE 12-29-2017 KreativeK Host)
3" x 5" on pocket Moleskine watercolor journal
Pentel Color Brush set, gouache, white gel pen, Pigma Micron

Today's painting is for the WDE again, this time I meant to keep the cats simpler. The quality of the line by itself didn't work for what I was planning though, so I washed it with the gray pen and washed out color from the blanket to get a cool texture.

Pine Cone
12-31-2017, 08:51 PM
Robert, these are amazing, so beautiful! Sekhmet especially is so full of life, a gorgeous cat painted with quality and love. Superb work!

Happy New Year, and I can't wait to see what you do next year!

Joan T
01-01-2018, 05:27 PM
The styles of these last two are so different but each so nice! I love the color and the touches of black and white in the fur in the first one. You really captured the cats on the bed in a simple but such an effective way!

01-02-2018, 08:03 AM
Purr thank you! I'm really fond of how Sekhmet turned out this time, having painted her before. I haven't done all the cats in our house yet but eventually I will. i am not sure if I've done China Princess the Little Fat Cat yet. She would like to be a fat cat, she works on it. The cats on the bed were an experiment and I think I like that style, will have to do some more.