View Full Version : A few pen & ink flowers

Ranger Dan
08-04-2007, 03:28 PM
I finally found this place! Since these are older, I will post them together.

Most recent Barrel Cactus Flower

Another Cactus Flower

A hummer amid some flowers

Bee on a flower

Canna Lillies

08-04-2007, 03:34 PM
Wow, these are beautiful!
What kind of ink? what kind of pens??
tell me..tell me!

Ranger Dan
08-04-2007, 03:34 PM
And some even earlier...

Bird of Paradise

Tulips (from RIL)

Color pencil Prickly Pear Flower

A night bloomer

Not a flower, but still botanical: Mushroom in color pencil

Water lily

08-04-2007, 03:35 PM
Ok...LOL..we cross-posted... I still wanna know
What kind of ink, what kind of pens?
and the second batch is still WOW!

Ranger Dan
08-04-2007, 03:37 PM
Thanks Judy, I use mostly Microns with the tiny nibs, but without several colors I feel I sometimes need, I have gone with Marvey markers or other similar markers (much larger nibs and not as nice). I don't use technical pens and mix my own color, as I tend to leave them sit too long and they dry up and clog.

08-04-2007, 03:41 PM
These are fantastic Dan...I especially love the cannas.

08-04-2007, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the answer Dan. I love Microns too, but I've never tried the color ones.
Hey, I remember your mushroom piece from the CP Forum! :thumbsup:

Ranger Dan
08-04-2007, 04:11 PM
Thanks Celeste, I planted them myself and several months later I was rewarded with some beautiful pictures. I used this drawing as my Christmas card last year.

Thanks again Judy, I hope you do get some color microns. They aren't as quick as water color pencils or water color. Seems like so long ago I did a few pieces in color pencil. I bought a big set but have yet to break the seal on it.

08-04-2007, 04:13 PM
Wow Dan, it is so impressive to see these altogether like this! They look spectacular!!

Lady Carol
08-04-2007, 10:18 PM
Fabulous work Dan. They are very impressive all round. Thank you for not forum flooding by the way.

Ranger Dan
08-05-2007, 03:04 AM
Thanks Lillian, yeah it is kind of neat to see them all together. I have them in different rooms and some are just on a shelf waiting for a place to go up, so I've never seen them together before.

Thanks Carol, I suppose I could have done a thread a day for a while, but that is kind of flooding, isn't it? Besides, I have a folder on my computer for all my flower shots, so there will be plenty from me for a while.

08-05-2007, 03:55 AM
Hello Dan, it is wonderful to see all these fantastic flowers from you all together.
I have just discovered this new forum... what a great place to enjoy and learn. I'm going to see more... have a nice sunday.

08-05-2007, 04:27 AM
Dan, it's fantastic to see many of these again, and a few that I can't remember seeing. You know what I think of your work -- absolutely awesome, and I'm so glad you have posted them for everyone to enjoy. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-05-2007, 09:19 AM
Wow, Dan, absolutely gorgeous work! :thumbsup: I especially love the barrel cactus flower and the mushrooms... beautiful! :)

Ranger Dan
08-05-2007, 11:32 AM
Thanks Dolors, glad you found this place!

Thank you Val, I'm hoping I'll have a few more by year's end.

Thank you Angela!

Mikki Petersen
08-05-2007, 11:32 AM
A beautiful collection of botanical paintings, Dan. I especially love all the cactus flowers. Beautiful!


08-05-2007, 11:40 AM
i am amazed o.O the cactus flowers and canna lilies in first part are wonderfull. most of the 2nd bathc they're done in pointilism right, must have taken ages! though cant believe how smooth and shiny you got the toadstool. well done! they'll all pretty though favourite has to be the first cactus flower the imag e is so exotic

Ranger Dan
08-05-2007, 11:46 AM
Thank you Mikki! I keep trying to add to that part of the collection. All the thorns make it trickier.

Thanks Becky, yes the pen & inks are all pointalism, or stipple.

08-06-2007, 09:02 PM
I really like them all..... My favorites are the first cactus flower and the bird of paradise..... They're wonderful...


08-07-2007, 08:41 AM
I think the canna are spectacular too! Fascinating and beautiful work.

Katherine T
08-07-2007, 03:57 PM
Dan - you really have done some truly spectacular work - I'd really love to see a WIP from you and to also hear more about how you approach the design considerations. That canna one is as great for the design as it is for the technical excellence of the execution.

Between you and Val I am now hooked on trying to get some Pigma Micron pens - and have found a source in the UK. Apparently they make great pens for marking doll's faces would you believe!!!

I guess we're all sitting on a few years worth of images of flowers.... ;) and just a few thousand reference photos......

Charlie's Mum
08-07-2007, 05:03 PM
These are all beauties Dan - but have to go for the cannas myself! They're so vibrant and the composition is really good.
As we're all getting to know each other here, it's also good to see a whole folio of your pieces like this.
Thank you for sharing them :D

Ranger Dan
08-07-2007, 05:52 PM
Thanks Emilie, Robyn, Maureen, This is definitely a collection from the past 4 years. I guess that means about 3 or 4 per year...

Katherine, I've not posted a link before, so if this works, it should take you to the WIP for the Barrel Cactus Flower. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=426850

Katherine T
08-07-2007, 06:07 PM
Wow - get the close-up Mr De Mille! :)

I am amazed at your powers re reserving whites. I'm guessing that it takes a bit of time to get used to the optical mixing (which I think I might more comfortable with given I optically mix with hatching) - but I always admire a man who can leave a bit of white paper alone! ;)

08-07-2007, 07:42 PM
gosh that cactus is amazing! pointillism isn't a way of working that appeals to me normally but this is fantastic :)

08-07-2007, 07:55 PM
Wow, these are all just lovely but it's the cannas that really catch my eye. Just curious, how long does it take you to complete one of these?