Wednesday, January 18, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 18 - Enzo

For Day 18 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge I took on a spotted cat. The reference was sent to me by my friend, Michele DiPaolo. The cat, Enzo, belongs to her daughter, Nicole. I used watercolors, watercolor pencils and a bit of black ink.


On Sunday I decided I needed a trip to the ocean. I had been down to the bay but not the ocean since the year started. My destination was the Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park. It was a very cold day, so I dressed in lots of layers, grabbed a sketchbook and only a few sketching tools and headed off for a sketch walk. Each sketch I did took about 5 - 10 minutes. By that point my fingers needed the warmth of my pockets.

First I sketched with a twig and ink...a view of the dunes.

 

Next I used my watercolor pencils.


I could see the lighthouse in the distance and was thinking to myself...too bad they don't have a cafe inside the lighthouse...by the time I get there a cup of coffee would be nice. To my surprise they had hot chocolate set up as you entered the lighthouse. What a nice touch!

This sketch was done with my platinum preppy pen.


Around the back of the lighthouse is a short boardwalk that leads to the bay. That was my final sketch done with a Le Pen in brown. For some reason the ink turns a burgundy color when water is added.


After this sketch I walked a bit faster back to the parking area. The walk round-trip is probably about a mile and a half...good exercise.


7 comments:

  1. What an unusual name this cat has, but has a unique look that also fits his name. What a lovely afternoon you had and just love the sketches. I think the one with the Le Pen is my favorite. I forgot that you can add water to some inks to use it watercolor style. Hmmm, not I have to dig through the chaos to see if I can find my inks.

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    1. He reminded me of a leopard. Thanks!! I like the one I did with Le Pen too.

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  2. Love all of these sketches but we all have favorites...lol. The last one is beautiful...awesome color!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda! That pen has such great color.

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  3. That cat piece is a hoot! I really like your sketches especially the lighthouse and the bridge. You are so dedicated Joan!

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    1. I loved how he was just so comfy hanging there. lol Thanks!

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  4. Funny kitty. The sketches are interesting, each in its own way. You inspire me to get out and about to sketch … but I don’t. I admire you for it!

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