Two marker-based pieces I worked on in my air-conditioned studio.
It’s been hot and what else is new? I still have a need to make some artwork—in this heat I did some plein-air watercolors, sketched while sitting on steps in the shade, and ultimately gave in to comfort in my air conditioned studio. These are two small pieces that I had fun creating using water-based Tombow Dual-Brush marker pens. I discovered that I could get some interesting effects by purposely destroying the marker line with plain water and brush. It’s a fast technique, dries almost instantly, and was the perfect combination of new ways to paint and draw. The top piece, Summer Night, is the view from the steps in the front of my house. The stargazer lilies were at their peak bloom, while the black-eyed susans were just beginning to open up. My neighbor across the street strung up party lights on their porch to frame the twilight scene. Patriotic Trio is a pretty little bouquet of red dahlias, a single flower of Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower), and a white hosta flower.
Tombow pens on Canson paper, 9″ x 9″