This is my Four Hands Painting partner, Suzanne Edminster, who along with Karina Nishi Marcus (next sketch), invited me to an artist gathering at Spring Lake park yesterday. We lunched under the oaks there on this glorious autumn day, then sat around and sketched and painted. I haven’t done any plein aire painting in ages, and with so many wonderful and cooperative subjects I focused mainly on quick sketches, 5-10 minute ones that wouldn’t tie up anyone’s time for very long. I also posed a bit myself. It was fun to try out my Pentel Brush Pen, but also I learned that you can use the Uni-ball Vision Elite on wet paper, which you’ll see in the next sketch, of Karina.
We decided to call this one “Noir Scot”. It’s definitely a characature that fell wide of the mark! But I loved the way the Pentel Brush Pen ink could be wetted and moved around for shading, but only on the watercolor paper. On the Canson paper it was permanent once put down.
i found a bench by the lake for this one and enjoyed the Sumi brush-like look of this wonderfully versatile brush pen, which you squeeze periodically to refill with ink.
Bea outdid us all with her colorful (good) witch hat and feather boas and brought the most devilish eggs , spider-like and green!
I think these watercolor washy ones were my favorite.
I’m sure there will be lots of pictures of this fun picnic soon on the Caerus Artist Residency blog, so stay tune in for more!