Left: Boston Terrier sketch (from dog park sketches as reference), made with the Pentel Aquash brush which comes with light black ink (waterproof if that matters to you). Click on the image to view an enlargement. (9 x 12 inch page from my Venezia studio journal.)
It has started. There are men on the roof. Everyone told me when the roofers came I'd have to leave, and in truth I'm ready to bug out of here, get out on my bike and work on my new ukulele song: "You Can't be a Stunt Woman Past 50." It came to me yesterday when I was dodging folks on the greenway and an 80-year-old woman with sun-tanned skin like wrinkled leather, a spine as stiff as my headmistress', and a shocking crown of pure white hair, peddled towards me. My mind works that way. There is a nifty chorus about osteopenia, but it needs some work as all I'm coming up with are slant rhymes.
And no, I haven't purchased a ukulele yet, but we did go to the guitar store so I could smell them. (I'm allergic to many woods and all varnishes [unless aged].) There are several possibilities.
But the most important news I have for you this morning is that the Aquash brush pen with light black ink is now empty. (There is a slight stream still coming out but no sloshing noise and no extra ink when you squeeze it so I doubt I'll get even another full sketch out of it.) It lasted about 3 weeks of daily sketching. I got over 80 large sketches or complex page spreads out of it. So for slightly less than $10 that pen seems to me to have more than delivered on FUN (yes, all caps). I'll see about getting a replacement cartridge because I want to see how long the brush tip holds up (it's still doing well after a lot of abuse). But I already feel I have got my money's worth.
I'll have other images made with that brush pen to post as the days go by. But now I'll be using some other pens more again. (I do have a second Aquash brush pen that I can start using as well.)
There you have it. I am into my tights and out of here!