Above: Busy day with the folks. There are sketches and notes on the page from the visit to CR's eye doctor, but later in the day I sat and colored with Phyl—well she colored in her coloring book and I sketched. For some reason I started on the same spread, but that meant the coffee machine was in the middle of my sketch of Phyl; and other barely started images (because people kept getting called in) got drawn over. I was working in a Shinola Sketchbook which is 8 x 9.5 inches. The paper is heavyweight sketching paper. It has the most amazing tooth for the Pentel Brush pen (which I'll show examples of when I review the book) but the paper does buckle (not an issue for me) and the book doesn't open completely flat; but it is just a perfect size. Sigh. I had some Mayan Orange (Daniel Smith) in my small watercolor palette and it made a great background. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Some days are all jostled together like this page spread from my journal. I couldn't even get the date right. I caught it on the left page, but didn't realize I'd written the same wrong date on the right.
I was testing pens on this paper. The Sakura Pigma Sensei doesn't feel good on this paper, at least this first go (top left). The Platinum Carbon Black felt tipped brush pen didn't dry fast enough and was prone to smudging (center left). I sketched Phyllis with the Faber-Castell Pitt Pen 1.5 size and it worked great and didn't smudge.
I used a Niji Waterbrush Flat, to paint in the orange watercolor and add shadows to the white sweather and color to her striped shirt and beads.
Phyllis is a little under the weather with a cold since the day before Mother's day. But she was still up for coloring in her favorite floral coloring book. (She uses color markers.) She gets in the zone and you have to touch her arm to get her attention. It's really rather marvelous that she enjoys it so much.