Mary and I went to visit our friend Margaret today. Margaret is the co-founder at the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society. She and I founded the group back in 2009. She’s been laid up with a broken leg for over 6 weeks, and we all miss her.
I first got the watercolours out after having them tucked away since fall. The pot was sitting in the shade, and lack of sun made it difficult to give it depth. I should have put a cast shadow in, but I forgot. Oh well. It was just a quick sketch. You always see your mistakes once you photograph your work. I don’t go back in and fix my plein air paintings in the studio. Why? Discipline. My mistakes will glare at me and hopefully make me get out of bad habits.
I also brought along my vintage Sheaffer fountain pen to try out. Everything was going swimmingly, until I tried to add watercolour. OOOPS!! The ink was not waterproof. So… I rescued the sketch by washing the ink. It was fun. Need some waterproof ink though. There is no one who sells it around here, so I will have to go online and have it shipped in. That of course raises the price beyond reasonable. *sigh* … and people wonder why artists charge so much for their work.