Saturday, November 30, 2019

The ink disaster sketch

Parrots in the kitchen
Acrylic ink and marker on 
watercolour paper
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2019
A short one tonight.  I started this sketch, which could
definitely be improved, to record some glorious rare
yellowy orange parrot tulips before they died completely.
Their shapes intrigued me, and I set to work.

I was working on our ancient two board kitchen table
because the light was good there, and my studio is filled
with large works I'm finishing.

So there I was happily painting away when my cat Timbah
jumped on my sketch and knocked over my very staining
green acrylic ink -- all over the table, my computer, luckily
not the floor (newly replaced last week).

I have cleaned it up as best I could.  Scrubbed the table, cleaned
my computer, and actually went back to the sketch.  Even forgave
the cat.  Poor cat was just trying to say it was time for food not

So this is how far it got.

Have a closing your ink jar lids day.


Flora Doehler said...

THIS IS GORGEouS! I would not add a thing to it. It literally took my breath away.

I have spilled ink...but in the studio....and your hashtag says it all. lol.
I try to remember to stand the bottle in a little box or round container with tall enough sides.....I try to make it spill proof because it has happened to me repeatedly and worse than the mess is losing all that intense pigment.

I do envy that you can buy tulips, let alone parrot tulips! My only source is the superstore in Digby and they won't have any until mid January. Sigh.

But at least i have the image of your beautiful painting/sketch. <3

Steven said...

Nice painting. But, what is that down there in the corner, a paw???

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thank you so much. If have time I may do more. You made my day of course.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Steven,

That thing is a bizarrely shaped parrot tulip. It did look a bit like a paw, only
it was green on top.


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