Category Archives: ink and watercolor

Embracing the Rooster

According to Chinese tradition, 2016 is the year of the Burning Monkey, and it certainly could be described as that.
For me, 2016 has been a year of both ups and downs.  I don’t want to be negative or wish away the remaining days, but I am ready to welcome 2017 with open arms!
Let’s say hello to 2017, the Year of the Rooster.

2017 The Year of the Rooster

2017 The Year of the Rooster

From Estonia with Love, the book

Back in 2009 a young couple from Estonia started an epic motorcycle ride around the world.
170,000 km, 1126 days through 70 countries.
Somewhere along the way, I was shown the link to their ride report here:
advrider.com/from-estonia-with-love-round-the-world.480532/ 

Their trip was amazing to read, but more so, I was hypnotized by their photos. The colors and subjects they chose… So I began sketching some of them.  After realizing I’d like to share them online, I asked Margus and Kariina’s permission to post them, so they are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/artbybernadette/albums/72157628692962841

Once their trip was completed and they were settled in back home, many of us begged them to write a book. And finally, they did!

The book, opened to one of my favorite photos!

The book, opened to one of my favorite photos!

After some emails back and forth, they selected one of my sketches and I had it made into a print, and sent it off to them.  What an honor to know my art has a home in Estonia!

Much gratitude goes to Margus and Kariina for undertaking such an adventure, and also for completing the arduous task of writing and compiling their lovely photos in a book.
My copy of the book arrived today, and it is absolutely gorgeous! Described as a high quality hard-cover, premium paper, glossy 320 pages of full color book, that doesn’t do it justice.
If you’d like one for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. It will be available soon through Amazon.com, I’ll post a link once it’s listed there.

Art by Bernadette has a home in Estonia

My art now has a home in Estonia!

Ready for 2017!

I’ve been thinking all along that I would NOT be making a new calendar for 2017.  Then, a few weeks ago, I changed my mind and dedicated some time to making a completely new layout. Previous years were narrow and tall (5.5×11), but this one will be 8.5×11, with the typical calendar blocks on the bottom, which, to me, make the week easier to visualize.

They’ll be done at the printer this week, and I am very excited to share the final result with you!  There is a limited number for sale, so if you would like to order one, either message me, or you can order one on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/492548251/2017-monthly-calendar-vertical-format?ref=shop_home_active_1
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2017 calendar cover

Why walk?

When you can hike? I’ve thought about doing this, and it may soon become a reality – hiking the Appalachian Trail, aka the AT. My old hiking boots have shrunk, or, ok, maybe my feet got a little bigger, so I have a new pair of hiking shoes (not boots!) which are a little bit lighter, therefore more comfortable for longer walks. I mean, hikes!

After seeing both “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods” and then doing the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi coast, it seems like a good time to try it out.

No worries, sketches and photos will be shared along the way.  Meanwhile, before I get started, here’s a sketch of the new footwear…new Hiking shoes

Oopsie!

Was sooo happy to get my new Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen in a rich CopperOrange. Although I ordered the cartridge converter with it, they sent a free blue ink cartridge, so I thought I’d try it out!

Now, all my black and grey inks are purchased with a waterproof factor in mind. Never gave that a thought as I sat and sketched my cute wave pansies.  The pen worked so smoothly and I felt like I now had a “Porsche” to replace my existing tribe of pens. (Well, not replace, so much as enhancing my collection!)  Of course, the pansies are rich shades of pink, so I started to add some quinacridone red, and, well, here’s the result.

It's not waterproof ink!

It’s not waterproof ink!

Lesson learned, I will get that cartridge converter into action before trying a sketch that needs some color added!

PS – By the way, the blue ink would be great to use with just water in a monochrome theme!

Optimism

Decided to DIY another veggie – here’s a zucchini plant and the new spade/pitchfork I bought to help clear out the weeds so it could be planted. I know, it’s not as early in the season as it could be, but – I tend towards optimism!

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

And long-legged bright beauties like these day lilies keep me optimistic!

Daylilies

Daylilies