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And a Partridge in a Pear Treeeeeee!!!

So my latest addition to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” series is “Partridge in a Pear Tree.”   Here was the preliminary sketch from a previous blog-post.  I didn’t get around to drawing the final work  until a few weeks ago.

Patridge Sketch

Here is where I fleshed out the original in pencil. I used Bristol paper, my paper of choice, as it can handle just about any media including wet media.

Patridge sketch

A lot of my watercolor work tends to be softer and I wanted to make this piece more vibrant.  I used a set of watercolor pencils called Inktense by Derwent and watercolor crayon that has that same level of  brightness.   Then I outlined the images using my Faber-Castell brush and fine line pens and voila!

The color green is still pretty prominent in my work, even with the bright yellow pears and colorful partridge.  I can’t help myself.  I also like the backwards lean of the satisfied partridge.   I think this is another whimsical piece that fits in beautifully with the overall theme of  my “Twelve Days” series.


I wrapped this thing up at after 1:00 AM on a Thursday night/ Friday morning and then ran down to Kinko’s to scan the image.  Thank God they’re open 24 hours!

When I got home I started printing the image on cards immediately so that I could add them to my assorted six-pack. Here they are packaged in clear plastic boxes.   I love the professional look !

Partidge cards

As I started to print  more partridges to package them individually my printer crapped out on me.  When you see a message on the printer’s display screen that says, “Error” and then it tells you to unplug your printer and call the service center, that is NOT a good sign.  I probably won’t be able to get my printer to the print doctor until Monday and I hope this is something that a) can be fixed like yesterday, and b) doesn’t cost me a fortune.

Oh well, an artist’s life is never boring.

Separation Anxiety and Random Doodling

I was reading a blog the other day and the author was talking about taking sermon notes during church services.  He also wrote about a particular pen that he used for writing and he felt that there was no other kind like it.

I can relate to that.  In my case, it happens to be a black Faber-Castell brush tip artist pen with India ink.  I’m not an expert at using the brush pen but I am getting the hang of it.  Brush pens are cool because you can control the thickness of the lines by applying the right pressure or angle.  Also, there is something incredibly amazing about using a black pen on a white surface.  I call it clarity.

I do use the pen to take sermon notes, but most of all I doodle with it like crazy.  Doodling helps me process things better.  I will tear up a church bulletin in a minute with my pen.  Oh, and I have to draw on a church bulletin.  I like the challenge of drawing around the printed area and using what little white space is left.  Lately, however, I find myself drawing on top of the print altogether.

I knew I was obsessed with my pen when I wouldn’t leave the house without making sure that it was in my purse.

One time during a meeting I was using it to take notes (and doodles) when someone next to me asked to borrow it for a second to jot something down.  I thought, this pen?  Surely, he didn’t mean it.  I didn’t want to fumble around in my purse for another so I reluctantly handed it over.

I could see and hear him scratching away furiously on his paper with my pen.  This unnerved me to the point that I had to look away towards the direction of the person who was speaking.  The scratching seemed to grow louder and louder and all I kept saying to myself was, just focus on the speaker!   Eventually, the pen was returned and there was no harm done, but those few seconds seemed like an eternity.

It goes to show you that when you use a particular tool on a frequent basis it becomes an extension of yourself.  I compare it to warriors and their swords. I would imagine that initial their reaction would have been the same as mine if asked the same type of question, except maybe there would be laughter, or dismemberment.

Here is some of my chicken scratch that I’ve drawn on the church bulletin.  I’ve made better ones, but many have been discarded to keep the clutter down to a minimum.   Our bulletins are printed in black and white and the pen designs integrate well enough that you would think that they were already there before.


Sadly, the pen is getting low on ink and the depth isn’t there like it used to be.  I need to go buy another one or possibly several.  I’m glad it’s not the only one of its kind!

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