The month of October has past and so has #Inktober2020. Most of my Inktober drawings tell a story. I have started the process of painting them. Here’s a few that have been painted.
Awwww, there’s nothing like reading a good book in the fresh air and warm sunshine… that is until the neighbourhood wombat decides to start building its home next to you and flicks up dirt onto your book!!!
Run! A storm is coming.
Who would have thought that people (and emus) would be buying brand new jeans that are ripped!
Thank you for visiting and journeying with me on my unfurling art journey.
The prompt word for day 13 is “dune”. I drew some emus having a gleeful time driving a dune buggy. There’s not a sign of apprehension on their faces, despite steering with their feet due having wingless bodies. They know how to ignore potential limitations and experience adventures.
Day 14’s prompt word is “armor”. I drew a male fairy wren sitting on an abandoned helmet. The Superb fairy-wren was voted Australia’s favourite bird, which is no surprise being such a lovely shaped, little bird with a bright turquoise crown. https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/superb-fairy-wren
I combined day 15 and 16’s prompt words: “outpost” and “rocket”.
Day 17 and the prompt word is “storm”. This emu is hurrying to get inside before she gets caught in a storm.
The #inktober is marching on and it’s getting a little difficult to keep up with it… but I’m persevering. I think I will temporarily fall behind a little because my drawing for tomorrow’s word is quite complicated. But for yesterday’s and today’s prompt word, simplicity prevails and I’m relying on the application of watercolour paints to bring life and depth to the drawings. So, without further delay, Day 11 of the #Inktober2020 Challenge is “disgusting”.
I think that everybody would agree that stepping into fresh dog poo is rather disgusting. But what is more disgusting is missing the key to true, world-wide peace and human rights. Unfortunately treating every human life with value and respect, remains a theory with everything from genocide to bullying, and in between, still occurring. It is heart breaking and disgusting. Our challenge every day, actions upholding, or not upholding, the values espoused by the Human Rights Declaration? https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
The prompt word for Day 12 is “slippery”.
It is a slippery and tricky exercise riding a whale!
Day 10’s prompt word of the #inktober challenge is HOPE. I drew an emu practicing some challenging roller blading moves. While practicing she was “hoping” like mad that she didn’t stack it again. She doesn’t want another crumpled-beak injury. Having a crumpled beak made it really difficult for her to forage for seeds, berries, fresh grasses and insects, not to mention swallowing small stones to help her digestive system grind up the plant material in her tummy. Drinking was easier than eating but with the ten minutes of drinking water at a time, her beak got very sore.
Today’s prompt word for the #InktoberChallenge2020 is RADIO. I have decided to combine Day 4 and Day 27 with this drawing: radio (Day 4’s prompt word) and music (Day 27’s prompt word), by drawing fairy penguins having a bit of a bop to some music they are hearing on the radio.
Fairy penguins are the smallest species of penguin. They nest on Bruny Island, Tasmania and in Victoria, Australia. I have seen them in the wild in all three places and it is such a special, magical sight to see them scurrying up the beach to their young ones who are eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Thank you for visiting and I hope that you are enjoying #Inktober!
It’s Day three of the Inktober Challenge and so far I’ve managed to keep up with the pace of producing a drawing a day. For me, it’s about quantity, and quality is secondary with this challenge. What’s important for me is exploring new ideas and being creative. The idea/concept can be refined and reproduced as a quality piece of work later on.
Day #1 – for the prompt word FISH, I drew the critically endangered Tasmanian spotted-handfish
Day #2 – for the prompt word WISP, I drew a waft of steam.
Day #3 – for the prompt word BULKY, I drew a “bulky” load in a small hammock
Tomorrow’s prompt word is RADIO. Do any ideas come to mind for that word??? I’ll post my drawing for Day #4 – RADIO tomorrow.
I was surprised that today is October 1st already!! and that means the Inktober Challenge is off and running! The Inktober Challenge provides a prompt for each day of the month of October. It challenges people to produce a drawing a day. I’m going to take up this challenge and I hope you enjoy the strange and wonderful items that will be drawn.
The first word on the list is: FISH
The Spotted handfish is a rare, bottom-dwelling Australian fish and is classified as Critically Endangered. It is endemic to Tasmania, Australia, and is found in parts of the Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry, Ralphs and North West Bays.
It is a small, slow moving fish which looks like it is walking on its pectoral and pelvic fins rather than swimming. They live in shallow waters and eat small molluscs, crustaceans and marine worms.
The Spotted handfish is one of the most endangered species of fish in the world. I’ve attached a couple links below if you’d like to read about the conservation efforts, support the handfish and/or learn more about them.
A walk around the neighbourhood, with the specific goal of photographing different coloured doors, delivered a surprising revelation. It is true that there are more conservatively coloured doors in my neighbourhood, predominantly cream or wood colour, but I was surprised at how many people have stepped out of the conservative door mind-frame and have dared to be a bit risqué.
I spotted yellow, dark grey, grey, cream and burgandy, lime green, red, orange-red and more coloured doors.
My door is a cream colour and I’ve always wanted a red door. Apparently in early America, red doors were a sign of welcome to passing horses and buggy travellers, and a sign of a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Also, it is said that vibrant red doors reflect vibrancy, liveliness and excitement inside the house.
The quarantine measures have spurred me into a clean-up and re-organising mode, like many people have been using this time to do long awaited jobs around the house, and while the momentum was still present…. Ta-da! I now have a red door!
Do you have a different coloured door? I’d love it if you would email me a photo of it (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add it to this blog post. It can be a living and breathing door-photo collecting vessel!