The prompt from day two of InkTober is tranquil. I never thought this list would be something I would follow, but it’s leading me down a new path that I’m enjoying. The words from the list are conjuring up images for me  — of places I have been or of scenes I want to paint — and the diluted ink is giving me a new way to explore them. With colour decisions removed from the equation I can focus solely on the design of the lights and darks, and perhaps in the process end up with something that will be the sketch for a new painting someday soon.


15 Comments on “Tranquil”

  1. -N- says:

    Inktober is so much fun because everyone has a different take on the same word!


  2. Chris Rusk says:

    This is so strong – well done! Out of the corner of my eye I thought it was a photo. Looking more closely, I was so impressed to see that it was painterly. Made my day – thanks 🙂


  3. Alison says:

    Fantastic! A textbook example of the power of values. Thanks for the post about Inktober. I’m giving it a go and also enjoying the prompts.


  4. Judith says:

    Spectacular. Someday I’ll be able to take a workshop with you…I hope!


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  6. Judy Sopher says:

    Just wonderful. And as strong or more so than a colored painting. And this is only Day 2.


  7. jameswebbart says:

    You nailed it again with the fifty shades of grey. I worked in this style years ago as a free lancer doing spot illustrations. It’s amazing the beautiful work that can be done using diluted ink applied with a brush. The delicate use of the white of the paper brought about a delightful “snap” in the picture. The only problem with using diluted india ink and brush it’s tough on sables if one doesn’t thoroughly clean them.


  8. Lee Kline says:

    So nicely made…


  9. Felicia says:

    This is stunning! So inspiring.


  10. Benadette says:

    Simply gorgeous!


  11. Brenda Statesnick says:

    Inktober sounds cool..actually I’ve been doing much the same w/watercolor..burnt sienna! It does take color out of the equation..I’m working from old black/white family photos..havin’ fun


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