Inktober Day 6: Apache Sunset

I was in the Boston area over the long weekend visiting family. As we approached their town, I spotted a field of sunflowers at Spring Dell farm and had to return the next day to sketch it. It was the perfect time to try out my new bottle of Noodler’s Apache Sunset ink.

I first discovered the power of this unusual orange ink when I gave a workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia last May and saw some sketches done by Carol Phifer, one of the artists at the LibertyTown Arts Workshop. At first I thought she had used both a yellow and an orange ink, but the unique thing about this colour is that it’s a deep orange/red at full strength and turns yellow when you dilute it. For the sunflower drawing, I drew first with a brush pen while standing in the field, and then added colour back in the car where I could safely balance the full bottle of ink in my cup holder.


13 Comments on “Inktober Day 6: Apache Sunset”

  1. Fabulous! I also love the dry brush pen strokes.


  2. TonyU says:

    Stunning! And a burst of sunshine on a cold evening here. Have it made into wallpaper and I’ll take 10 rolls please!


  3. What pen are you using? Inquiring minds want to know ;-P


  4. ksbeth says:

    So pretty and bright


  5. Kristiina Sakai says:

    Hi Shari. I have been following your travels and work for some five (?) years now. I love getting your post daily, and each and every day they are a surprise.
    I have had a distinct dislike of sunflower paintings and drawings most of my life. However this one of yours really surprised me. It’s so much more interesting than what sunflower drawings usually are; the variations in colors and shapes, the composition – they are all surprising. It’s a wonderful drawing, quite beautiful! And thank you for that! Thank you for your generosity! I don’t know how you do it every day!
    Best wishes,


  6. Benadette says:

    Defeat vibrant colors on a sunny day.,today it’s nearly 90! Gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing.


  7. This is so cheerful, pure light and brilliant hues! Thank you for introducing us to this “happy” ink and for sharing Carol Phifer’s website to see how she uses it. Definitely another interesting product to explore.


  8. joantav says:

    How great that you can get two colors from one ink! This has such life to it!!


  9. Judy Sopher says:

    Love it. It is a happy ink painting and so cheerful. And you are brave to use ink in the field.


  10. Monique says:

    Love the ink! Thanks for sharing and what a happy painting!


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