As most are, I'm getting pretty busy with all that summer brings. I still want to make sure I get in something artistic, and often!
I recently wanted to try a fountain pen again. I've had another but I somehow didn't warm up to it enough and it went dry--then I ruined it by cleaning it improperly. Yea me.
So I went looking and found this one that was very inexpensive but had a good rating. I love this thing! Its got a metal body and feels so royal! Its just fun to use, so I've been doing some ink sketching. Its hot and buggy, so standing too long isn't a good idea; and ink sketch can be PDQ...Pretty Darn Quick! It came with ink that washes with water, so I'll be switching to another waterproof type (trying Noodlers this time), as I like to put a color wash on after inking.
I also got my first Moleskin sketchbook. Its tiny, and I do like the paper. But the cost makes me feel like it can only be used for 'Official Drawings." Whatever those are, and when they might appear? Can't answer that. Yeah, I have a bit of sketchbook fear. gasp! and I actually am more fond of the paper in this tiny Derwent sketchbook.
I did manage to paint a small piece based on a cell phone photo I snapped while walking the dogs, and memory. I especially like taking a photo to use that day, that hour! There is a more plein aire flavor to it, dont' you think?