Monday, December 7, 2020

More Lights, 6:34 a.m.

12/2/20 across the street in Maple Leaf

The family next door to the house with white lights put their lights up a few days later. At 6:34 a.m., the sky in the east was turning pink, but above this house, it was still mostly dark. Other than the colored lights, all I could see was the traditional Tudor trim and windows. I made them and the sky a bit darker than they looked because I wanted the festive lights to be the brightest.

Technical note: I’ve been using my square-format Stillman & Birn Nova Trio for these nocturnal sketches, and I am thoroughly enjoying the flexibility and additional real estate of a 7 ½-inch square. With my usual 5 ½-by 8 ½-inch rectangle, I must commit to a composition before I begin, and sometimes I regret whichever way I decided to turn the book. With this square shape and size, I can just start sketching and grow the composition in either direction. But as I discovered when I used my square Zeta book outdoors last spring, the same extra space and format that I am enjoying now make the book unwieldy to use while standing on location. It’s too bad – I think I would like using this format all the time. At least while I’m sketching through the livingroom window, I can perch on the arm of our couch to make holding this book easier.


  1. Your lights show up nicely. What kind of gel pens did you use?

    1. The white dots were made with a Sakura Gelly Roll, and the colored ones are Posca Paint Markers! They're great on dark papers!

  2. Good to know. I've just used white posca markers. Will have to check that out.


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