Portable Art

There’s no doubt about it – the process I go through to complete my oil paintings is laborious. I like the final result, but is sure takes time. About a week ago, I was sitting in a Starbucks, and checking Instagram. I had posted an old ink drawing of a Rhino, with the comment, “I used to do a lot of pen and ink drawings”. A comment under this simply asked, “And you stopped? Why?”

This was a question I couldn’t answer, so  thought about it. They are far faster than oils, I don’t have to change into old clothes, I can work on them just about anywhere, except in the rain. And finally, if I get any interest in the finished drawing, I can certainly charge a much more reasonable, and accessible, price.

Then it hit me, why not start this up again, and make it a complete portable form of art? I purchased a 12×12 inch pad of watercolour paper, a couple of pens, and the very next day, I started working on a drawing. I am starting small, and there are a few techniques to work out, but now I have something to do at a Starbucks or a park bench, or possibly even the subway – other that checking my smart phone!