Today I took a walk with my artist friend Carole, through the woods and wetlands to a local beach. We both brought our sketch kits. At the edge of the sand, we spent a while following some beautiful wolf tracks, then sat down to draw.
I was determined to do my Inktober assignment based on something out there. Both prompts today, “rocket” and “anatomical,” seemed like a mismatch for the location. But… there is a plant with the English name “sea rocket”growing on those dunes. It’s a low-growing salt-tolerant succulent. This time of year the oblong green seed capsules are rolling all over the sand:
Here’s my stylized ink rendition of the sea rocket’s fruiting pattern.
To give you a sense of place–and a taste of Carole’s lovely art–here’s a link to Carole’s blog. Scroll down to the painting of “middle beach” and you’ll see the kind of setting we enjoyed on our walk. The Lingít name for that stretch of beach is L’éiw tú, “inside the sand” (source: Placenames of the Huna Káawu).
Today’s inktober.com prompt is “armor.” I thought about armored animals… how they often have the ability to turn themselves into beautiful, impervious shapes. This is a pangolin, curled tightly with its scaly tail over its head.
Themes were “slippery” and “botanical.” Hence, a field of ladyslippers…
I have fond memories of reading The Hobbit when I was a kid, but I also remember disliking the Bilbo Baggins “white horses on a red hill” riddle.
Still, it made a fun inktober challenge for the prompt “teeth.” Why aren’t the upper teeth also horses, you ask? That’s a riddle for which I don’t have an answer…
The prompts today are “fancy” and “invertebrate.” If a flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) isn’t a fancy invertebrate, I don’t know what is!
“Rodent.” I like the negative-space pattern on this one.
Today’s prompt was “blade.” I thought about blade shapes, and that led me to think about all the different types of blades that I own, which prompted me to think of all the blades I used just today. Here they are: steak/paring knife, butter knife, roast carving knife (I used it for bread), X-acto knife, yoo katan litáa (curved wood carving knife), and scissors.
It’s “radio” or “cellular” today. I guess this image could do for either…