Nihonga on Hold: Baby sketches

I’m craving-craving-craving the supplies and knowledge to be capturing the prairie and its spring and summer storms with nihonga. However, I don’t have money for supplies or time to practice now that our son is arrived.

So I’ve been doing whatever I can creatively, in between diaper changes, hanging diapers out to dry, burping, cleaning etc etc. That means sketches. I started with graphite on watercolor paper — what I had around — and colored the sketches in with broken pastels that had been laying on the nursery floor with part of a broken, slate shingle for us to scrawl notes on during the first couple weeks of newborn-induced super fatigue. I’m actually kind of happy with the results.

Applied some copper leaf to the orange ones as well.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Nihonga on Hold: Baby sketches

  1. Peggy Holtorf says:

    Congrats on that new son!

  2. Pingback: Nihonga: Practice with metal leaf « The Aesthetic Elevator

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