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.

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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 pcNielsen.com.

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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