Pencil and watercolor, 8×6 (larger)

Pooh! I’m catching a cold. Here’s a sketch of my nose which is getting a lot of attention right now. I set up my mirror on my drawing table and Fiona hopped up to bask in the warmth under my lamp so I got to draw both of our noses.

Inspired by Laureline‘s recent experiments, I dragged out my ancient, very first watercolor kit of Schmicke watercolors. She’s right — they are more brilliant than any others. Also inspired Laura I tried using a Mars Lumograph 8B pencil I found in my pencil box to draw instead of my usual pen. It was really silky and fun to draw with and nearly as unerasable as a pen.
I wanted to do a painting about a neat flying dream I had the night before but I need to feel better to get into the spirit of that dream. I’m feeling too limp and funky to paint flying and soaring. Noses are about it for today.

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  1. I love cats and the way they always find the warmest spot – and the place where they’ll get the most attention! This is a lovely double portrait, well done for doing it when you’re feeling under the weather, that’s one colourful nose.

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  2. Ahhh, Jana sorry you’re feeling sniffley… I really like the way you’ve done this painting though, the blends of color and half realistic half fanciful form.

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  3. A double portrait. What fun, though a stuffed up nose isn’t fun at all. Try some ginger tea perhaps and do anything to distract yourself from your sore nose!
    w.

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  4. Are you coughing too? I heard that you should put Vicks Vaporub (mentholatum) on your feet, then socks, before bed. Have not tried it myself. Get well soon!

    What brand of watercolors do you love to use now?

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  5. Poor you! Sorry you’re not feeling well, Jana. This painting is so original and strong and fun, in spite of your stuffy nose! I’m eager to see where you go on your new path.

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  6. Sorry you’re unwell but you made a fun sketch. Easy to see who is the real head of the house. I’m sure Fiona will cut you some slack (maybe) until you’re over the sniffles.

    You’ve inspired me to begin learning how to set up a sketch blog and share. I’ve only started reading sketchblogs 6 months ago. I thought I was the only one to consider my small sketch journals as finished pieces. A nice way to create pleasant memories of events, people, places.

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  7. Michelle, Yep, coughing too. I actually have some Vicks so I could try that…not sure how/why it would work but I bet my feet would appreciate the moisturizing effect. I’m using some of everything — still mostly Winsor Newton, but also Daniel Smith, a few Holbein, and lately I’ve been playing with some old Schmickes too.

    Vicky, I’m happy to hear about your blog. Let me know if you need any help and be sure to send your url when it’s up and running!

    Wendy, thanks for the Ginger Tea idea. I’ve actually been eating Ginger Cookies instead. I’m sure the tea would be much healthier.

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone, I’m feeling better already!

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  8. Sorry about your cold, Jana. Great sketch, you seem to know yourself very well and sketch rapidly moving beings like cats very well. The eyes of the cat and yours look similar! Did you notice??? Get well soon.

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  9. I sure hope you are feeling better. I encourage you to do another image when you are on top of the world again.
    BTW Happy New Years.

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  10. Love the sketch! You really do look like I feel when I have a cold – except it’s you of course!!!

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  11. I love this – a double portrait! The color choices are inspired and those green eyes (all 4 of them) – very focused.

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