It's Winter Sale time in Joburg - including the art supply shops (all two of them), so I've been replacing watercolours and oils that are running low, but I succumbed to temptation and bought a box of 24 Derwent Inktense watersoluble pencils. I think I'll be using them 'in the field', though on the pamphlet they have some very finished-looking pieces. I sketched my son's ID photo that was lying around on my table, and immediately liked the loose mark-making combined with, as the name suggests, intense colour when washed over with the trusty waterbrush. (Ignore please the squiff eye levels and the skew nose - it has been broken since the photo was taken, but even now it's not as bent out of shape as this!)
Then I tried the orchid that miraculously blooms outside our front door, in spite of little attention from it's owner (our eldest daughter) or us. It's a cold, shady spot in which cymbidiums, this orchid and a pot of cyclamens just thrive in, come frost or heatwave. The crayons are a bit too intense for these delicate colours - a very pale pink and white, with deep magenta spots, and I (once again) made the shadows too murky - but I think they'll be great for quick outdoor studies. Once dry, the colour is permanent and you can work over it with other colours or media without disturbing the wash - lots of possibilities!