The flowers need the rain

Detail - dip pen and watercolor - Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon
Detail – dip pen and watercolor – Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon

Rain and overcast and lots of puddles ~ staying indoors and wishing for sunnier skies. The plants need the water, but here in Florida, Hurricane Hermine brought too much water, and many people are without electricity. Grateful I can post this, as we were not the hardest hit and out of harm’s way. Dip pen with Dr. Ph. Martin India inks and watercolor in my Bee Paper Company sketchbook. I must confess, I tried to play in my sketchbook last night and wasted paper! I hate to do that and tear sheets out of my sketchbook that are just bleck. Happy that didn’t happen today! I love how the India ink sort of repels the watercolor in certain places when it is the first thing on the paper.

Dip pen and watercolor - Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon
Dip pen and watercolor – Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon

On My Desk Today

This was the last thing I did today … Bombay ink and watercolor. Based on a little flowery thing I found in the sweet potato garden bed.

Some markers. Some ink. Some watercolor. Some time spent just playing, meditating, and being in the moment. I have so many things I want to do, it’s good to just “do” something without thinking too much and let the hand and eye go with the flow.

A design made with brown marker
More doodle-y designs in marker


WP_20160821_001.jpgMy sweetie and I went to the grocery store this morning, and when I got in the car, he handed this to me. “Did you see this?” I said, “Yes.” “Do you know where it came from?” I said, “I do.” It’s the flower from a grass-like plant near our garage. We did our grocery shopping, and this afternoon, when I went out to the garden to paint, I brought the little sprig from the plant by the garage with me.


I painted a little pattern, using watercolor in my sketchbook. After dinner, I took the sketchbook up to my studio in the loft to paint some more details and darken it up a bit.WP_20160821_032.jpg

Enjoying the process and wanting to explore some more, I drew the same subject in pencil in a smaller sketchbook …WP_20160821_036.jpg

And then I reworked it so it looked like this …WP_20160821_047.jpg

It feels fulfilling to have sketchbooks open to these two pages, and I look forward to seeing them when I go up there again tomorrow. WP_20160821_044.jpg

This is why I love to draw and paint. This is why I love art. The pictures say something words just can not express. And it happens just like this …

Bees in Pen and Ink

“Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?” ~
Helen Hunt Jackson

Playing around with my new glass dip pen and Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay Indian inks. August Bees ~ this is my first time using the pen and new inks. Fun!August Bees | Sand Salt Moon.jpg

Here’s what the glass dip pen looks like! To use the pen for this drawing, I simply dipped the glass tip about two-thirds of the way down into the ink, straight from the container. I tap the tip against the container to get rid of excess and then twirl the pen around a little as I draw to control the flow. It’s fun to play with thick or thin lines, which you can create depending on how loaded with ink the tip is. If I made a big blotch of ink by mistake due to having too much ink on the pen, I spread the area out with the unloaded pen tip. I also used a fine tip sable brush to add small hints of watercolor.

August Bees | Sand Salt Moon | Bee Paper Company Sketchbook and Dr. Ph. Martin Ink.jpgNow I need to paint a big Owl to put on the glass sliding doors of my Artist’s Loft as a couple of birds have flown right into the glass lately and we need to prevent that from happening again.

Dwarf Pomegranate Fruit

Dwarf Pomegranate Fruit | Watercolor | Sand Salt Moon | Cynthia ManigliaOur dwarf pomegranate trees are finally starting to show fruit but I plucked off these two before they were mature because they looked good enough to paint. Alas, they are not good enough to eat and perhaps are slightly blighted. Pencil first then watercolor in my Bee Paper Company sketchbook.