Pen and watercolor.  Stoney Knob Cafe.  Weaverville, NC.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and watercolor.  Stoney Knob Cafe.  Weaverville, NC.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

I love having brunch at the Stoney Knob Cafe. Depending on when you arrive, there may be a wait, which is what happened to us when we were last there, so I decided to do a pencil sketch while waiting for our table.  Late that night, I added pen while filming a time-lapse of the process (see below). I added watercolor another night.  I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

Pen drawing with pencil removed.  Stoney Knob Cafe in Weaverville, NC.  May 2017.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen drawing with pencil removed.  Stoney Knob Cafe in Weaverville, NC.  May 2017.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Salsas was one of the first restaurants I dined at after moving to Asheville in 2000, and it is still here!  I love the bright yellow color.  I woke up early on a Sunday morning so that I could sketch it without cars blocking my view. Here is my sketch with pen added.  I'm almost finished with the painting, and I'll be posting it soon! 

Pen drawing of Salsas in Asheville, NC.  May 2017.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen drawing of Salsas in Asheville, NC.  May 2017.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Here is one of my newest pen and watercolor paintings in my Asheville, N.C. series.  The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, located near the Vance Memorial and The Asheville Art Museum in downtown Asheville.  I love this place and I love how the painting turned out! 

Pen and watercolor.  The French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC.  May 2017.  Prints and cards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and watercolor.  The French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC.  May 2017.  Prints and cards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

I did sit outside The Chocolate Lounge to do the initial pencil sketch.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  A great day to be outside.  Here is my sketch after I added pen.  

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This double decker coffee bus was here when I moved here in 2000.  I think it's great that you can get a cup of coffee and sit upstairs and hang out.  I had to include it in my favorite places in Asheville series!  And as of May 24th you can get a postcard of my painting while grabbing a cup of coffee at the bus!  

Pen and watercolor.  "Red bus"  March 2017.  Asheville, NC.  Prints, cards, and postcards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and watercolor.  "Red bus"  March 2017.  Asheville, NC.  Prints, cards, and postcards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

I love the bright red color of the double decker bus, but I have to say that I love the way the pen drawing turned out as well!  I initially did this sketch in pencil, while looking at the bus, on a cold day (I had to put on my gloves), and then finished it with pen another evening in the warmth of my own home!

Pen drawing.  "Red bus"  Asheville, NC.  March 2017.  Prints available. Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen drawing.  "Red bus"  Asheville, NC.  March 2017.  Prints available. Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

I have always loved this fun and funky store in downtown Asheville!  And when I saw there was a bench across the street, I couldn't help but sit down and sketch it!  With such great colors, it's hard not to notice this shop.  Next time you are downtown, check it out!  And pick up one of my postcards along with some of the other local artists cards that they have in the store! 

Pen and watercolor.  The L.O.F.T. of Asheville.  March 2017.  Prints, cards, and postcards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and watercolor.  The L.O.F.T. of Asheville.  March 2017.  Prints, cards, and postcards available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

My sketch was done with pencil, which is still visible in this scan.  Pen and watercolor were added on subsequent evenings.

Pencil sketch with pen.  The L.O.F.T. of Asheville.  March 2017. Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pencil sketch with pen.  The L.O.F.T. of Asheville.  March 2017. Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

I completed this drawing after being inspired at my yearly eye exam.  No pencil.  I took a photo before I left the Optometrist's office, and I got to work with pen and paper when I got home.  I love the way it turned out!  Fun! Thanks to Dr. N for suggesting I sketch this piece of eye equipment that I now know is called a phoropter!

Pen on paper.  "Phoropter" April 2017.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen on paper.  "Phoropter" April 2017.  Prints available.  Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

I have more pencil sketches of places around town that I'll be adding pen to soon!  So check back for more updates or send me an email if you'd like to be notified when new pieces are finished!  Don't forget to check out the other tabs from the dropdown menu if you are viewing from your phone!  :-)