This week’s journal sketching exercise is continuous contour drawing in ink (as in don’t lift the pen before it’s done) without a pencil sketch first. I find I’m making many practice sketches on plain paper before I try it on watercolor paper. But so far, after much procrastination I have done two pages. Here they are without much fanfare. They are interesting and loose, which I guess is the object of the lesson. I definitely need practice doing this.
Archive for October, 2010
Even though it is deep Fall here and there are almost no leaves on the trees, it is amazing how much green stuff there still is out there. I guess until it is all covered with snow, I’ll have at least something to choose from. And then there are always evergreens – not sure I really want to paint needles… but I’ve done it before, so who knows. I hope that by the time we get that kind of snow, I won’t still be looking for green leaves.
So here is my third sheet of leaves. These sketches are meant to be just that: quick sketches, quickly painted, finished in about an hour or so. This technique is for journaling from real life subjects, preferably outdoors. But I heard that next week is flowers – hmmmm – not much outside. Maybe I can rationalize buying an orchid in bloom. Or maybe I’ll take a stool to Home Depot and hang out for a while. Would they frown on that? We’ll see when the next lesson is published on Thursday.
Jane gave me some suggestions on how to get the African Violet leaf to “read” better. I removed some paint (both green and brown) to make the curled up edge come forward and it no longer looks so flat, a big improvement for such a little thing. This image was scanned rather than photographed, hence the color and focus differences.
I’m not especially pleased with these today. There are some successful parts and some not so much. The idea was to choose leaves that were different colors of green. I actually went shopping since there weren’t very many choices in the yard. A little walk around the yard today revealed some good candidates though, so I will try some different kinds of leaves for my next session.