Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PleinAir outing to Harmony Family Center at Montvale

Sketched with pen and then watercolor of Twin House at old Camp a Montvale . The structure was the counsellors lodging...boys on one side..girls on the other.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sketching with contour

Kay, your sketching from the Swenson workshop inspires me!!  After looking at your story page in sketch I did a sketch in the salon from objects in the room.  I tried to limit my time spent on each aspect, though I didn't use a timer.  I like the way it came out...but I'd like to have a better grasp of how to use the negative space around the subjects to connect the work.  This time I drew part of the netting we have holding fresh fruits and veggies...but I ended up covering more of the page than I like.  I'd like to transition from one piece to another without being so obvious.  

So...the next day we were traveling up the St. Mary's River from De Tour, MI, to Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  What a perfect time to do some sketching on the move.  What with our going only 7.5 mph anyway...and add to that the current from the river pushing on our bow...I had just enough time to sketch in a few objects.  I still would like there to be more space around the subjects.  Will work on that.  All in all, I like the sketch above better.  I was more faithful in it, I think, doing the contour drawing.  It gives a flow to the piece that plain ole drawing doesn't have.  And...maybe it's that line transition in the first piece that makes me feel it is a unified piece...a composition.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday Painters

Tuesday Painters went to a beautiful farm . I chose this old barn and first sketched using black pen and used contour line drawing.  Then of course hasd to add watercolor!...great morning in a peaceful setting.