Yesterday my friend Constance and I spent much of the day sitting by the Grand River sketching the vista before us.
Sunny with a cooling breeze, lots of dog walkers to offer nice comments a grand day out!
First up was a pencil sketch of the old cedars ( Channeling Marianne Coleman ) I was going to add ink but decided against it.
Then I made a new sketch in ink this time and added watercolour to ground it. This was my favourite of the day.
Something completely different I chose the yellow flowers a few feet from where I sat, I have no idea what they are but they called to have their portrait painted..
Time vanished, it's like being in a time machine when you sit to sketch, 'poof' hours disappear in the blink of an eye. It was time to pack up and head back but not before stopping for a quick sketch of the old bridge that was at the entrance to the old Simms Estate, it was all apple orchards but is now sprouting million dollar homes ...
Yeah the perspective got away from me but it is after all a 'quick sketch' :-)
Photo references and this will help me recreate it
This series was also a challenge for the H.P paper I used, the name of which completely escapes me..
It was imported from England by Constance and is amazing here I used pencil, ink, and watercolour and it handles it all with ease :-)
As soon as I find out the maker I will amend this post!
The paper is Saunders Waterford HP 200 lb
It needed work, I knew that. The impetus came from a 55% off coupon at Michaels, probably the only time I shop there.
I decided I needed coloured pencils that were softer than the ones used, so coupon in hand I went ins search of soft leads ...
I found them in a set of Prismacolor Premier pencils ..
Later, after a bit of work I felt that the sketch was indeed better.
I'm happy now
On here it still looks dull but in person it is positively vibrant!
Recently I have been drawn (no pun intended.. OK it was intentional) to the work of Pat Southern-Pearce. I was fascinated by her choice of toned paper and her struggle to find the right 'medium' to use it with as I have!
Sitting in my trailer trying to escape the blood sucking hoards of mosquitoes (yes really , at this time of year!) I decided it was time to try So coloured pencils became the 'medium' and I must say I really enjoyed the challenge, you see I am not a 'coloured pencil' kinda guy, I have them, a lot of them but have rarely used them or know how to use them
However I spent a couple of hours seeing what I could make of this challenge, I must say I was quite happy with the result.
I think the background could be darker but I am at the point of "don't mess it up"! It does look better with darker, richer colours in real life though... really .. Strathmore Tan Toned Sketchbook Derwent pencils both 'Watercolour' and 'Studio' Graphgear Mechanical Pencil 2B Feedback is always welcome.
Thos ewho know me know people are not my strong point ..
I decided to try a quick and very loose rendition of a couple of fellow cafe dwelers yesterday.
I'm reasonable happy with the outcome, I mean he looks almost human!