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!
I love pencils and many years ago was getting quite adept in their use.
Now I have started to relearn that part of my art, it's frustrating at times but I see light at the end of the tunnel!
Walking Winter I saw this little bindweed peeking out through a neighbours fence. A quick phone photo to capture the scene and we continued our walk. This was completed at home later.
Out with a friend yesterday at a new to me venue, The "RARE" site in Cambridge that has miles of trails and some beautiful old buildings that are being restored (maybe a little to zealously but they are being saved non-the-less)
The crop was not so good and the subtle pencil shading doesn't come through too well but I was quite pleased with this ..
A mix of pencils but primarily my new Graphgear 1000's which I am beginning to like.. a lot!
My Hand Book Paper sketchbook is rapidly filling up !
As I was sitting in Valens campground with no internet I decided to practice what I had learned.
I was really surprised how using this technique really sharpened my 'seeing' so I did more !
I didn't move more than a few feet from my trailer to do these ... LOL
Another challenge from Peter Sheeler, wet-in-wet but I added a bit of pen work with ochre ink
I think I will rework this a few times to get control of my brush strokes that tended to wander a bit, and think more about the placement of the bulrushes, otherwise I am quite happy with the first attempt.
This was drawn with a new dip pen that I picked up yesterday. Actually I got four of them for $12 nibs and holders! This one, the first I tried is awesome, it holds so much ink I did the whole drawing with one 'dip'
Strathmore Watercolour Sketchbook
This weekend with the 'nicer' weather rolling in I was out and about. Yesterday I participated in a Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) outing to the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener.
Yes we kept our clothes on and yes we had a great time!
At one point we could sit by a stream so I took the opportunity to pull out my sketchbook and recorded this pencil sketch ..
Then this morning I met up with a friend and after Bagels and tea we
headed out to sketch an old house that is slated for demolition to make
way for our new highway.. AKA progress :-(
Two totally different approaches but both equally satisfying
Continuing to follow lessons by Peter Sheeler, this one is a Moonlit Winter Farm scene.
It is an important one because I am continuing to work with the Platinum Carbon Ink I received a couple of days ago.
My first test was an absolute disaster, a quick sketch of Winter sleeping on the couch and a quick wash.
The wash reactivated the ink that was supposed to be waterproof!
I wasn't happy
Yesterday I tried it on a different paper and it worked!
Today I tried it on two more papers and it worked!
It looks like it didn't like the original paper for some reason.
Anyway I am happy with this one except for the crop ..
Pen and ink and watercolour wash on Saunders 200# HP
.. all in the name of art ! I met up with my friend Roger today for some sketching practice. I was completely under-dressed and ended up buying a sweatshirt to keep the icy wind at bay. Between that and hiding in doorways we managed to survive for 4 hours :-)
Across from the Melville Cafe
Galt Town Hall
We did manage a stop in at Phidon Pens to get warm, yeah that's it we stopped in to warm up nothing to do with pens, ink and stuff :-)
I spent the morning with the KW Urban Sketchers at Timeless Materials in Waterloo. So much to see and sketch and we only had TWO HOURS ! Still I managed to produce three sketches with various materials; This old Chestnut canoe in pencil in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook
The second was a bunch of old doors (well a selection as there are hundreds!) Drawn in Conte Crayon on Strathmore tinted paper.
Last but not least, with about 20 min left before the 'throwdown' I took on this pile of doorknobs! (Again a selection as there were dozens)
Micron pen in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook
A group I belong to on Facebook has a 'challenge' running, I missed January but did the February challenge.
A photo is given and everyone puts their own spin on it, there are no winners nor losers but instead you can learn a lot from others interpretations, here is mine;
I am reasonably happy with it, some bits more than others :-)
I also followed a video where the artist used a credit card to scrape out rocks in a landscape. Once you get the 'dampness' right it works quite well..
Arches 140# CP paper,
Signo white gel pen,
Noodlers Carbon Black,
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen,
Escoda Prado Brushes,
Escoda Reserva Kolinsky Sable Brushes,
Curry's pallete knife,