Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sketchcrawl Venetian Gardens

Yesterday our sketching group had a planned outing at Venetian Gardens.  Talk about a gorgeous day to be out at the park!!!

Not sure just how many showed up to sketch and paint as it's a very large area and everyone kind of set up scattered in various locations.

Venetian Gardens borders one of our area lakes.  You stand one way and you look out over the lake.  There's a marina off to one side and as you turn to the right looking out over the lake, the park extends around where there is a housing community.  With back turned to the lake, there are streams or channels where many like to fish.  There's also a public swimming pool.

All along the park are benches to sit, a few pavilions, and little bridges you cross over the streams.  Really pretty park and a lot of folks will come to this area during their lunch breaks either sitting in their vehicles or out under the trees.

I chose to head over towards the streams or channels where several were fishing.  Later several others from the group joined me :-)

Stillman & Birn Beta / Lamy Safari / Lexington Gray ink

This first sketch was all done sitting on location.  I even brought out my watercolors and painted rather than waiting until I returned home.  For me it's a big change trying to paint away from my desk where I have more mixing room, no bugs, and no wind............or worry of birds flying over my head........lol.   I add that last bit because of one lady in the group had one bird drop her a gift.


This second sketch is from photos I took and worked this morning


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Surprise Gift in the Mail

Monday I received a package from a friend through Facebook that took me totally by surprise.  After several days of not sketching, I decided to record this in a fresh Stillman & Birn square Beta journal.

With this sketch I wanted try try out a new marker pen I received today........Derwent Graphik Line Maker markers in 01, 03, and 05 points.  Color of these three is "graphite" which is a nice gray for subtle outlining.

Sketch was initially worked using the 03 marker pen and then I went over a few areas with the Platinum Carbon desk pen with Lexy Gray ink for more emphasis.


A warm and BIG thank you to Kate who sent this necklace to me along with earrings to match the beads in the necklace.


Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils - Complete Set

I haven't done a great deal in days except these color charts.  I've put this off for sometime and it took me three days to complete (a little each day).

Scanning doesn't quite show them correctly (especially the real light tints) so I also took photos.  Unfortunately my photography skills leaves a great deal to be desired..........lol.  In any event, I've included both.

Scanned:





Photographed using Ipad





Thursday, March 16, 2017

House in Leesburg Across from the Mote Morris House

This house caught my attention due to the various roof lines.  I'm not 100% positive but I believe this is a funeral home.  It sits across from the Mote Morris House in Leesburg, FL.

Final page in my first hand sewn journal made of Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Cold Press watercolor paper.  Used my Pilot Falcon for the main part of the sketch and the Lamy Safari for finer lines like the suggested shingles.  Both with Lexington Gray ink.



Steps scanned working with pencil first, putting in the main ink lines, going back in adding smaller details, and finally the watercolor.


Visiting Great White Egret

For my husband and I, this is the first time we've seen this large species of bird in our neighborhood.  Normally we we the smaller flock of white birds (I think are also egrets) and the Sandhill Cranes.

This guy showed up in our neighbors yard across the street slowly making his way along the fence line and foliage as if looking for food.  Loved the various poses as he moved along.  How one minute his neck was shaped like an "S" and other times stretched out straight.

The most captivating part for me was the green around his eyes.  Another thing I noticed was how the eyeball itself looks like a fish eye.

Hand Sewn Journal / Fabriano / Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray Ink


Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday's Outing Continued

Here are the two additional sketches I started on Saturday while out on location.  All were basically completed in pencil on location with my inking and adding watercolor at home.

Both worked in the Hand Sewn Journal with Fabriano and pens used were the Lamy Safari and the Platinum Carbon fountain pens.  Lexington Gray and Platinum Carbon Black inks



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday's Outing in The Villages

Yesterday a dear friend and I drove around in a golf cart to find areas that stood out we might want to sketch.  We first went over to an area with two Churches sitting side by side.  When services were soon to begin and people coming in to park, we headed towards Sumter Landing area.  First stopped quickly at the Square and then back-tracked to the Sumter Landing Bridge.

This is one of three sketches I managed......first sketching in pencil and then working the ink and watercolor at home.

Stillman & Birn Beta 5.5 x 3.5 / Platinum Carbon pen / Carbon Black ink

Top is a lady who was working in the shrubs right in front of the Church entrance.  Bottom is the top of that particular Church........Hope Lutheran Church, The Villages


Church Steeple - Leesburg, FL

Weeks ago the sketch group met up at the Mote Morris House (sketching and painted weeks ago) and while there I took pictures of the surrounding area.  Off in the distance you could see this Church Steeple a few streets over.  I'm always captivated by toppers (what ever one calls them) to buildings and Church Steeples.

Stillman & Birn 5.5 x 3.5 Beta / Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray Ink


Guard House - Europe

A good friend of mine (like a sister) lives in the UK.  She sends me photos now and then she thinks I might be interested in sketching and painting.

One particular photo received recently was of this guard house structure.  I liked the simplicity of the structure and the surrounding landscape.

Handsewn Journal / Fabriano / Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray ink / TWSBI for added ink detailing.




When I finished working this, there was something about it that just didn't sit right with me.  First off I failed to bring the rocks down in the foreground.....curving a bit to the left.  I also didn't care for the structure itself.........to me looked too squared off for being round or cylindrical.

I was able to lift color where the foreground rocks sit and the bottom structure of the building to help curve it a bit.  I also toned down the brightness of the structure as to me it was just too bright for being a cloudy day. Maybe I should have left it alone as I may have gone overboard and maybe I curved the bottom of the guard house a bit too much; but, overall I "think" I'm a bit happier with the results.  In any event, I've called it done and moving on.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Homosassa Wildlife Park - Florida

After taking a break yesterday from doing any kind of sketching, I worked this playing with the grid method.

Stillman & Birn Beta / Lamy Safari / Lexington Gray ink
White is using a white Signo Broad pen

Using the grid method is definitely time consuming........at least for me considering I'm not used to using that method.  But it definitely helps with accuracy.  In ways it's relaxing taking one's time working one little square at a time only having to concentrate on a very small section at a time.  All you have to worry about with relationships between one part to the next are the few lines that go through each box.

For me it was like working a puzzle (which is another of my favorite past times) piecing together until it was all done and and then admiring the finished picture.  Not something I would do on a regular basis but after that challenge I was working, I was in desperate need of something totally different and thought this would be perfect.



Photo reference is from our trip to the wildlife park in Homosassa, FL this past Saturday.  Glorious day and a wonderful place to spend several hours!!!!

First I took the photo and cropped it to the same size as my journal page which is 5.5 x 3.5".  Then I removed the color using Photoshop Elements and a few other steps to achieve the look you see (to help with contrast separating the bird from background and seeing the posts better).  Then created the grid over top of the photo using a 1" scale.


Taking ruler, I lightly created the grid on my journal page using an HB pencil.....same scale

Proceeded to sketch in the bird and surrounding logs/stumps with pencil and then went over with pen and ink using my Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari.


Once I was sure the ink was dry, I went back and erased all pencil lines and filled in any missing areas with pen and ink I noticed.


Finally, took watercolor to finish the page.








Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sketching People Challenge

Day before yesterday started a social networking challenge called OneWeek100People2017 challenge.  One week being five days and not seven.  

I know me with most challenges so I decided not to participate.  But then several people asked if I was going to join in.  One day I'd think, NO and then the next day I'd think, YES.  I just kept going back and forth so when Monday rolled around, I was on the YES and began this challenge.

Two days in and I was done with wanting to sketch people.  In fact I woke up this morning hoping I'd feel refreshed jumping in to work more and just looking at the sketchbook and pen sitting on my desk just wasn't appealing in any way.  So I've decided not to force myself to do something I'm truly not enjoying at this point.  Repetition of a single subject just isn't for me (unless within reason).  This is why anyone following my blog will see I jump around with subject all the time.  

I'm one who prefers to sketch what jumps out at me at any moment's notice.  Trying to force myself to do something that's not calling my name just ends up leaving me feeling frustrated and less than enthusiastic about sketching or painting.

But here are three more pages I worked yesterday giving me a total of 50 people in two days.  I at least gave it a try but I'm done with people............at least for the time being.  It will have to be on my own terms.........when I feel like practicing people.

Generic Sketchbook









Monday, March 6, 2017

Steven Reddy's Course on Craftsy

This was a personal exercise after viewing Steven Reddy's craftsy course on Sketching Interiors.

It always amazes me that people can successfully create sketches from chaotic............very detailed scenes..........like Steven Reddy, Paul Heaston, and several others I follow.

I've been wanting to try this but would look at all the STUFF around me and talk myself right back out of it saying no way!!  This is why I decided to take the course.   My goal is to get past that hurdle I feel is holding me back from doing more out on location........particularly inside restaurants or the likes.

I didn't follow directions (no surprise for some who know me.......lol) working a general light pencil guideline of basic shapes only for general placement, nor did I use the three layers of painting ink values to create form and shadow.

My primary goal was to work through the chaos in front of me..........one item at a time and just break the ice getting lines down and not stressing over if I goofed with how something looked.  I wanted to stick with the whimsical or cartoon-like approach as Steven mentions several times in his course.

Corner of our Sun Room where I spend most of my time......



People Practice

Trying to catch up where I've fallen behind posting to my blog...........

Generic Sketchbook

Worked this morning as part of a five day challenge going on called OneWeek100People2017 promoted by Marc Holmes and Liz Steel

The object of this challenge is to not necessarily be concerned with capturing likeness of people but to capture people quickly onto paper.  To build your skills and quickly sketch people coming and going.

Although the challenge is centered around going out and capturing live people in motion, I've chosen to do what I feel most comfortable with...........relaxing at home sketching from photos but still working very quickly.

From Photos Taken with Ipad





Worked several days ago...........pen and ink no pencil with a bit of watercolor.  Worked these as a warm up practice to the five day challenge that started today.  Although worked quickly (by my standards), I still took care in trying to achieve likeness of the people I was sketching.

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