Dec 8, 2017

Sketchbook #109: Big Leaf Maple

These leaves are really BIG :)
but somehow they look like Big Leaf Maple even when they are little :)
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Sketchbook #109: Chestnuts

I got 31 chestnuts as a present... and drew them ALL! - here is the best selection :)Sketchbook #109: ChestnutsSketchbook #109: Chestnuts

Dec 7, 2017

Sketchbook #109: Everyday Life - Reading, Doctors, Taekwondo, Reading Again...

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Sketchbook #109: Sketches from "The Pig Who Danced" Book Release

Emer read a book ad I drew with the guests (both kids and adults participated - which is always FUN). And then we danced.
p.s. You can get a book from Amazon or signed copy from my Etsy Store - links below:

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Dec 5, 2017

Sketchbook #109: My Life Drawing Class

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Gouache Love

I love gouache's texture, it's opaqueness and transparency, it's chalkiness and thick layers, I love how it works with different papers and how my pencil glides across gouache-covered page.

But I also struggled with gouache medium when I tried to incorporate it in my plein-air practice and even while working at the table in a more controlled environment. It rarely did what I wanted it when I wanted. Palettes dried to crumbled mess, some grew forests of fungus in them. Colors changed too much from wet to dry. Layers got reactivated too much or not enough.

And then I started to log my experiments and see what attempts brought me more joy than others. I did a month of gouaches in June, then continued throughout the fall and I think I found some solutions for my struggles. They are not a panacea - but they work for me and bring me much closer to a state when I enjoy the medium without overthinking the process, when I can control it just as much as I want to and can work very fast and in the field too!

I am working on putting together a workshop (more on that subject soon) but in the mean time - here is a piece of the puzzle that was critical for me: consistency of the gouache is a very personal, rare and very important thing. Spend a little tine to prepare it to your liking and huge amount of time and energy will be saved.

My Latest Gouache Set-Up
I got this palette, put a limited number of colors and spent some time adding water (with an eye dropper) and working on the level of gooeyiness using toothpicks. I like it when it's similar to a pancake batter.

Now I can get a lot of paint on my brush and almost sculpt with it. But I also can do light transparent washes and variety of dry brush techniques. I keep the paint moist with a tiny water mister and stir colors regularly. They dried a bit after a couple of weeks of every other day use and now took them outside in my backpack to a plein-air session and every color stayed in it's little cubicle :)

Dec 2, 2017

Sketchbook #109: Cello Practice

Cello turned out to be a much harder instrument than I expected (and I expected it to be very hard).Sketchbook #109: Cello PracticeSketchbook #109: Cello Practice