Sketchbook #115: Reading and Cello

Posted: Oct 22, 2018 | | Labels: , , ,

Little bits and pieces are usually sketched with whatever was available - and often it's a ballpoint pen and some sort of paper. I try to write down some comments from the class and our reading but recently it was brought to my attention that I mostly write down critique. So I plan to work on my approach and hope to change what is written next to the everyday sketches to a more positive tone :)


Sketchbook #115: Bits and pieces

These are little things that accumulate in my sketchbook. There are days when I know what I want to draw and days when I just open a book and... if I don't start right away - I might never start - so I take first thing in front of me and start moving my pen - be that a tree trunk or a broken light switch. Or - if I managed to clean my table so much there is nothing there - I open up the news (that's the one about the death of Koko the gorilla) and draw - the trick is not to read too much - just glance, close and draw from memory. I drew that branch with tulip tree from memory too I believe - it was still on my table but by accident, I left a book on top of it so it became flat - hence this is my memory of how the now flat branch looked like the day before :)




Sketchbook #115: Treasures from my June Journal

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 | | Labels: , , , , , , ,

Jacaranda and all sorts of leaves and seeds. 



Sketchbook #115: Bouquet

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 | | Labels: , , ,

This was an unusual bouquet as this was the first time my kid picked flowers for me all by himself - and he made some great choices :)


Sketchbook #115: My Life Drawing Class.

On all of these pages I used a very thin ballpoint pen (skb ballpoint pen) which is full of character and, as all things with character, it's not so easy to control. I can create many shades of gray with it and can draw and write in the most impossibly-small handwriting - which helps sometimes to get things off my chest or add some special details that only I will notice. The only issue I have is that the pen gets a bit of a blob of ink on it's tip pretty often and they smudge - but there is certain charm in that too :) And dirty fingers.



Sketchbook #115: Treasures

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 | | Labels: , , , ,

Seeds and seed pods as I drew them in June. 


Sketchbook #115: Reading and Music


SKetchbook #115: First Pages are often about my current palettes :)

Posted: Oct 8, 2018 | | Labels: , ,

Top - main "sketchbook palette", bottom one is a compact palette from Expeditionary Art - filled with experimental colors. Though many stay there for very long time as I find they make it to some favorite mixes. I think I am getting closer to a good set of green mixes - which reminds me - I should work on it this fall... and I need to get more pans for my experimental palette...

Sketchbook #114: The end of it.

Posted: Oct 6, 2018 | | Labels: , , , ,





Almost done with the Sketchbook #114

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 | | Labels: , , , ,

More things from my table and some random sketches which I do in a pocket book (it's with me on my runs and in line in supermarket) and the stick in the actual big book - sometimes with some notes and sometimes just like that. Looking at these pages I realized that I misplaced my tube of neutral tint again...



Everyday Life - from Sketchbook of this Spring.





Sketchbook #114: More Peonies!

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Sketchbook #114: Peonies in watercolor

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Sketchbook #114: Peonies in Gouache

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Sketchbook #114: Playing with ink and making a messy page in my sketchbook

Posted: Sep 30, 2018 | | Labels: , , , ,

I enjoy playing with ink almost as much as I enjoy playing with watercolors. Which means that I have quite a few and sometimes I forget about some ink that I have and when I find it - the page becomes a true experiment - like this one :) At least pencils are not that many (I love them too) 

Sketchbook #114: Drawing People

I really try to draw people around me as often as possible - not because I do it well but because I see people better when I draw them and because I want to get better. Better at drawing and at seeing. Very few have the patience for my portraits but some endure it for years - with and without complaints. Thank you! (you know who you are)  



Sketchbook #114: Treasures

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 | | Labels: , , , , , , , ,

I am always struggling with keeping the number of colors under control - especially when I paint colorful things like seashells and sea glass! Abalone pieces are hardest for me - but at least they are so colorful on one side only and she shadow is pretty uniform in color :)