Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Taking a bird's eye view of this silver bowl of corks proved to be a delightful challenge for tonight's 20 minute sketch (5 1/2" x 8"). I used watercolor and water soluble pencil, and a large and small mop brush. The large mop brush is great for laying down big washes quickly, pretty much eliminating the need for a pencil sketch and forcing me to loosen up. I really like the color palette here, burnt sienna and yellow ochre are the best for rich warm tones like what's found in the corks.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Instead of drawing with the pencils for 20 minutes, I made the pencils my subject and drew them with conte crayon (5 1/2" x 8"). After so much pen and painting, it's easy to forget how nice it is to sketch with something more substantial like a conte crayon or charcoal. I love the immediate dark line and the way the crayon or pencil drags across the paper.
Monday, March 7, 2011
After the black and white sketches the other day, I was itching to do color again. A treasured Christmas gift, this small Delft jar was a cute little subject for tonight (pen and watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8"). The blue, green, and brown color palette wasn't intentional, but as it features in some of my other artwork lately I must have it on the brain.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
|detail of grapevine design on curtain|