No color here. Back at camp. I got tired painting when there were so many views I wanted to sketch. I took pictures so I could add color later if I wanted.
I find sketching to be both relaxing and stressful. When I'm in the zone, I feel very loose and don't notice the time. Between sketches I'm looking around like a hunter, framing what I'm looking at in my mind for the next view I want to put down.
Which at camp means basically everywhere I look, which makes me tense because I know I don't have the time or energy to do them all.
Get ready for a longer post than usual. I'm throwing in every thing and the kitchen sink. Oh, oops, nope, I haven't gotten to the sink yet. To begin with, yes, dip pens.
I can see a lot of dip pen practice in my future. There is absolutely something wondering about the slow scratch of the nib on my paper.
Oh,yes, and I bound another journal.
I couldn't help myself. I won't be using it anytime real soon. I have too many other books to work in, but I couldn't resist the lesson from Mary Ann Moss's class, Sketchbookery. I was any from home, and I still managed to rip down my paper and bind it up. Amazed myself, I did.
I also did some watercoloring. Which, every single time, started out with me cringing and making strange faces because my non-drip pen was wobbling and I got the proportions all wrong, and then, wham, once the watercolor appeared I had a wing ding of a time.
I used a water-soluble pen and had SO MUCH FUN!!! I would be doing a lot more of this, only then, I had this experience.
A one-line selfie. And then..
I laughed so hard I can't stop drawing myself. I could add watercolor, but somehow I'm afraid it will lose its Victorian hautiness. (OK, I did lift my pen up once or twice for this one).
That's all for now folks. Stay tuned. There are more selfies being made.
My impulse when I want to sketch is to reach for my fine tipped pen (I tend to use a Micron 01). But on a couple days during vacation I chose to sketch with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. And boy, am I glad I did. It stopped me from getting too fussy and let me focus more on the color and the texture of the watercolor. That was fun.
I'm trying to practice a looser kind of sketching/coloring. In the top sketch, I intentionally didn't keep within the lines of my sketch, which really goes against the grain for me, but I think I could get used to it if I let myself.
In the second sketch, I painted first, then sketched. That was fighting my impulses too because to do this, I had to wait for the paint to dry before I could draw with my pen and I hate waiting for paint to dry (and it also meant my ice cream melted quite a bit - talk about fighting impulses!) However, I enjoyed this too, and I can see myself trying it again and again.
I've given myself two on-line classes this summer, to try to help me improve my watercoloring/sketching. I can see that both overlap and compliment each other in ways I didn't expect. Mostly, and this is actually very important, they are keeping me sketching everyday. Sometimes just little smudges, but keeping at it making a big difference itself.
I would like to take a class in person, but there isn't the kind of class I'd like around me right now, and I haven't been able to work out the logistics of those that are anyway. Maybe down the road. For now, this is fine. What I really need, after all, is practice practice practice and some more practice.
accidentallyWhat I like best about our vacation is that although we're doing nothing, there is lots of activity going on around us. So everywhere I look, I see something I want to sketch. In my mind I'm invisible, but really the camp girls just politely ignore the crazy lady with the sketchbook.
This is the thick of my traveling this summer. Away last week for a bit, and in two days gone again. Then I hope to be at home for a while. Today I was weary to the bone.
However, I got my scanner working (although it is being temperamental!!!) and above is one of my sketches from camp. I had a small journal (which I've shown already) and a slightly larger one which I made out of a single sheet of watercolor paper cut and folded cleverly which I learned to do from the Artist Journal Workshop website by Cathy Johnson. It worked wonderfully. I have gotten so used to painting on cheap paper, that when I started on this, I was a little dumbfounded. Still struggling with my concept of watercolor and still happily painting away.
I am hoping to have a couple days of sketching this week while I'm away. No internet. Lots of rest. Hopefully. Full of hope. If I have time I'll put some other posts up for my absence.
Because yesterday I posted my new palette, today I wanted to show how I begin to play with it. What I'm interested in is, how do the colors work together? Some of them are new variations - a new raw sienna, a different variety of a blue I've tried before. So I began by making color combinations. I like to do that with rock piles.
I pick one color - maybe Hansa Yellow medium, and color one rock in a pile with that. Then in the other rocks of that pile, I add a bit of one of the other colors from that palette - Quin Rose or Ultramarine Blue. Each pile has one principle color that is in each of the rocks. I get a pretty good sense of the range of that color with the options in that palette.
Nickle Titanium Yellow is a new color for me, and it gave me some unexpected results.
Sometimes, I just like the way the colors blend.
I have a few days of travel coming up. I'm hoping to give this new palette a test run on the road. The greens are really where it will float or sink for me. But I'm curious about my new blues for the sky too. Hope you are having as much fun as I am.