Goldilocks Thumbnail

I’ve discussed my lack of landscape finesse here previously so I won’t go into detail. This time as I decided what to paint, instead of diving right in, I chose to do a few thumbnail composition and value sketches. Weeding out the less than attractive views from my spot on the porch at Windy Ridge Orchards seemed like a good idea. 


Each composition was considered in turn and discarded until, just like Goldilocks, I found one that was “just right”!

Out and About

People… People who draw people.

Okay, okay. That’s not how the song goes… I get it.

But I want to be one of those people. I want to be able to capture a gesture and movement, not necessarily a likeness.  At least not yet.





How do I achieve my goal? Practice… each and every time I’m out and about.

Frederick Franck’s Big Ten

I’ve been a huge fan of Frederick Franck ever since I discovered one of his books, The Zen of Seeing: Seeing Drawing as Meditation. This book has moved with me many times; the spine and cover are quite faded in spots.

The contents will never fade; they’re as relevant today as they were when they were written. I’m not the only fan, just the other day a friend shared Franck’s ten commandments from his long out-of-print book, The Awakened Eye. As with all interesting quotes, I documented them in my journal!

Like Frederick Franck, I believe everything and anything is worthy of being truly seen, even for a few short minutes.

If you’re interested in a text version of these ten commandments or learning more about Frederick Franck and The Awakened Eye please check out this wonderful website. There’s a lot to explore!

Summer’s Here

… and the time is right for dancing in the street.

‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts ! Lots of dancing on the green giving me the perfect opportunity to indulge one of my favorite activities… people watching.

 

 

 

 

Black PITT Artist pen F in an inexpensive Daler-Rowney pocket sketchbook (3.5″ X 5.5″).

I like to travel light!

Channeling Nora Ephron

I look at this and my eyes are immediately drawn to my neck. 

sigh.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading Nora Ephron’s book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, you know where I’m coming from. 

  
This is another of my ink sketches on a pre-painted acrylic ink background… this one with a watercolor wash… and I see I need a haircut too!

Bird and Its Backdop

Last October I participated in InkTober and found  I really enjoyed working on pre-painted backgrounds. The added bit of color and pattern seems to really make pen and ink sketches pop. 

For this spread I used a mixture of shimmering FW Acrylic Inks sprayed over one of the dried oak leaves from the garden. I love the blue splatter!

  
What goes with oak leaves?  A bird of course!

  
Happy Spring!

Elegant Bleeding

I was cleaning out my sketch bag when I found a pen in one of the pockets… totally forgotten. I also forgot how much I enjoyed working with it for fast sketching. It’s Speedball’s felt-tipped calligraphy pen, the Elegant Writer. 

 

I don’t know if you can purchase them separately but I bought a set of four at my local art supply store. There are two 2.0mm Fine pens, one 2.5mm Medium pen and one 3.0mm Bold pen. 

  
This is the 3.0mm nib.
 

It has a lovely chiseled tip which gives great line variation. 
  
And the bleeding!  Did I mention the bleeding?!?

The black ink bleeds into gorgeous pink, blue and purple when hit with water. 

  
I don’t think I’ll forget it any time soon!