The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society meeting is cancelled this morning due to the horrid cold and just enough snow on the roads to make driving in Mt. Adams treacherous - so I'll be home again (I'm beginning to feel like a bear hibernating!) and may start Myrna's January challenge.
I'm still studying 2 of my newest art books and getting lots of ideas while reading, absorbing new information, and then sketching in my Moleskine when I want a break. The Moleskine has very smooth paper and so far I've just sketched in graphite and then gone over it with the Elegant Writer pens (the bright, vibrant colors) and the Inktense pencils (a bit more muted). I put a bit of water on the heart lock to blend the color more and the EW's wet and blend well. The paper won't take a lot of water but a nice wash works okay. Now I need to get in with the graphite or conte sticks and blending to see how it goes. So far, so good - plus it's lighter weight and thinner than my Exacompta so fits in my purse easier (I have a big purse!).
What I've done so far:
1) From a photo taken by Jerry in Scotland - a blue lock that was rusted and interesting and shaped like a heart. I love that photo and wanted to try a sketch of it and see if I could get the color and texture.
2) A sketch of a field of lavender (took a photo of the scene from the movie, Perfume) + the flat plate and candles (apple and blueberry) I bought my sister-in-law for Christmas (I liked it so much I almost kept it but didn't - but I did take a photo before wrapping it).