I've been working in my Aquabee Sketch Book (6 x 9 in. = 15.24 x 22.86 cm.). This first one was looking out the sunroom at the neighbor's yard which rises up from ours. The sun was shining to make a nice shadow on the fence behind the little tree. I sketched it using a black Tombow pen (which, when wet, makes a nice blending of colors). But then I put down watercolor and water and it blended with the black and made everything look a bit muddy. So I overloaded the colors again using watercolor. Then I took some graphite and resketched it. What a mess! But I am learning from this so it's all just learning right now until I get the right mix of mediums to use and how to learn to leave certain things alone.
For the second one I sketched using just a #2 graphite pencil, then added a bit of the Tombow black pen where the darker shadows were. I then touched in some lemon yellow for the bright side and mixed that with the Tombow black for the darker parts. Cleaner and fresher looking - just a sketch and that's what I'm looking for as a final result of these experiments.
For the final one, I got out my set of watercolor pencils and sketched with them. I will wet some areas later to get a wetter look.
I think I like the 2nd version best so maybe the Tombow pen for the shadows and watercolor (lightly applied) for the light areas will work.
If I go out in the field, I can take my watercolor pencils, though, and work the colors and then wet them later if I don't want to carry water with me. I'm thinking of moving out of the sunroom and maybe into the local park as a starting point... (remember, I'm new to this and, in the past, didn't do well with plein air painting - not liking too much sun and heat and bugs doesn't help so the conditions have to be just right for me to try! ha ha)
For this week, the weather turned cooler - almost nippy in the morning and nice and sunny and warm with a cooling breeze during the day. Makes me feel like I have more energy. I've even been walking again, around the neighborhood. Tired of sitting on the couch like a spud!
I'm picking up my mother this morning, driving her over to Mariemont to see the watercolor show, then maybe a walk in one of the nice little parks in the area or around town (Mariemont is such a pretty little "village" type place with nice sidewalk areas and nice parks); and maybe lunch out, too - if the weather holds for us and no storms.