Me, myself, I'm working hard! ha ha Suzanne McDermott's online class is going well and I'm getting in the mood for drawing and sketching and seeing and having fun with it. I really needed this push. We are working in charcoal, graphite, water soluble graphite and pen and ink! Whew!! And Suzanne's critiques are spot on - not too harsh but definitely not whimpy, she tells it like it is and points out those things you didn't even see! Love it! It's just what I need right now.
If you are interested - even if you've been drawing and/or painting for a while - check out the online course info here:
I'm also still going through the landscape book by Catherine Gill; and have pulled out an older landscape book (The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook: Landscapes) by Gordon MacKenzie that looks very interesting. I've had it around a long time. Apparently, this NEED to paint landscapes comes and goes with me.
However, I'm not going to push myself. I think I may just start with one of his paintings in the book and then come up with something, just a study for myself, that bears a close resemblance to a landscape :) No more pressure or worries - just paint on paper (in my little Arches travel watercolor pad) and let it be. Here's the first one...
Just a little bit of paint on my 6 x 10 Carnet de Voyage Travel Book by Arches - a great thing to take on vacations! (Although it does have that old cow hooves smell that older Arches paper has.)
This one, I'm calling The Dark Green Blues. And, yes, I could go back in with a bit of darker green-blue-black for a few of those trees...we'll see if I do that or let sleeping does lie. Perhaps leaving a painting is really what I need to learn?