I have had this Strathmore Visual Journal now for months. I bought it, thinking I'd use it for an online Strathmore Journal workshop I signed up for. I never used it although I enjoyed watching the other students create things in their journals. So...what do you do with a 90# watercolor paper journal? Just use it for doodling and sketching, I guess.
So I got it out of the bookshelf in my art room and set up a little autumn still life of pumpkin, leaves in a holder, and pods from a tree in my step-daughter's yard (a sweet gum, I think).
Took a few photos.
Then sat down and sketched a couple of the set-ups out before deciding to add some color to one.
Painted wet on dry paper so the 90# paper wouldn't buckle or give me problems. The only problem was my overworking the orange of the pumpkin and not getting a good shadow shape or color under the pumpkin (ugly brown!!) or the leaves (charcoal grey, are you kidding me??).
This will have to be a practice excuse, and I'll take a bit more time with the next one. This one, unfortunately, isn't worth finishing up although the pumpkin looks pretty anemic.
What was my intention? To create a popping painting using the orange and turquoise teal color against each other. Perhaps simplifying the composition with nothing but the pumpkin (larger) against the turquoise blue would have been a better idea?
Ah, the best laid plans....
I could only show my finished, successful work - but I hope my mistakes help you learn as well as my successes (plus if I only showed the successes, you'd begin to think I knew what I was doing!!!).
I still have a tendency to rush through a painting and come out with a very unsuccessful result, as you can see. But, what the heck, it's just sketch paper, and the time was not wasted, but used for learning how the 90# Strathmore paper works (since this was the first time I'd used it.). Am I justifying this mess? You bet'cha!!
Now time for a do-over since I still have the little pumpkin although the leaves have been drained of color (perhaps a chlorophyll vampire came on Halloween night?).
Unfortunately, this one isn't much better than the first - a bit to heavy on the colors. Have to remind myself: A Sketchbook is for Watercolor SKETCHES, not so much complete paintings and leave more to the imagination. I like the little sweetgum tree things that I picked up from the ground, though (and I should have made little scary critters from the shadow shapes :)