Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Just some nature sketches done in my moleskine book (I have so many sketchbooks and this one was started and left behind as I purchased others). I did not do this on site but brought the goodies inside and worked on the sketches in my little art room. I admit it, I am never going to be a plein air sketcher or painter!
The moleskine paper is a bit warm and I prefer bright white paper, but this is find for doodles and sketches just to fill the pages.
Pulled some of the leaves off the little branch that held the acorns. We have a huge oak beside our house which we like but it does often sound like the squirrels are bowling on the roof when the nuts start falling and rolling :)
Thursday, August 13, 2020
The pale blue pencils are great to use to start a sketch - then you can work towards the final with graphite.
I may just go out in the field - maybe - and try my new pencils and new Stillman & Birn sketchbook out. Then again...I’m not much for sitting outside in the heat, humidity, and bugs. We’ll see. May just observe, take notes, and take photos to draw and paint inside later. (We can’t all be plein air painters!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Back in May, I participated in an online course (free) through California Audubon, taught by John Muir Laws. It was an interested 3 session (spread over 3 weeks) course teaching about sketching birds. Learned quite a bit I hope I can remember when I get out in the field (or sunroom, in my case) to watch and document the birds coming to the feeders.
So here are a few I did while watching the lessons (I missed the first one so had to catch up later on John’s blog/site).
I did the sketching in blue col-erase pencil so it was light enough to go over again with darker graphite later. John uses a pale blue pencil that draftspersons use which is really more invisible after going over with graphite or other colors.
You may be able to read the comments and instructions in the blue. I ordered the pale blue pencil John uses because, well, why not, it might inspire me to draw more if I know that first sketch can be as rough as anything and then I can adjust it with graphite as I go over it. Being able to cover up mistakes or errors in shapes and sizes is a good thing, right?
I have returned to the old Blogger interface but know it will be taken away after the end of August so we’ll see what I do after that.