Packing for Exhibition and a Sketch

I spent most of the day packing all my stuff up for my last art and design class and exhibition. I was trying to keep the amount down but I am not sure how well I succeeded.

Here’s the pile of stuff I am taking. Of course this doesn’t include any clothing or personal items. Just art stuff. The pile is at least four feet tall. Hopefully, everything will fit into the truck!

Here’s a sketch I drew last week. It is of a succulent plant that is in my window. I wanted to highlight just the plant. And I used a water soluble graphite pencil for this one. I like the smooth tones it gives you when you wet it down with a brush.

Thanks for stopping by!

Seed Pod Sketch

I have been working on a couple of books for Level 3 Art and Design. It is an accordion style binding and it takes lots of gluing steps to put them together. So I have little to show for the work I did today.

But I can show you a sketch from my sketch book. It was partially painted in the negative painting technique. It’s not a very good photo as the light wasn’t good by the time I got around to taking photos.  I hope to get the books finished to show you next week.

A Couple of Sketches

Since my last post, I have been really busy. We had our annual art retreat and then I was off to Washington state for my Art and Design class. Then back to Montana and trying to catch up with work and get all my art stuff back into the right places. I have a big project to work on for my class and I started some sampling for that but you’ll have to wait to see it until it’s finished. But I do have a couple of sketches that I completed.

This is one of the plants that I saw while we were in Lake Tahoe. It is called Woodland Pine Drops. According to the US Forest Service, it is a root parasite that grows near pine trees. They produce minimal chlorophyll and are not green in color and do not conduct photosynthesis. The ones I saw were in the “pod” stage where the flowering is complete and the plants become woody and hard. They look like little pumpkins on a stem.

And here is a sketch of rose hips. I did some cross hatching on this one to hopefully give it some depth. I think I need to add a little more yellow green into the background though.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

More Sketches

We went on a trip this past week to Oregon for the graduation of Dennis’s granddaughter. Loads of driving since Dennis couldn’t drive yet due to the broken shoulder. But I did it and even had some time for a few sketches while we were there. We stayed in a cabin on a cattle ranch so these are a few scenes from the cabin.

We had a wood stove and it was chilly so we even started a fire in the stove one night.

This was the lamp above the kitchen table. I used sepia markers for this one and worked on hatching and cross hatching techniques.

And there was a taxidermy deer for decoration. This one is a pencil sketch and turned out better than I thought it would.

Before we left, I took Dennis to church. This is Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalispell, Montana. While he attended church, I sketched and then added watercolor. I didn’t really have enough time to get it completely finished but it came out OK.

Now off to work on finishing up my nuno felted landscape series. I have been blogging about those over on The Felting and Fiber Studio if you haven’t seen them.