Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming Soon

I have been pretty busy over the last several weeks and haven’t been able to post like I would like to. But I am back in town, back from class, no longer have company or big parties scheduled so I can breathe a little and post a bit more regularly.

Here’s a small sketch that I did over the last several days. I found these pods on a tree in Idaho while we were traveling to my recent Art and Design class. Not sure what they are called but they are really light and fall apart easily.

Class was fun. We created bunches of samples using a variety of mediums to create textures. And I have lots of homework. So more soon! Off to the football game in Missoula tomorrow, Go Griz!

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Sketches and Color Finding

I’m still trying to make time to sketch a bit every day. The every day thing isn’t working out but I am getting two or three done per week. Also still practicing the color finding with colored pencils.

This is a sketch of a wild lupine in standard pencil and the leaf with the colored pencil beside it. Greens are still really hard to do.

Here’s a different green of the snow on the mountain leaf. The sketch was done with water soluble graphite pencils. This one took several days to complete as I only have 10 or 15 minutes in the morning before I go to work.

Here’s a dried up leaf that I did this morning with watercolors and permanent pen. I had more time today to try to get a bit more detail into the sketch. I had a bunch of dried leaves but decided to start with just one.

 

Wild Clematis

I am seeing lots of wild clematis on my morning walks. I took a bunch of photos and decided to do a watercolor sketch in my sketchbook.

The leaves don’t really look like this in the wild, mainly you just see the flowers and vines. But it needed some leaves so I just added them in from a different photo.

Another item of note, we finished our ski chair this afternoon. I will be posting about it soon over on the Felting and Fiber Studio so you can see the finished chair and hopefully see it in its location for the summer before the auction. Have a great weekend!

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the end of 2016 and looking forward to 2017. It’s hard to believe how quickly the years zip by. I am really looking forward to 2017 as I have finally signed up for Level 3 Art and Design with Gail Harker. I have wanted to take this class for years and it has finally worked out so that I can. It starts in February and I’m excited to get started.

I am working hard to get my last online class completed so I edited photos, put them in the right places in PDF’s and edited videos today. So I’ve only got a bit more to go and then machine stitching on felt will be ready to go. I think that I will probably hold the first class in March.

stacked-stones-sketch-web

Here’s a sketch I did this week of a pile of rocks. This stack of rocks is on the path that I follow in the summer time when I walk every morning. And the rocks are really different colors. I think the top two in the sketch look like they are a bit off balance as I got the angles slightly off but I did like the way the sketch turned out.

Happy New Year and all the best for a creative 2017!

Sketchbook Update

I have been working in my sketchbook intermittently. I showed you the weeping birch sketch but thought I would play around with it in Photoshop to see if I could color the background. But I couldn’t figure out how to do that easily. I always forget how to use all the features and the complexity of the program always discourages me from trying much. But I can add filters to see the different effects.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch cropped

Here’s the original.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch bas relief

This is the bas relief filter. So it does give the effect of a colored background somewhat.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch glowing edge

This filter is called glowing edge. Essentially just reverses the colors in this sketch.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch palette knife

And this one is called palette knife. I think I could use this to carve a lino cut stamp. I might give it a try if I can get it transferred clearly enough.

Sketchbook - Yellow Hibiscus web

This is a recent sketch that I drew from a photo from my Hawaii trip. The scanner just didn’t pick up the shadows and the highlights on the flower very well. Maybe a photo of it would work better. Hope you have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by.