Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bring on the Color, Spring is on the Way

I've drawn flowers for the Vernal Equinox before, but this year there are really slim pickings in our yard. Miniature daffodils and heather are pretty much all the perennials that are in bloom so far.

I've been systematically studying Wil Freeborn's book, 'Learn to Paint Watercolor with 50 Paintings.'

These are some of my attempts: 

Souvenir rocks and shells

Items from my purse, (highly organized)

The art supplies I used to make this sketch

Here's one leftover from before spring officially arrived. I drew this in the car on a chilly, rainy day. The wind was whipping the cypress trees that were already frayed and broken from the winter ice storm. The camellia bush was the only thing in bloom.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Waiting for Spring

I was at Lan Su Gardens recently, but I was too cold to sketch outside. Even the hot tea didn't keep me warmed up for long.  

 Sketching the calligrapher's desk, I resisted the strong desire to go inside and use the materials. If there had been a coal brazier under the desk for keeping the feet warm, the temptation might have been too much.

Kennedy School was plenty warm and even had the smell of woodsmoke.

I'm eager for when it will be warm enough to sketch the lovely gardens at both of these places. 
Come on, Spring!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Winter Sketches

In December and January, we had a lot of very cold days. It was so cold that I sketched these trees from the comfort of the car.

Then we got about a foot of snow, so I sketched from inside the house.  I realized that snow is very difficult for me to draw.

Somedays, the sky was blue and the snow and icicles sparkled in the sun.

One day, it was nice enough to put on my Yaktrax, grab my hiking poles and join some other sketchers in a neighborhood coffee shop. I wasn't the only one eager to get out of the house for some companionship and a sketch.

On days when I was housebound, it was a good opportunity to take Veronica Lawlor's online class and play with line and pattern.

I also added a little to previous sketches.

Finally, tiring of snow and ice and expecting that we might lose our power, we decided that we needed a change of venue. M and I  trudged to a bus stop and hopped on  a bus for a downtown mini-vacation. We checked into a hotel right off Directors Square.  I've sketched there many times, but never from the comfort and vantage point of the 10th floor of the Paramount Hotel.

We could hang out in the lobby....

or, by using extra care, we could walk to restaurants, a theater, and Starbucks.

Eventually, the snow and ice disappeared, followed by heavy rain. Even the rain couldn't keep me and thousands of others from attending  inspiring and uplifting Women's March.

Now, happily, the snowdrops are peeking up and the possibility of spring is on the horizon!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Future: First Sketch of the New Year

The skies were beautiful today: big billowing clouds against blue or gray. This was the view out the landing window. It's the best view near dusk, but an awkward place to sketch.

'There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.'

Leonard Cohen, 'Anthem' 1992, The Future

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday Cheer

Surprisingly, the hummingbird stayed on the branch long enough for me to draw some light branches, outline his silhouette and then lay in the wash. Two days later, as I was adding the detail to the branches, the little fellow returned to the same branch!

The day after Christmas, sketching and reflecting on the holiday and memories.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tis the Season


Providore Flowers


Barb's Bird

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Creation and Destruction

I painted a few wreaths...

This was my first one, which has a loose feel to it, but doesn't look like it would hang well.

After painting them, I decided to add shadows, thereby ruining each of them. Luckily, I had scans and one of them became a Christmas card.

I liked our freeform centerpiece and tried several times to paint it.  

The cedar seemed always to look too much like feathers...

Then, I made one that I almost liked. I made a scan, overworked the page and ended up gluing paper over the damage. Luckily, I had the scan.

This one, I haven't destroyed yet...

...except for eating the muffin.

I'm not sure whether or not I liked this better before I added the apple tree branches on the right,  but it doesn't matter, because this is what stays. I didn't make a scan.