Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Randomness

Wishful Thinking Grid
After several days of heavy rain, I stayed in and made another grid. It was pleasant to focus on warm colors and the thought of sunshine. It must have worked. The rain has stopped!

The Portland Urban Sketchers went out sketching on Saturday. I stayed inside the whole time, but did  a few quick drawings of some of my fellow sketchers.

To see their sketches, including some really nice ones of Portlandia, go to

I'm still trying to make glass look like glass. What I have learned is:1) stems appear to break when they touch the water and when they're seen through the neck of the bottle  2) there is a bright white reflection in several places on the bottles 3) the color of the stem looks brighter when it's under water. These things aren't shown in this sketch, but now I know that they should be.

I also learned that I'm going to have to start paying attention to windows and what they really look like. I know they didn't really look like these that I put on the barber shop.  I painted this when we got home. The building is actually yellow, too,  but my paints seemed too bright. Also, I'm sure the windows didn't look like this, but I don't really know what they looked like.

When you draw something, you really see it, but if you're not looking at it, you really find out what you don't know. All my life I've been around windows, and now I realize that I don't really know what they look like!


evensketchier said...

Isn't that strange when you can't figure out what something looks like when you've seen it all your life. Windows are tricky to draw, reflective and transparent, colored and white even when it's clear. I think the windows on that building are pretty good.

Vicky said...

You're right, Marco. It is strange! I'm going to be looking at windows a lot more. Thanks for your comment.