Thursday, 13 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
My visit was on a fall day with it's weakening sun and long shadows. It had snowed a couple of days before and the glacier blue-grey water was full and between it's turbulence and temperature did not tempt me to even wade.
I don't believe in any of that, but did leave some of my lunch for the fairies...just in case.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Just mix, water, paint and a small dog together in your neighbourhood park and you have a delightful late summer afternoon cocktail. My friend got to run crazy with a succession of afterwork dogs, as I focussed on the various hues of green and reflections in Upper Brown's Inlet.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Many people use these thumbnails as a value study also. I was using watercolour crayons and having trouble with controlling their values, so went with the flatter, graphic approach.
Often I do the thumbnail and then redefine the frame. Many times his has saved me from running out of paper, simply by taking a minute or two to plan before starting.
Monday, 25 August 2014
|ink and watercolour crayon|
|Jim absorbed and unaware of me drawing him|
Many people draw a frame within the page, but the tape very sharply limits the paint and sets off the sketch quite nicely. It's a rewarding moment removing the paint and seeing the crisp white border.
The upper sketch was done with watercolour crayons - I liked the intense colours but was having trouble controlling values to convey depth,
Saturday, 23 August 2014
|10 1/2" x 2" Franklin's Garden|
|Jim busy "smudging"|
|with some new friends|
So all these years later, it was not only fun to catch up but compare techniques and ideas. He had generously bought me a box of watercolour crayons. These are softer and more vibrant than watercolor pencils and amped up my usual muted wash. So in addition to catching up I tried something new and came home full of ideas and enthusiasm for filling sketchbooks.
We encamped and did three sketches, of increasingly larger sketchbooks, from the same location. That was an interesting exercise in itself and always fun to compare what we chose to portray. I focused on the landform while Jim (lower sketch) dove into the colour and texture of the perennials in the foreground.