Saturday, May 31, 2014

I was in a hurry to get home after work today, but I am keeping to my word to sketch every day.  I decided to a quick sketch of a magnolia blossom near Finlay Community Center.  It only took about 30 min and I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to draw the blossom. I do find it easier to draw organic shapes than geometric.

Friday, May 30, 2014

I had this old photo of some deck chairs for quite some time and had been wanting to paint them.
I don't suppose they are the most comfortable chair, but they sure are a neat looking chair~!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I had been wanting to paint today, but it was quite cold out.  I bought a potted plant at the garden center the other day for our front doorstep, so I decided to sit on the steps and try to paint it. This way, if it was truly too cold, I could pop inside after the initial drawing and finish the painting.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Just a quick sketch of some rocks near a boat launch just outside Chester.

Monday, May 26, 2014

I love sketching in the 3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine.  I was so resistant to painting in the Moleskines because I found the paper to be of very poor quality.  It is very lightweight and has very little tooth.  However, they were on sale at Deserres and I bought one just to try it.  I was very surprised just how much I like them.  The paper acts like hot press paper in that you can really manipulate the paint on the surface before it dries.  Now, I am hooked.  I still reserve Arches 140 for planned paintings, but for everyday sketching, I really enjoy the Moleskines.  It took me a month to fill my first 30 page journal...a painting a day~!  I started my new journal today.  I am trying the larger format 8.25 x 5 this time.  As you can see, I am not very good yet at planning the size of my sketch on the page.  Hence, the cut off top of the house.  However, I find pleasure in the fact that I am getting out daily and sketching on site. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A quick sketch of a garden bench.


I have been sketching daily for about a month now and I am still in the process of updating my blog.
This is a little sketch that I did one day on the way home from work.....I take my painting gear with me every day and stop on the way home to paint.  Something about these two made me feel like they were having a conversation...they really caught my eye. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Found this small dory boat waiting to be set out for a new season....
and just waiting to be painted~!  One thing I have discovered while painting
in my Moleskine daily is that I really like to paint across both pages.
I started out just painting on the right side page, but found the look to be
too static. I now try to incorporate the left page into the piece as well.
I find it gives a "looser" look to the piece.

Friday, May 23, 2014

After a three year break from focusing on painting (so that I could start up my own business), I have finally gotten back to painting.  I am focusing on "urban sketching".  It's a great way to slowly get back into painting without the pressure of creating a "frame worthy" painting.  Every day, I take my gear with me and drive until I see something that catches my attention that I think would make a great little sketch.  I usually spend only 30-45 min. on each little sketch.  It's a great way to practice painting skills as well as record your surroundings.