It has been a hectic year. I have not had as much time as I would like for drawing, and I’ve been very bad about posting what I have done to this site. To correct that I have here some drawings from between July and October.
My wife’s aunt is a home decorating artist. Sitting in her living room and looking out at her sunlight hallway I saw this hat artfully placed on the arm of her sofa. I turned this into a scratchboard that will be posted here soon.
My wife spent a few days in the hospital this summer (she is better now). While she was sleeping I sketched the bouquet of flowers at her bedside.
On our plein air outing in August we were set up at a waterfall in the Berkshires. A hiker came along, strung a hammock between two large trees, and got in and read for a while, paying us no mind. When I finished painting I did a quick sketch.
In Monmouth County, New Jersey (near my daughter’s house) is a park named Deep Cut Gardens. It has a wonderful collection of trees and flowers, including the weeping hemlocks in my “Deep Cut Gardens” scratchboard. They also have a large collection of bonsai trees. I sketched these three during a visit in September.
The trees seemed to take forever to change colors this fall, and when they did, it only lasted a few days. I did this watercolor while sitting in my back yard on an October day that was as warm as a day in August.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.