Saturday was the monthly GALA plein air outing. We met at the New England Woodenware building on School Street and tackled some urban scenes. I chose a view of the Gardner skyline and I decided that since I was on a roll with the scratchboard I’d try to keep it going. This is what I accomplished in 2 hours.
Later in the afternoon I had to cruise a woodlot in Templeton. After I finished I was standing by my car parked in an old field when a clump of young pine in the middle of the field of caught my eye. The skinny, pale pine leaders glowed against the backdrop of the dark woods at the other side of the field. Luckily I still had my sketching equipment with me and didn’t have to be anywhere particular, so I sat down and did this watercolor.
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.