We had our first GALA Plein Air outing today and ten of us descended on the Templeton Common armed with paints and brushes. It was a beautiful morning and we all had a good time. Here’s some of the group gathering at the end to compare our work (yes, Kevin did do all that in 2 hours!).
I have such a hard time deciding what medium to use. This time I chose watercolor using an Ampersand Aquabord. I finished the piece with an hour to spare so I took out the colored pen set and a piece of claybord and did the second piece.
I was walking a boundary line in Newbury last week through a patch of old, beat-up woods full of character, when a big shape in the distance caught my eye. I dropped my tape and went to investigate, and wasn’t disappointed. On a small hillside, surrounded by a lot of big trees, was a sprawling old pine that topped them all. I didn’t have my camera with me, and I didn’t have time to stop, but I vowed I would return. Today I kept my vow. I only had about 45 minutes to spend with it, but I took a few pictures and drew this sketch.
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.