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.
I spent most of this past week convalescing at home. On Monday I was soaking up the sun and enjoying our gardens when I got the inspiration to try some flower portraits on scratchboard. I drew the lilies first, finishing it before it was time to go in. I liked the results, so on Tuesday I tried the rudbreckia. On Wednesday it rained and Thursday I was out, but on Friday I completed the set with a portrait of bee balm.
Last year it rained throughout my camping trip. This year the weather was great, but I felt lousy. So, I didn't have a great time, and I didn’t wander far from my campsite, but I still found a few nice scenes to draw, and I did get to try out some different media.
On my first day there I drew this pastel looking down the
path to the small pond next to the campsite.
This was my first attempt at using inktense pencils. The surface is Ampersand Pastelbord. The colors are too dark and the sky was a big accident, but, all in all, it's not too bad.
The third day I did this quick watercolor. It was early morning and the small trees in the marsh were all lit up and stood out sharply against the dark woods in the background.
On my last evening there I saw the setting sun lighting up the trunk of this large pine on the edge of the pond. I ran and got my sketchpad and drew this with colored technical pens. This is as far as I got before the light failed.
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.