Bugs come in such interesting shapes and colors and August is a good month to find them. This afternoon I went for a walk in a nearby field and came upon a huge yellow spider dining on a wrapped up grasshopper. When I sat down beside her she dropped to the ground and hid, but I knew she wouldn’t leave her dinner alone for long. Sure enough, within a couple of minutes she was back, and she became so absorbed in eating that I had time for three sketches, finally getting it right on the third try.
Then I moved around to the other side of the web and she went through the hide and return bit again while I got settled. Her underside was as interesting as her top side, with an intricate pattern of yellow, white, brown and black markings.
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.