(I wrote this in July, but saved it as a draft and then forgot to post it.) I spent a pleasant day at a friend’s cabin in the woods at the beginning of the week. It was peaceful, the weather was perfect, and the scenery was beautiful. My first picture was a pen & ink portrait of the cabin. They built it themselves out of logs they cut on their property. It sits under a stand of pine on the edge of a small pond. I sat on the footbridge that is the only access to the cabin.
The family has set out nesting boxes throughout the property. This was one of many wood duck boxes set in the marsh abutting the pond. This was drawn with Inktense pencils on pastelbord.
The next morning I woke up to see the sunrise on the little pond. I used watercolor crayons to capture the scene.
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.