Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Little Sun and Play

Took advantage of the spring weather to sketch outdoors. I put together a gauche palette and did a test run sketch of the garden cart in my yard. I was a little concerned that the gauche would be too hard after drying but it turns out they re-wet well. Both images were done in my Pentalic "Nature Sketch" brand sketchbook. It's a fairly heavy weight paper, 130lb and quite inexpensive. It has a nice tooth and is acid free.







Here I used Tombow Dual pens, red and black, and incorporated watercolor. This paper takes direct washes great, but doesn't stand up to scrubbing or frequent re-wetting. That's okay, it's great for experiments.

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful images. Such energy in the red foliage juxtaposed against the calm cool shadows on the deck. You've got new tools. I'll have to investigate!

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  2. Great sketches! What kind of gouache did you use? I have lots of trouble with it crumbling in my palette after it dries and I'd love to find one that doesn't do that.

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  3. Thank you for your comments, Sue and Carol!
    Sue, yes, a couple new tools. I've wanted to try the Tombow pens for some time since they're water soluble. They bleed crazy. And Nature Sketch is the best cheap paper. I discovered it through a student.
    Carol, I'm using Holbein. I'll see what they do over time. I read that M. Graham gauche is best for palette use because they don't dry out. Probably similar to their watercolor formulation, which stay soft.

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  4. These are lovely, especially the colours in the top one.

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  5. Love your outdoor sketches!
    Wonderful colors and gesture/marks.

    So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Best,
    Mary C. Nasser
    http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html

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  6. Thanks, Mary, for your sweet remarks. And thanks for the follow! I checked out your blog and it's very cool. I like your work, the artists you feature, and it's educational bent. It's all a wonderful mix.
    Warm regards,
    Kris

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  7. i've enjoyed my visit to your blog! i love your style!

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  8. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy and expressing your enjoyment in my work! It's fun to create and share. Nice to know others feel pleasure in viewing it.

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  9. Glad you've some nice weather. I like the top painting especially for its vibrant blue.

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