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.


  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!

  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.

  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.

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

  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!

    Mary C. Nasser

  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,

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

  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.

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