I christened my new sketchbook with this drawing of a tractor and pumpkins at Sherman Farm. Wow, have they got a lot of pumpkins! And old rusty machinery that makes for good subject matter. It's a delightful setting to draw and paint, and what a gorgeous day to be doing it.
Here's a sketch I did sometime ago. I'm posting it because it has some qualities I'm interested in pursuing. Lately I've been playing with gouache which, for me, is very frustrating to work with. It's easy to make mud pies. But I find the opacity of gouache in contrast to the transparency of watercolor very appealing. I just haven't found my groove with it. Though this sketch has no gouache incorporated, it touches upon the kinds of paint marks and opacity that drives me to keep experimenting. A simple, transparent wash is lovely to apply and look at but I want to achieve more expression
Whidbey had a nice break in the weather yesterday. And when it's sunny here it's gorgeous. The morning light filtering onto these trees was so striking I had to make some attempt at capturing the scene. So many colors I couldn't decide what was what. Were the tree trunks blue or violet? Leaves blue green or golden green? Sometimes I saw red, then sienna. With such indecision I ended up using all the colors in my travel palette. They're Daniel Smith watercolors... Hansa Yellow, Indian Yellow, Pyrrol Orange, Raw Sienna, Anthroquinoid scarlet, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Quinocridone Burnt Orange, Hookers Green, Sap Green, and Lunar Black.
As I waited for my first wash of the woodland scene to dry, I started the sketch on the left. I used Noodler's Ink, Kiowa Pecan, for the line work. It's water soluble so it bleeds a nice warm tone, yet retains a line.
Whidbey Island Sketchers met at Whidbey Island Winery for sketching this week. We lucked out with a nice day considering it's October. Surely one of the very last for sketching outdoors.
Here are my sketches for the day...
The two below were done at Mo's in Langley. I gravitated to the gentleman on
the left because of his great profile. Unusual and handsome.
the right... At times I get tired of drawing the backs of people. Oh
well. It becomes more about the medium, light and composition.