Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tin Palette Studies and a Tip!

In my efforts to create a mud-free travel palette I did some color mixing studies. As I had mentioned in a previous post, the colors in my palette were Hansa yellow, Azo orange, Quin red, Cobalt blue, Cobalt teal, Diopside genuine, Quin gold deep, Raw sienna, Burnt umber and Lunar black. I didn't do mixes with Azo orange since I'm considering switching it out with Pyrrol orange. Or Lunar black. One could create endless studies with the colors that fit in this little Altoid tin palette!

I decided to remove Raw sienna and add Quinocridone sienna. It makes outstanding oranges when mixed with Quin gold deep, and also a nice transparent deep brown when mixed with Cobalt blue. Quin sienna is very versatile. It's also powerful in intensity. Since I can create fairly decent deep values with colbalt blue and Quin sienna, I removed Lunar black.

Here are additional studies with colors I'm considering: Hansa yellow, Anthraquinoid Scarlet, Pyrrol orange, Quin sienna, quin gold deep and Cobalt violet. Some interesting mixes.

I decided to add cobalt violet because I just can't live without a violet in my palette. So for now I've settled on Hansa yellow, Quin red, Pyrrol orange, Cobalt blue, Cobalt teal, Cobalt violet deep, Quin sienna, Diopside genuine and Quin gold deep. 

Here's a neat trick!
I found this brilliant trick (somewhere on flickr) for attaching pans to the tin using self sticking magnets on the bottom of the pans. So I bought a roll of magnetic tape and cut pieces to size. It comes in sheets too. At first I was skeptical they'd be strong enough to hold, but they do. Works great! Makes colors interchangeable with a click. No sticky stuff to deal with.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Winter Sunset

While out walking the dog this evening I did a couple sketches of the sunset over the Olympic Peninsula. I took my Altoid tin palette, two small sketchbooks (3.5"x5.5" and a 5"x8") and water brushes in a small satchel. Zoey, my dog, didn't seem to mind waiting while I worked. There was a deep carpet of leaves to lay on and the temps are a bit warmer than it's been. The sunset was something to behold. Incredible color on clouds, reflecting on water and constantly changing.
I made some changes to my tin colors after doing color studies this morning. I'll be posting about that in a day or so. I'm much happier now with my orangey reds and purpley blues!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sketching at Ebey Bowl

The Whidbey Island Sketchers met at Ebey Bowl in Coupeveille last week. A wonderfully retro place. So fun! Do check out WISk's fabulous sketches!

A few sketches from later that evening at Greenbank Grille:

A Little Night Drawing

I weathered the cold on a walk at dusk and did this little sketch of the road in the woods. It was getting dark fast and I could hardly see what I was putting down, but that's part of the excitement. I enjoy coming home to view the results. Not thrilled with this one, but oh well.

This little palette is what I took. A year or so ago I spray painted a little Altoid tin with the intent of turning it into a pocket travel palette. I set it aside until I saw my sketching friend's little tins and was inspired to put it together. The tin contains Hansa yellow, Quin red, Cobalt blue, Diopside green, Cobalt teal, Raw sienna, Quin burnt orange, Burnt umber, Azo orange and Lunar black. All are Dan Smith. Handy little palette! Covers the color wheel nicely. I'm not a huge fan of Quin red but it mixes up very nice violets, so I didn't add a violet of any kind. It mixes a decent orange too, but sometimes I want a pure punch of it, so added the Azo. I'll work with that for awhile but will change it out soon for my favorite, Pyrrol orange. It's fairly opaque, which has advantages at times.

Water brushes, fleece and fuzzy gloves.

Later that evening I decided to try sketching outside again but this time with my headlamp on. Brrrr!

I tried to capture the moon and it's beautiful light through the clouds and tree...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Figure Drawing, Session 3

We had an outstanding model at our last drawing session. She has lovely features and dressed in an interesting costume of a black skirt, frilly gauzy top and black stiletto boots. I tried to suggest her tattoos and not go over board on them.

I started with charcoal:

Then moved to watercolor:

I have mixed feelings about long poses. I much prefer doing gestures and quick 20 minutes to keep things fresh. But, admittedly, longer poses give more opportunity to study. And more opportunity to overwork it. So I draw the same pose a couple times.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sketching at Senior Thrift

Spent an afternoon sketching with the Whidbey Island Sketchers at Senior Thrift in Freeland. This is from a couple weeks back.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

More Figure Drawing

Even though our model didn't show, our drawing group managed by drawing each other. I must say we have an interesting group of noses. I find noses wonderful subjects. They come in so many subtle shapes and sizes.
Drawing that evening was excruciatingly difficult for some reason. It felt like I couldn't see and feel the forms, so I tried drawing the same subject over and over.
Here are some drawings from the last session...




The many hands of Faye.

An unfinished drawing of Judith

Monday, November 11, 2013

Figure Drawing

It's an incredible joy to get back to figure drawing! I find the human form so beautiful. Here's a few drawings from the last session. I used charcoal for the gesture and Neocolor with water for the other two.