Wild flowers

Here’s another peek inside my sketchbook. I’m working in my Moleskine journal with the lightweight paper that is better suited to dry media. So I used a black brush pen and a Micro pen to do the initial drawing. Then added color using Neocolor II water based crayons. Once completed, I went over it with a slightly wet brush to blend the color a bit. Oh yeah, the background texture was done by lightly spraying ink through a stencil. I’m really enjoying working in this way on a daily basis, or as close to it as possible. Hope you like seeing what I’m up to.

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flower sketch

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Lunch time sketching

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I started this wineglass while I was waiting for my girlfriends to arrive for lunch. I arrived early and pushed myself to take the sketchbook out and just start. I got the outline done and then the girls showed up and I put my sketchbook away so I could enjoy visiting.

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Then when I got home, I pulled a similar glass out of the cupboard and finished the shading. I was so glad that I pushed myself to start while at lunch.

Then a few days later I took myself out to Dopo, one of my favorite Italian cafes. The food is great and they have outdoor tables so Kuma can join me. I was feeling good about my last experience drawing at lunch, so I decided to draw the water bottle which was a recycled wine bottle. I realized I had a theme going with the wine glass, so I decided to add it to the same page.

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I used water soluble graphite on this one. After sketching, I gave it a wash of water to blend and give it a more interesting look. I’m very happy with the page as a whole.

Leaf Study

Well, I’m continuing to work on developing a regular sketchbook practice. While in San Diego for vacation this summer, I sketched these leaves on the back deck of the little beach cottage we rented. It was incredibly pleasant to be out there sketching in the morning while I had my coffee. A big plus is that when I look back on these sketches in my sketchbook, I am immediately taken back to that lovely time. I’ve been hearing about this experience from people who sketch while on their vacations but am still surprised at how much more vivid the memory is than when I look at photos of the exact same spot. So that is more encouragement to continue this practice.

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sketch of leaf

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Sketchbook delight

I know a while back I said we were blogging on our Luscious Life Studios site but I’ve decided to share a new endeavor with you all here. I’ve decided to start a regular sketchbook practice, drawing as often as possible. I’m hoping it will be daily.

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I’m taking an online sketching class taught by the fabulous Alisa Burke. It’s called Sketchbook Delight and it is indeed a delight! Homework for week 1 is learning about the tools. It really appeals to my methodical nature to test out the different mark-makers in this fashion. I’m also making notes about the process. For me, this is mostly review but it has been 20+ years since I got my BA in fine art. Even though I do draw regularly, this is more formal than what I normally do. I’m working on getting my muscle memory & dexterity back. Also, now I have to use my reading glasses which is fine but just different. Another thing to get used to.

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Alisa is a great instructor. She is very clear and inspirational & really knows her stuff. I highly recommend her classes. If you are wanting some creative fun this fall she has lots of different classes to offer.