I’m doing so much sketching at the moment that I’m finding it hard to keep up! So today this is a long article with lots of sketches from the last few weeks in both my main sketchbook and my Greenwood.
As mentioned previously I decided to use a Gamma 8×10 sketchbook and switch to Sepia ink in all my pens. This was a fun change!
I loved using Sepia ink but didn’t really enjoy the cream paper of Gamma. Still, I managed to fill the sketchbook and now I’m very happy to be back to my favourite Alpha. I also realised that using little areas of spot black is important to me so that I can achieve a full range of values… so once I ran out of ink in my pens, I replaced the sepia with black. I still have a few pens with sepia ink and will continue to use them… but I just missed black!
I’ve also started sketching more buildings and it’s been just so wonderful to be out sketching architecture on location again (as mentioned last week). I’m still doing my daily bush visits (it’s now been 7 weeks in a row that I’ve done this Mon-Fri) but I’m also carving out more time to sketch my local areas. Last week I sketched three churches in three days – as part of the Buildings Lesson 1 exercise. Ah! it’s SO good to be going through this course again!
- I’ve started a new Palladio project (see more here) but that will be done at a very leisurely pace. My priority is to get out sketching before the weather starts getting too hot.
- I’m continuing to sketch teacups – it’s become part of my daily routine now so these sketches are happening effortlessly at the moment.
- I intend to keep doing my bush sketching. I’m still super inspired by Lane Cove National Park – finding different views to sketch every visit. I’m just so happy to have a location that I can return to every day and do the same type of sketching without having to bother without finding a new subject matter. Even ifI sit at the same picnic table, just shifting my position slightly can mean a totally different composition to record.
- I’m slowly exploring the fun new watercolour paints from Deep Deep Light.
Okay, enough preamble, here are most of my recent sketches…
Sketches in my Gamma 8×10 softcover
Sketches in my Alpha 8×10 softcover
Sketches in my Greenwood Journal
These are approximately 10-minute sketches done during my afternoon walk. The idea is to explore possible views for future watercolour sketches in my main sketchbook,
So how is your everyday sketching going at the moment? Writing articles here on this blog is such a one-way form of communication… so I would really love to hear about your sketching in the comment section below.
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