|12" x 16" Oil on Canvas Panel|
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The weekly drawing session continues to provide a rich and wide variety of models for us humble drawers and sketchers who work to stretch ours skills to ever higher levels. That, and the chips and salsa ain't bad, either. For this sketch (done a week and a half ago) I used a darker paper with a warm gray tone. The darker paper worked well, I think, for the model's dark complexion. I only wish I had enough time to draw the colorful Indian clothing she wore. The darks were drawn with the usual charcoal pencils. Instead of "charcoal white" for highlights, I used a pale pinkish Conte pastel pencil more suited to the papers warm tone. Drawing dimensions are around 14" x 10".
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|Wintertime Pennsylvania Birch Tree|
Sketching in Nature can be done any time of the year, at least in places I've lived, but this time of year - Springtime - is particularly good for it. Spring fever and sketchbooks just fit together! Here are some thoughts about the natural world, along with some sketches (directly related to the text or not) I've done in the past.
|Forget- me-Nots, Unidentified Leaves, and a Frog that Wouldn't Stay Still!|
|Gesture Studies of a Hawk in a Pennsylvania Forrest|
|Dead Cottonwood in a Utah Desert Canyon|
|Rocky Mountain Flora and Utah Lake Shells|
Blue-gray limestone bears record of primitive life incomprehensibly more distant. And there are those high overlooks that reveal so much geology, so much sky, so much - that even though I can see it all I can't wrap my mind around it. Those kinds of places show much more to me than I'm able to take in. Perhaps to some degree everything is like that, and on every scale.
One doesn't always have to travel deep into the wilderness to enjoy the benefits of sketching nature. Simply sitting down on your own lawn* near some bushes or under a shade tree can provide a wealth of subjects to study.
|A Study of Pine Cone Geometry|
The sketch shown immediately above was made when I came across a strange plant growing in a Pennsylvania field. Making that sketch and taking notes enabled me to research the plant upon returning home and find out what it was.
The study of natural things includes not only natural history but also the history of humankind. So many people don't see themselves as part of nature – part of this Earth. Many surround themselves with - and even ingest – artificial things, which way too often provide us with nothing beyond the here and now. The study of nature can not only benefit us here and now, but opens pathways that extend beyond our own life and times, and offers means for positive change. When I sketch in the wild, I'm not just sharpening drawing skills. I'm not only studying nature. I'm also learning about myself. And I'm learning something about you.
*Note: a lawn that isn't over manicured and drenched in herbicide and fertilizer is highly recommended.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
|14" x 11" Charcoal and White Pencils on Tan Paper|
For this drawing, I got out the Strathmore "Toned Tan" sketchbook again. Most of my effort went into drawing her head, especially her face. Because of limited time, the colorful jingle dress was only slightly suggested, and kind of looks like a plain buckskin dress in this drawing.
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