My “Business” Sketchbook: Outside Torchéres

The outside lighting at the Capitol is another one of those parts that must be overlooked
by visitors during the day, who are not drawn to the various sconces and torchéres
because the light does not draw their eyes like the sparkling light of the Tiffany lamps
in the interior spaces.  They are every bit as beautiful, and highly detailed.

I drew onsite, and added water-color in the studio.
I am still overworking my watercolors a tad bit, but I don’t care —
these are all opportunities for learning and I like the effects of the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Minnesota Pipestone and Hematite by Daniel Smith.
The deep green-blue is Phthalo Blue by Sennelier.

Drawn in an Stillman & Birn Delta journal
with a Pitt pens and Daniel Smith / QoR watercolors.
Happy Paint Party Friday and Friday Sketches!


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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27 Responses to My “Business” Sketchbook: Outside Torchéres

  1. Wow simply stunning you are so talented and as an artist you are so lucky to see more than most x


  2. Lainey says:

    I love the gorgeous colours!


  3. Annette G says:

    wow, such great sketches. Happy PPF, Annette x


  4. lynn says:

    I so love the look of ink and water color in a travel journal. Yours is beautiful!


  5. Sammy D. says:

    Torcheres. There, I’ll let that lushness roll off my tongue again. Torcheres 🙂

    Fabulous. I don’t know why but I’ve always preferred the mystery and secrets that exterior lamposts and torcheres suggest. Perhaps it’s imagining what goes on at night in the light and shadows, but they hold an allure that I don’t find indoors – except for a few very special places like the Library of Congress.

    If I was a painter ir illustrator, lamp posts would most definitely be a series. I guess I should think about a photo series. Just not sure the “wild west” offers enough intrigue in its lamp posts.


  6. these sketches are without a doubt my favourite that I have seen since I started visiting your blog… beautiful lines and fabulous energy.. GREAT post!!!!


  7. happytiler says:

    You are so skilled…thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles


  8. deb says:

    What great sketches. I love the color! Hugs! deb


  9. Cindy D. says:

    Wow, beautifully amazing architectural details! Just terrific.


  10. Reblogged this on Mpfconservation's Blog and commented:

    Another day at the Washington State Capitol Legislative Building!


  11. Dana says:

    Kate this is gorgeous and I always feel privileged to get a peek inside someones sketchbook! And thanks for turning me on to a new color! Love that turquoise and the reviews I read are amazing. I think it will replace my Cerulean =0)


    • I don’t think I could replace Cerulean — M. Graham is my favorite — a different blue. I do like the graininess and the effects of these Primatek colors. You either love them or hate them!


  12. susanissima says:

    Love these, Katie! Your journals are really coming along. The colors, the design, the marriage of text and visuals. Wow!


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