Small business owners rarely get to really take time off. You can’t ignore a new client
(or they may go elsewhere) and you can’t ignore the absolutely only time for a delivery,
in our case. Crater Lake is one of those areas where weather plays a huge part in when things happen. In this case, Our CCC Table was completed for a long time but two factors had to fall into place: the curator’s new space had to be readied and weather.
I will post more about the conservation of the
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Table here, on the MPF Conservation blog.
I sketched the delivery, all from photographs, because we did a one day turnaround. Photographs were all I had time for — we drove 6 hours up, 5 hours back.
Less table weight and carefulness for the table, we made better time coming back!
Choosing to sketch the trip was mostly because I rarely paint landscapes, and am taking a class by Marc Taro Holmes on Travel Sketching. The sketching in black then gradual buildup of grisaille (layers of waterproof ink) then watercolor was fun, combining Marc’s tips and Steven Reddy‘s tips on how to do an underpainting in ink.
Various bright colors of autumn, yellows and bright greens, and first layers of the sand or dirt. I was impatient and did not let each color dry, and so, greens overtook the yellow.
Too many greens and fall colors to mention; ask me if you need to know.
Final layers of dark greens, more layers of “dirt” using Greenleaf & Blueberry‘s
Cote de Azure — very much like a Primatek, grainy with undertones of purple.
This is about as good as I will ever get with realism for landscape journal purposes.
It is not my thang, as they say, but I want to be able to add to our personal travel journals with some landscapes, so thank you to Marc and Steven!
More comfortable with furniture and buildings, same principles!
The table before delivery:
Crater Lake and Wizard Island or Skell Island (Mitchell addition):
The table just before we say goodbye:
And finished, with pictures that were used:
Inked sketches in a A4 Moleskin Watercolor journal, with (mostly)
Platinum Carbon pen and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, the using a brush with
Noodler’s, Super5 or De Artramentis Document inks;
Daniel Smith Watercolors with a few Greenleaf & Blueberry, Holbien and QoR’s.
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