Our Virtual Sketching group was led this
month by Toni, who took us to the
island of Angra do Heroísmo. Such a treat — I’ve never even heard of this island!
My push for myself is to continue to
work with inks, experimenting with
layering inks, then moving to watercolors.
Unfortunately I have a leaky new pen.
I have fooled with it but it keeps leaking!
Guess what I will be doing today?
My first image is from the
top of the mountain overlooking the town —
probably from a garden area near
Alto da Memoria of even in it!
I started with a pencil sketch, partly to lay out the page, and then locate key elements.
Pencil always let me be a bit looser, and think loosely. I wanted to draw the landscape scene larger, and let the whole layout (you’ll see on another post) become looser.
Once I hit the pen, I am pushing for more control, though again, I’d like to change that.
Finally I started layering colors: DeAtramentis Turquoise for the sky,
Super5 Atlantic (how appropriate) for the sea.
Varying layers of DeAtramentis Green and Super5 Dublin, plus mixed greys, created the basis for the island park seen in the distance, and the underpainting of the palms.
Finally I moved in with watercolors to finish.
I didn’t want to paint articulate every roofline, and tried a graphic element at first
(wish I’d taken a photo.) Mitchell could not see what I was doing,
thought it sand beach or rocks, so, I had to articulate them in the end.
My church is leaning forward in the actual image. Drives me nuts.
I corrected it in the banner!
I started a closed Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone
to comfortably post their virtual sketches, and also where we will,
from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.
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