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Okay, you KNOW I am not big on self-criticizing… But gads the green got away from me. I think this is a good lesson in not just planning from a sketching point of view, but from a color point of … Continue reading
It started with the Monkey King tile from Christ Church in Dublin… And then I had to draw the one next to it… And then I found more… And more. They marched along the bottom of the open pages. They … Continue reading
When sketches go wrong… blobs from a bad pen! *how to “fix”? add more blobs… then smear… oops* I feel good about the looseness of these sketches. I put the brush between my teeth to get me to play fast … Continue reading
Trying to keep things loose. This sketch was started in pencil in early March and finished at the yesterday. Time can make one move toward looseness! this whole sketch took a few minutes, and the color splashed on. It feels … Continue reading
What can I say… it is outside my office window. Feeling stuck, I turn to a material I rarely use, Watercolor charcoal big fat pencil. If that won’t loosen you up — having no control with a fat dull tip … Continue reading
Somehow I have to sketch every day… Nothing special, a doodle in front and in the lecture hall. I felt like I was coming down with something by the end of the day… so a very half-hearted attempt to finish!! … Continue reading
The new construction in Portland is rather depressing. Here is the welcoming plaza between two buildings. Not one plant. BTW, I added the green and brown… Could not stand all that grey and I am a fan of the color…. … Continue reading
NOW I’m getting somewhere! From Max Vanderwyst’s car images! Again I used grisaille to shadow, the Super5 Frankfurt ink in a water-brush. I should go back and add a bit of shadow to the columns… Very fast watercolor, middle of … Continue reading
Max Vanderwyst offered his lovely car images and I still went first for the building image. What can I say? Old habits die hard. But I’d like to do some cars, so…. It was a lovely building to draw, and … Continue reading
Sketch from an image looking back at Art Center spanning the arroyo. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook! Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen in medium and fine with De Atramentis … Continue reading
Sketch to ink to grisaille to underpainting (for brightness) to final watercolor!. I spent a lot of time in Pasadena and love the Green Hotel! Above, pencil sketches and a relaxed layout of the entry and one end of the … Continue reading
Along the Willamette River, estimates of 70,000 people wearing brightly colored clothing and umbrellas (not a normal sight in Oregon) in the grey rain. Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, Super5 Frankfurt … Continue reading
A complicated little house not far from the Moreton Bay Fig. Not easy, lotsa mistakes…. Logic (an architectural drawing) is easier. Not my style anymore… and little fun for me! I release those days! Relying on seeing leads to charming … Continue reading
Mitchell’s mom ran the Chili Hut in Santa Paula… When I sketched the building where it was I put a couple of women in dresses as they might have been then and used a 50’s style car (made up of … Continue reading
Musings today. And continuing to finish off this breaking apart Pentalic! Being a student in a great architectural school prior to the advent of CAD, and exposed to some amazing and innovative thinkers was a huge gift. Los Angeles was … Continue reading
Liz Steel asked this morning if the architects she knows who draw needed to learn observational skills in order to sketch as artists. I sketch, practiced architecture until I left it to pursue art, and am an artist. Most of … Continue reading
“Grisaille (/ɡrᵻˈzaɪ/ or /ɡrᵻˈzeɪl/; French: gris [ɡʁizaj] ‘grey’) is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour… A grisaille may be executed for its own sake, [or] as underpainting … working … Continue reading