Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Urban Sketching

To the victims of the recent tragedy in France, peace, prayers and blessings!


Breakfast at the bar

This is my first experience of coffee shop sketching, I've been wanting to try for a while. I imagined a happy scenario, and many sketches would come out of it. Unfortunately the waitress cleared my table before I was able to say anything, oh well... people smoking and sitting with friends are allowed to linger longer. My sketch above is what I was able to get down. I'm happy with the gestural line and the few colors I managed to capture. I wanted to go back in and work on the cup more but it being an exceptionally foggy morning, nothing was drying.

 A "quiet" side street in Rome

Afterwards I transferred to a side street. I wasted valuable time finding an out of the way place to sketch. It is not an easy task in Rome.  Parked cars leave, people constantly walk around you. It seems no matter where you are, YOU are in someone's way. The balancing of my materials was also quite hard while trying not to get dirty. I do have a tendency to spill paint on myself or end up with ink all over my fingers. Rome is so colorful and offers many possibilities to sketch. Perspective is difficult because there is so much to include sometimes, building upon building.  I especially find the balconies hard to do but love the hanging laundry or potted plants. Maybe next time I will just focus on one...

  while on the metro

A fun challenge is to draw a passenger while riding the metro.  You never know when they are getting off! This one took me four stops. I've noticed men are more reluctant to notice you sketching them while women realize it immediately. This gentleman was reading an actual book with pages, it's nice to see people do this...

Crab on the beach

Peace was found when a tiny crab washed up to shore on the beach. Best experience of all, listening to the waves, enjoying the solitude away from the hustle and bustle of city living. 

One never knows what will happen while out sketching. It is a great exercise in observation of the surroundings. Indeed, the coffee shop has not seen the last of me!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Autum on the Farm

Autumn on the Farm
watercolor on paper
30 x 23 cm

This was painted as part of the October "All media challenge" for the Artist Daily Friends group I belong to on Facebook. I was attracted by this photo (kindly provided by Karen Duncan) because it brought me back to my childhood, to the long car rides to view the autumn foliage. It seems sights like this are quickly disappearing to make room for strip malls and housing developments.

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