Saturday, August 10, 2019

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils If I was in charge of naming seaweed...

I sketched in the sun, sand, and salty sea spray. Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and watercolor in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

As I walked along the shoreline enjoying the feel of the waves, I discovered many different kinds of seaweed. I made mental notes of each kind along with a fun name to help me remember what it looked like. 

Back at the beach blanket, I sketched Tom as he went into the waves, and decorated the page with my algal findings.

Pink Pom-pom Seaweed, Sea Grass, and Sea Lettuce.

Lasagna Noodle Seaweed and Seaweed With-A-Stem-Attached-To-Some-Other-Seaweed.

Bubble-wrap Seaweed and Looks-Like-A-Feather Seaweed.

Nature Journaling outside of the box or in this case without a guide book. You don't always need a Latin binomial or even a botanical level drawing to enjoy recording nature.

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils Development piece of an interior view...

Waiting in the dentist's office for Tom. Practicing with colored pencils in my Jane Davenport Canvas Journal. My only view was of 2 chairs and a window with vertical blinds. Not one person in the room to sketch, so this is a development piece of an interior view also known as practicing sketching chairs .

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day 52 Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Day 52 of #The100DayProject. I searched the lower wet woods until I found "Jack". Considering the environment, I knew there just had to be some arum species about somewhere. 

With the Jack-in-the-Pulpit, size and environmental conditions determine the sex of the plant. This means the plant may be male this year but female next year. The larger plants are usually female.

Watercolors and Micron pen in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day 51 Wild Geraniums

Day 51 of #The100DayProject.  Pretty lavender Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) flowers blooming along the lane. 

This wild geranium is a native in the Eastern US woodlands.

Watercolors and Micron pen in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#PlaysWithPencils Space Rocks! Version 3 (tan background)

Derwent Metallic Pencils in a Strathmore Toned Tan Sketch Paper Journal.

When not tilted toward the light source, the page looks a little blah.

On these rocks I decided to do some mark making with my Lamy fountain pen.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

#PlaysWithPencils Space Rocks! ver. 1 and 2 (black backgrounds)

Space Rocks colored with Derwent Metallic Pencils. The left hand version is drawn on black gesso in my Jane Davenport Canvas Journal. The right hand version is drawn in a sketchbook with black paper.

The heavy texture in the Jane Davenport comes across even when the page has been gessoed.

Move paper around in the light to catch the metallic glow.

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils These Pencils are Blender-iffic!

Look how luscious these Derwent Artists Color Pencils are when blended!

After doing the swatches for this 12 pack, I blended the second row with an alcohol marker blender. This was done in a Crescent Rendr Journal for markers. 

Just a doodle at the bottom of the page. Playing with colored pencils after taking Sketchbook Skool's Colored Pencils: Sharpen Your Skills Kourse. 

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils COW ALERT! For a good cause...

Take the Hay Ride at Buttonwood Farm to meet the friendly Red Angus cows. Colored pencil over watercolor in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

If you love to be surrounded by sunflowers, this ride also stops in the center of the flower field. The farm's Sunflowers for Wishes program donates all of their proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation. This year they raised almost $125,o00!

After the ride get some delicious farm fresh ice cream. And buy a bouquet of flowers for a good cause!

#DrawWithMe Thursdays with Danny Gregory with Lucinda

While Lucinda Rogers sketched the view out her window, she was interviewed by Danny Gregory on #DrawWithMe. (The youtube clip is live and there are audio issues at the beginning.) She first used ink with a brush to establish bold lines and then filled in the detail with a dip pen and ink. A touch of color was added with pencil. 

I sketched the view out my window, also. Here the tree service was taking down a dead tree in the front yard. The man in the bucket was so high up that he doesn't appear in the picture but the limb that he was dropping does.

Monday, August 5, 2019

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils Journaling with Amelia

Never too young (with supervision) for  colored pencils! Amelia (20 months) and I are sketching in my Jane Davenport Canvas Journal with colored pencils. She likes dinosaurs.

This journal has some heavy texture. Almost too much to get a good smooth cover with the pencils.

Working together we made a beautiful journal page!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Come Into the Sunflower Field with Me...

Colored Pencil Sunflowers in the Sketchbook Skool Student Bulletin

I shared a comparison of two sunflower pictures, one from about a year ago in Pennsylvania, and another recently done at a farm in Connecticut with my Sketchbook Skool community. 

The smaller older one was done with watercolor and pen and the newer one on the right was done with watercolor and colored pencils after taking Sketchbook Skool's Colored Pencils: Sharpen Your Skills Kourse.

I love the looseness of this version! I enjoyed the mark making with the pencils over the watercolors. So fun!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

#SBSColoredPencils #PlaysWithPencils Watercolor and Colored Pencil "At the Sunflower Farm"

At Buttonwood Farm in the sunflower field. Colored Pencils over watercolor in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Sitting on a hill overlooking the field. A crowd of Vietnamese visitors between my sketching spot and the flowers. 

Sketching people practice. I wish I had captured a few visitors as they stood among the sunflower stalks taking pictures!