This one is from a house just across the street though with a lovely blooming tree in permanent pen and watercolor and is the first sketch in my Stillman and Birn Alpha 6" x 9" sketchbook.
I needed a way to support my sketchbook, paint box, pencils and brushes for sketching at the festival and got a great idea from Debo on Artists Journal workshop which I translated to this arrangement. Basically a foam core board, 12 inches square to which I attached some magnet strips and a couple of clip on medium containers for water.
The day cleared up and ended up being lots of fun. It was great to watch people emerging from the winter and all the festivity that involved.
This one is from the front window of the Halcyon House where we stay every year. Pen and watercolor in my Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook mentioned earlier.
This warm brick house against all the Spring greens was really appealing...
This week I have worked on organizing my palette,
One of my goals for this class is to try for more of a painting technique and drawing more with my brushes than with pen. It remains to be seen how this will work out for me.
I am really excited about this class as it represents a real change in routine for me and time to focus on painting and sketching.
My copy is a Dover edition from the revised book published in 1973. While this is not a book full of lavish color photos it is definitely one of the most helpful books have ever read on approaching the Plein Air landscape no matter what medium you choose to work with.
I feel sure I will be sharing more about the class as events unfold.
Here is Maisie during one of the more relaxed moments. She has a special talent for comfort and repose which makes her a much easier sketch subject than Laddie the busy boy Border Collie.
Colored pencil in the Alpha sketchbook.