Sunday, August 23, 2015

Silver Creek...

One of my favorite places to spend time is near the water 
 where I can hear it running down the creek.


This week I was lucky to have that opportunity, while
 also sharing the time with my daughter and granddaughters. 
It was cool and comfortable along Silver Creek on a hot summer day.


It's also a perfect opportunity to do some sketching and painting.


Lily found a good place to sit and sketch.


Being such a dry summer this year,
 I was able to find a place to set up in the creek
 where it would normally be all under water.


This was not our first time to spend an afternoon cooling off creekside this summer.
Here's some pictures taken in the same location several weeks ago in June.




I love this sketch that Lily did that day of me while I was painting.
She caught me in action before I took my hat off.


Silver Creek
12 x 8" pastel


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pen and Pastels....

The morning was spent in Deanna's yard with the 



I chose the Rudbeckia in full bloom to be my focus for a sketch.


I used a uni-ball Vision Elite 0.5 mm pen to sketch with.
 Make a mark...go with it...re-render with more marks.
No time to ponder or erase. More chance to be spontaneous.


Then on to opening my new
 to explore a scene in pastel.


These two trees
 were acting as a viewfinder
for the scene that captured my attention.


I worked at making "chunky" marks,
practicing what Stan Sperlak had suggested to me in the recent 
workshop studying with him.


I stayed loose through the process
by keeping the composition simple and
doing my best to make confident marks. 

12 X 8" pastel on Pastel Premier paper