I didn’t have much down time during my trip to Colorado this summer, but since I’ve been home, I’ve been able to do a few watercolors sketches in my Moleskin sketchbook.  I thought I’d share them with you:

Sunrise at Estes Park with blanket flowers

Blanket flower

Tourists on a snowfield in Rocky Mountain National Park

Red Mountains

Mariposa lilies

Colorado Columbine

Learning to Draw

September 13, 2011

Sketchbooks and palette belonging to watercolor artist Ron Stocke

“Finally, since you cannot learn to draw simply by reading about it, and since no single book or classroom approach can possibly ‘teach’ you to draw, I suggest that you wed yourself so thoroughly to your sketchbook that it almost becomes a physical extension of yourself.  And now what you must do is draw and draw and draw and look at drawings and draw and draw and look at drawings and draw . . . ”
— Robert Kaupelis, Learning to Draw: A Creative Approach

I’m not sure I could ever live in the country again because I would miss the cultural events that big cities offer.  This weekend I took advantage of a free workshop at the Daniel Smith Seattle Store.  (Daniel Smith is an art supply store; you can link here for more information:  http://seattledanielsmithevents.blogspot.com/).

Watercolor artist Ron Stocke demonstrated his sketching techniques using the Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbooks for watercolor.  He brought several of his sketchbooks for us to look through, and they were inspiring.  It was very helpful to see how a working artist uses his sketchbook.  Ron often starts with a small thumbnail sketch in pencil, works out values, and then pencils a larger sketch that he paints over.  He said that almost all of his bigger gallery works were first painted in a sketchbook.  You can see more of Ron’s work at his website: http://www.ronstocke.com/.

Ron Stocke talks about one of his watercolor sketches

Ron passed around several of his sketchbooks so that we could look at his work.

Watercolor demonstration by Ron Stocke in his Daniel Smith workshop

I left the workshop feeling encouraged to keep going with my watercolor sketches.  Draw and draw and paint and paint.  Draw and draw and paint and paint.  My new mantra!


Texas Sketchbook

April 1, 2011

Watercolor painting in one of our hotel rooms

I did manage to do some watercolor sketches in Texas, but I found it very difficult to find the time to paint while on a road trip.  I realize now that I need to be alone to do any sketching or painting, and solitude is hard to find on a short vacation.  Here are the few pages from my moleskin journal with my Texas sketches:

Texas bluebonnet

Armadillo. (I saw two armadillos at my uncle's home near Ft. Worth.)

Texas wildflowers

Miscellaneous Texas images

More Texas wildflowers

Sketches from my Texas road trip

Watercolor sketch of blue heron

Watercolor sketch of laughing gulls

Nature Journaling

February 19, 2011

The nature sketchbooks of Molly Hashimoto

Union Bay Wild Exhibit: Paintings and prints by Molly Hashimoto

The Elisabeth C Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture is showing an exhibit of nature paintings by Molly Hashimoto through March 24th.  I aspire to keep a nature journal, so it was encouraging to see some of Hashimoto’s on display.  The “Union Bay Wild” exhibit is definitely worth a stop.  And while you are there, stroll the grounds to see what’s blooming in the botanical gardens.  You can link to the library website here: http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml.

Seen on a recent stroll through the gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Hellebore, Center for Urban Horticulture