Monday, June 30, 2008

Looking for a flat rock

Just as I was getting settled on the jetty, thinking about what to paint, I was suddenly swarmed by a young family with many boys looking for flat rocks to skip on the ocean. This little crab hand was the first one out to the end of the jetty and moved incessantly. That seagull saw him coming and was just about to lift off.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Towards Woods Hole

The very first thing I always want to do any time I'm near the sea is to get right to the water's edge as quickly as I can. I found a spot on a jetty at Falmouth beach my first morning and made this sketch looking in the direction of Wood's Hole.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Waiting for chicken salad

There was absolutely nothing to this scene. I was sitting in the car, waiting for my friend to pick up dinner and hell bent on sketching something. Anything. So here was the parking lot in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. I wasn't able to finish the sketch as my friend was too quick for me and anxious to get home with the hot goods.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hydrangea quercifolia

Another drawing of my Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

See my watercolors at Landscape into Art.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Mystery Lilies 2

More mystery lilies. These ruffled darlings are a pale, creamy yellow. In the fall, I'll replant them along the side of the studio in alternating spots with my blue hill salvia. They'll complement each other beautifully next year.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mystery Lilies 1

The mystery lilies planted in early Spring are opening now. More yellow than I was expecting but they're all lovely. These are a deep burnt orange with cool yellow centers.

Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the Middle Tennessee Daylily Association event so it may take some digging and time to figure out what varieties are now growing here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Studio Garden

Today, I thought I'd try doing a sketch before getting distracted with all the busy work. I had some pages left in an abandoned moleskine sketchbook so grabbed that and started in on this section of the garden with my Lamy pen.

Parts of the garden were planted with mystery daylilies now showing themselves and I just wanted to look at these patches. The fluid ink on the slippery moleskine paper was not very satisfying so I added some water wash which seemed a bit too cool and valueless. Next, I added some dabs of watercolor but the ink bled into them. So I grabbed the markers but they bled the ink, too. Then I went in with pencil to see if I could work up the values better and finally hunted down my Crayola crayon box. What do you know? Crayon works on this slippery paper quite well. For example, the green of the door is made with marker and the terra cotta tiles with crayon.

What I intended to be a simple sketch turned out to be a complicated process. Although I'm not wild about the scribbled mess, lack of value and slants, it's just a sketch and what I made today.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Through studio door

After several failed attempts at watercolors today, I gave up and sat down with a book on watercolor to see if it might work some sort of trick for me. Then I looked up across the studio and saw this through one of the door panels. At first I worked a sketch up on ratty newsprint then grabbed the pastels and worked over the charcoal marks. Although my pastel selection does not include any of the yellow-green range in my yard, I rather like this. I especially like the dimensions as I've grown really tired of the standard sizes I've been working inside.


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