Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In the meantime

Sometimes I just have to do something quick and loose, especially after working on a graphite or colored pencil drawing. I did this watercolor sketch last evening from a photo I had taken at Doughton Park. I have fun playing with watercolors, even if I never do get the results that I am after.
And this is a watercolor pencil sketch in my hand.book journal. It was done while waiting in the car during kiddo's tennis lesson one day last week, of the trees across the tennis courts. I would like to make time for regular watercolor practice because I do like the change of pace from drawing in graphite and dry colored pencil. Going from one to the other, the fast sketching with watercolor, and the slow drawing with pencils, seems to balance my creative energy somehow. What do you do to keep from feeling stuck with a certain media? Does switching gears by switching media work for you too?

17 comments:

bettyfromtexas said...

Your watercolors are beautiful, Ann, and I LOVE the watercolor pencil sketch!! The textures and colors of the pencil strokes are so lovely!!

nanke's stuff said...

I really like the looseness of the watercolor painting and the softness of the watercolor pencil painting.... nicely done! nancy

Gabrielle said...

I can't get over how you capture the mood and essence of a scene in sketch. I can feel the time of day, can sense the distance; just beautiful!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I like BOTH of them very much, Ann!

Kelly said...

I love the looseness in that first painting and the color.....I'm going to try doing it. ....and sketching while waiting to pick up kiddo...I have a kiddo of my own that seems to need picking up quite a bit. Need to try it. It's a lovely painting too. Switching gears sounds like a good idea....

Jennifer Rose said...

switching gears does wonders for me when I can't seem to draw at all. I either sew or do nothing but read, which helps a lot. The small break really helps me want to draw again

those are nice loose sketches, they work really well :D

Laureline said...

Ann, I think your work is splendid! I really admire your range of style and subject matter---there's always something new and fun to look at!

Debbi said...

I really like the top watercolor - it wonderfully suggests the setting and distance. Love the knoll of trees. . .

Tyanne said...

Love the looseness and the colors.. Both sketches are really great.

Sandy said...

Oh That water color is rich and vibrant!

msbeadalot said...

I just keep taking new classes but that has got to stop. Working predominately in one medium as you are doing is a good thing. Your watercolor is a good diversion and will improve till you might want to spend equal time or it might even take over from you pencil work; who knows, but you are doing great so I need to learn from your consistency and quit flitting about if I want to improve my own work.

Alex said...

Oh I love switch medias from time to time. No just media actually, switching tools too, like using computer to do sketches and all. But I really like to see your drawings from different medias, they are just so different and good in different ways too. :) But your 'cool' colors are just unique!
Thanks again for your previous comments

Jeff said...

Your trees are wonderful. I feel like I learned a lot just spending a couple of minutes with your watercolor. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Weeks said...

These are great! The quick watercolor is gorgeous.

Ann said...

Thanks everyone! I worry about not being consistent enough. Nice to get such positive feedback :-)

quirkyartist said...

I really love the way you put the pencil down on the paper.

Krista Meister said...

I definitely like switching gears, from drawing to painting. Keep you fresh. However, I find WC to always getting pushed off to the side because it is easier to draw and needs less equipment. You do such wonderful CP work, and I know it is time-consuming, so its perhaps nice to switch gears and get in a quick WC sketch from time to time?

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