Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sketchbook Tuesday - again!

Yeah, I am going to try posting sketches regularly on Tuesdays again. Having a schedule is a good motivator. Something predictable and sure. We'll see how it goes.

So here is a sketch I did last week on one warm and sunny afternoon. I sat on our back deck, turned so that I could see the drive and side yard, and sketched our blooming forsythia while enjoying the sunshine. Most of our yard is wooded, with an understory of Rhododendrons, which provide a nice, rich green backdrop to the bright yellow of the forsythia blossoms. For this sketch I began with Prismacolors, my new favorite, "Espresso", and an old favorite, "Chestnut", to sketch in my scene. Somehow the pencil lines don't intimidate me the way ink lines do. Then I put in the watercolor and finished off by re-stating some of the pencil marks.

Now I have noticed that our recent rains have knocked most of the blossoms off of the forsythia. And it's supposed to get cold again. Winter still has a foot in the door here but spring still comes with determination in its own good time.

9 comments:

Gillian said...

Our forsythia has just gone over too. This pretty sketch really evokes the best of Spring days. x

Valley Art Project said...

I love your idea of Sketchbook Tuesdays and what a lovely sketch.

AutumnLeaves said...

Sometimes a "sketch" simply looks like a gorgeous painting to me. This one does indeed. Beautiful job, Ann.

whatidoisme said...

Love those vibrant colours, and the Tuesday routine sounds like good kind of structure.
Sue

Alex said...

I am glad you're doing the Tuesday post again =) I really miss that.
This has a beautiful mix of colors... lots of purple and yellow(reminds me of LSU actually) ^^

marancat said...

Lovely to see this! I am not painting at the moment - can't seem to get back into it. Your sketch has prompted me look at a corner of my garden .....

Cathy Holtom said...

Good idea for motivation and great sketch. Espresso is one of my favourite prismacolors too!

Tahirih said...

This is a really lovely sketch. I like the idea of doing a sketch at least one day a week and scheduling it. I was very actively sketching for a few months with the sketchbook project, and I loved it, but I'm trying to get a body of work together for a gallery exhibition right now and my time is gone! I really miss sketching, just for the joy of sketching and not for some greater purpose.

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for for visiting and your so kind comments!

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