Old Birch Tree

Demonstration on Aquarius II Paper in my Sketchbook

This little watercolor sketch was done in last week's journal class.  It was done to demonstrate mixing grays on the paper (the tree) and using negative spaces to pop out white objects (the daisies).

We had a perfect week for outdoor journal painting.  This week we're getting some of that Midwest heat wave. If I had a journal class, it could get a little uncomfortable being out in the heat for four afternoons.  But  -  I don't.  I just have some morning classes and that should be okay.  This morning I have nothing!  In fact the only thing on my calendar for today was "no art in the park meeting".  How often do we have a minus on our calendars?!  Of course my to-do list is pretty long for the week  -  isn't everyone's?  The first thing is to shovel out the house and hose it down. Kidding (kind of). I have art supplies on every surface, and the dust bunnies are taking over.  I am really kind of looking forward to reclaiming our space  -  a little puttering is good for the soul.  I am not even turning on any music  -  just listening to the neighborhood sounds.

The biggest problem is that when I start picking up art supplies and putting them away,  I want to stop and play with them. A few minutes couldn't hurt, could it?

What are you sketching this week?


Vicki Holdwick said...

This is a lovely little wc sketch. I so want to be able to do this, but still find I work everything to death.

This is nice and fresh; I will keep trying to emulate this style.


Marj said...

Vicki, there are a quite a few of us that have that disease..."we work everything to death...." I constantly have to think about leaving it alone! We keep trying

Sand Hill Art said...

My pal Julie and I will be "up there" attending the Robert Burridge workshop in T/C. I am SO-O-O excited.

Helen Sturgeon said...

Love your loose sketches!
I think I need dog obedience training... "Leave it!" I piddle my paintings to death!!! Thanks for your inspiration!!!

Catherine said...

Thanks Vicki. I don't enjoy doing detail, so it's easy for me to leave it out.

Marj, maybe you and Vicki could try using a larger brush and setting a time limit.

Sally - we used to live in TC and I took a few workshops there. It was very convenient, but it is fun to get away from home for a workshop. Have fun!

Helen - Maybe someone should invent a timer for artists that shouts out "Stop NOW!"

ann said...

Took a watercolor journaling class in Tucson; we used a 4X6 spiral pad and were allowed only 20 min. per painting - now, that was interesting!

This week I did a sketch of the beautiful rock formations in Zion National Park - breathtaking! (the rock formations, not my sketch)

I'm finding that every sketch of mine looks just like the last one - colorwise.

I continue to enjoy your blog!

Catherine said...

Ann - Sometimes I have my students do two minute paintings, two inches square. They are always pleased and surprised.

Twenty minutes sounds like a good length of time to get a pretty nice little painting finished. I am going to start paying more attention to the clock. Thanks.