~ In landscape painting the thing that is of importance to artistic expression is the "landscape sense," a sense that makes us feel the weight of the mountain, feel the float of a cloud, feel the rhythmic read of a tree, the hardness of a stone. If we do not feel these things about a landscape,
we miss one
of its biggest qualities.
~ ~ ~John F. Carlson
For my sketches this week I chose to share a couple of tubes of paint I had sketched.
This is a tube of Gamblin Titanium White.
The sketch above is of a Rembrandt tube of paint.
I didn't write down the color but I'm guessing its Permanent Red Medium.
Its always fun to try and sketch the dents and twists of a used paint tube.
If you haven't tried sketching older paint tubes them give it a try. I find I
really need to concentrate on just what I am seeing.
This is a piece of sandstone rock I found a few years ago.
Isn't it neat the way its shaped like a cat? Isn't it amazing when you
can find things in nature that takes on the shape of something else?
On another note: I've been busy finishing a commission and now I'm organizing my oil painting photos into jpg's and tiff's in different sizes so they will be ready when I need to print or share on the internet. Even though I haven't been oil painting a long time this has proved to be a much larger project than I expected.
As soon as I finish this project I want to revisit some of my oils that I think need just a little more work to become better paintings. I usually paint something then as time goes by I think "this is a nice start but it needs to be finished. " I want to finish some older work.
This is probably because when I'm inside I am more likely to have a sketchbook nearby and I can easily find something to sketch that is close at hand.
Most of the landscapes and waterscape sketches in my sketchbooks are from when we are off boating or camping. I don't seem to have many from outside around my home. Maybe I'll concentrate on doing more local outdoor sketching during the next few months. What about you?
Sketch from Anette Bay, southern gulf islands, Canada
Do you sketch landscapes scenes from near your home or do you sketch when off on vacation mostly?
This time of year the sun doesn't always shine here in the Pacific Northwest. But, when I come into the room and sunlight is making shadows on the wall in May it always makes me smile.
This last sketch was just an experiment and it failed miserably. I didn't like it at all. The colors make it cold, and uninviting.
If I were to re-sketch this I would leave out the lavender, a light shadow I thought. Also I'd leave out most of the yellow that was emphasizing light and maybe concentrate my color mostly on the rug and maybe a pillow ... or maybe one of the vases along side the couch.
If you give this a try in your sketchbooks I think it may be wise to be selective with the colors you use as well as the amount of items you color.
Even with an occasional mistake its still fun once in awhile to add just a touch of color here and there. Go ahead, give it a try.
This last week-end, April 27th, I was fortunate to see two exciting Seattle museum exhibitions. The Seattle Art Museum was showing works of Gainsborough, Hals Reynolds, Romney, Turner, Van Dyke & Rembrandt, and The Frye Museum was showing works of Nicolai Fechin . You can read more about Nicolai Fechin here on Matthew D. Innis very informative blog "Underpaintings.
All the work was amazing but at the Seattle Art Museum I was most amazed at all of the Rembrandt etchings on display. It was impressive to see so many at one time.
At the Frye Museum they are showing 55 paintings and drawings of Nicolai Fechin. His work is also awe inspiring. He used thick paint with purposefully placed brush strokes. If you get an opportunity to see his work do not hesitate.
I felt so fortunate to be able to see all this great work and to see it all in one week-end was amazing.
Two sketchbook pages done in the same style where I have added a lot of words to the sketch.
On the top sketch I've written about how little I produce, what I wish I would have done to this sketch, and also what the weather was for the day.
In this sketch I wrote about my thoughts of how I would like to paint this scene ... also what this sketch was all about, and how I would sketch it next time.
There seems to be no consistency with my sketchbooks. Sometimes when I look back through my sketchbooks and I see how different each page can be and it drives me nuts that there is so much variety in the way I use my sketchbooks ... but, it doesn't seem to make any difference, I keep doing each page different. How about you? do you work in your sketchbooks in a regular method?
If you've been following my blog for awhile you may remember that I felt it was time I went back to the basics. A refresher course, so to speak. Along with my own study and reading up on the basics I also signed up for an on-line class that Elizabeth Floyd was offering awhile back on Mastering Painting Fundamentals. Elizabeth made the 4 week class such an enjoyable way to refresh the basics. She has made me realize more than anything that I need to pay attention to my work and take the time to 'see'. A goal of mine is to become more proficient as an artist and this class has reiterated that goal. Make sure and check out all the classes she is offering.
While trying to decide which sketchbook to use next I realized I had a few sketchbooks that had some, but not many, blank pages in them. So, before I start on yet another sketchbook I'm going to finish filling in those blank pages .....
In looking through those sketchbooks I noticed I had done similar sketches of my kitchen area, a year apart, both using my Lamy fountain pen.
One was in January 2009......
and the other was in February 2010. Do you every find that you are sketching the same thing frequently? I sketch my husband, my coffee mug and evidently my kitchen most often *grin.