~ 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
Both of the above sketches are from the same sketchbook. I started this sketchbook looking pretty clean and neat. A little more "proper" if you will ... it didn't end up like that though. This sketchbook wasn't suppose to be used with watercolor, the pages wrinkled but I found if I didn't over saturate the paper it was acceptable. This one was dated: March 20th, 1996.
These two sketches came out of one of my spiral sketchbooks. The first one was a vase of flowers I had seen in a magazine. I didn't note that, but I remember the scene and how pretty the vase was. The next was a contour drawing of a daffodil.
Flowers must have been on my mind a lot more than I realized. I don't see a date on these, but it was from one of my earlier sketchbooks. I think I was trying out different 'loose' styles with watercolor.
There are times when I pick a subject like an iris from the yard and attempt to sketch it on different days. Both of these were painted / sketched in a very loose manor. Very whimsical and fun looking I think. Dated 4/06/01 on the left & 4/07/01 on the right.
There are plenty more flower in my sketchbooks but this is enough for now.