Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Art of a Sketchbook

Some times when I have an idea for a painting I will go to my sketchbook and try to work it out there before I go to all the trouble of sketching it on (watercolor)  paper.  It's a great place to figure out whats working and what isn't.
Backyard Visitor, watercolor and ink-Sketchbook, © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom

Once you have your sketch down its easier to be able to tell your strong points and weak points in your composition.

I wasn't particularly fond of the cyclone fence in the above sketch so I went to the back yard with a chair and sketched the neighbors fence until I felt I was finally getting it.

Cyclone fence study, watercolor and ink-Sketchbook, © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom

Do you work out your painting ideas in your sketchbook?

1 comment:

  1. Love your sketchbook stories! I don't know that i would have gone to sit and sketch my neighbor's fence..but what a great exercise!