“DON’T SKETCH OUT OF YOUR IMAGINATION”, he said.
I often use my Alpha sketchbook to make notes of what I’m learning, where I’m stuck and will often jot down things that the painters and sketchers whom I respect offer as useful direction.
Steve Mitchell from the YouTube channel, The Mind of Watercolour gave some advise about how to improve. When he said “Don’t sketch out of your imagination.”, I wrote it down because I see so many sketchers doing just that. Steve suggested we gather resources and select among them to put together our composition.
So of course I had to learn that for myself, and thus the mess above! The house and hills were more from memory of the landscape surrounding my town but the tree was straight out of my head. I can only apologize.
ALONG A SIDE ROAD
I’m still wanting to keep it loose so that I’ll be inclined to play more with colour, although I must say I really want to sketch more realistically.
TREE ON THE SOUTH LAWN
This wonderful old tree stands next to a grand fir. I focused on just this tree since it’s canopy was still so full and bark so warm in late October.
RENE LE CHATEAU
This is from a photo from a time when i led pilgrimages to France and Greece. I am really pleased with this pen and wash rendering because I finally got perspective and even managed a little shading!
THE HOUSE ACROSS THE ROAD
The house is large and visually complex, and truthfully the tree interests me more. I used the house here just as a frame for the tree.
LUNCH AT WILLIAM’S CAFE
There are only a few pages left in this sketchbook which has become a comfortable place to live and play. Naturally I’ve been thinking about my next sketchbook and this leads to questions about what my needs are as a novice watercolour sketcher – questions about paper quality, ease of use, best opportunity for learning, and so on.
Avoid and maintain, I always say! So off I went to William’s for lunch with a mystery novel and my sweet Alpha in tow.