Thursday, February 21, 2013

Correcting Lettering Mistakes

A lot of times I'll wait until I get home before adding lettering to a journal page. Mainly because of time and comfort. But on this particular day, I felt quite comfy perched on my camp stool and the 8.5 x 11 journal page in my Stillman and Birn Alpha hardbound journal was such a dream to work on.

However, on the way home, I began to wonder if this really was Harbour Town's Liberty Oak. There were two very large oaks in the heart of Harbour Town.  The magnificence of this tree, with it's sprawling low lying branches surely struck me as the one to bear this name...... Not!

Long ago, a skilled calligrapher taught me how to correct mistakes... Tip: correct your mistake before you lift any unwanted lettering.  Huh? Yes, write over the lettering on the page, then white out or lift off what you don't want.
That way the stroke of the corrected lettering will be smooth and you won't have to contend with the often bumpy texture left by white out or white ink.  I used a Signo Uniball broad tip white pen, available from JetPens.com.

I decided to turn Liberty Oak into Live Oak.  The RTY of Liberty would be taken out.  A good size space would be left between the two words.  I decided to put the tree's Latin name between Live and Oak.... a quirky fix, but it worked for me :)

Since this is a journal page and not a piece of calligraphic art, I was willing to live with a bumpy surface to write the smaller replacement text on.






Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bald Cypress

In the middle of the town of Port Royal, SC, there is a treasure... The Cypress Wetland Park.  Over the years, the town recognized the value of this wetland and have worked hard to preserve it.  Last year they completed a boardwalk that skirts the edge of the wetland.  In the middle is an island rookery. Along the east and south sides are stands of Bald Cypress, dancing ladies that grace the wetland with their hoop skirts.... at least that's what they remind me of, especially when the trunks have water around them :)

Here is a short video that the town made during the final building stages...
In a month or so, the rookery will be a hopping place.  I hope to find myself back here, capturing all facets of breeding season.

The above journal pages are in a Stillman and Birn 8.5 x 5.5 Alpha Series hardbound journal. The tree on the right and the Spanish Moss were painted with a large round Pentel waterbrush.  I find that if I load the brush with pigment, then touch the brush to a Bounty paper towel to get excess moisture off, I can achieve a dry brush effect.  The pen sketching was done with a sepia colored 005 Micron pen.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Workshop Demo Pages

Here are two journal pages I created during a couple of workshops, as demonstrations for students.  The left was sketched with a black 02 Micron pen. The right was sketched en plein air using an 005 Sepia Micron pen, then painted with watercolors using a waterbrush.  The assignment here was for students to sketch what they saw at ground level, eye level and then up to the sky.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Biking and Sketching in Sea Pines

It was a beauty of a day in the low country.  Rob and I took our bikes into Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island.

Sea Pines is a large resort and residential plantation at the south end of the island.  Charles Fraser, a real estate developer, transformed HHI with the creation of Sea Pines, turning the sparsely populated barrier island into a world class destination resort.

There are bike trails galore to explore.  We parked at the Sea Pines Club and then cycled a trail that winds through Heron Point Golf Course and made our way to the Forest Preserve.

One of our favorite places in the preserve is Lake Mary.  An Anhinga was perched on a dead limb very near the shore where we stopped.  It was busy preening and made a perfect model for quick sketching.  I started with a Pentel Brush Pen and finished up with a Micron.

We headed for Harbour Town, the home of the PGA's Heritage Golf Tournament that's held in April.  This area of Sea Pines is always full of life.  Luckily, this time of year, it wasn't at all congested.  We were able to ride our bikes right up under the huge oaks near the harbor. 

One tree's limb was almost touching the ground and it really caught my eye.  I thought it was part of the Liberty Oak but not.... I will have to amend this page somehow....

Rob's surprise: a photograph of me in the midst of painting this page :)
I've new equipment for my PaintCycle... Two saddle bags to carry art supplies and camp stools. I  truly have a portable studio working :)  One happy camper here!!




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sketching and Biking at Palmetto Bluff

Oooo, the BeeCycle has been getting a workout.  We went over to Palmetto Bluff to bike the trails.  This is one of the scenes along the five mile drive into the village.

On this trip I carried my 8.5x11 Stillman and Birn Alpha journal in my basket.  I love sketching with a Micron pen on this paper. I took a reference photo so I could add color at a later time. 

The day finally arrived :)
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sketching Practice with iPad


 I'm so enjoying honing my sketching skills on the iPad using Paper by 53 app.

I'm just scratching the surface with what this app can do.  Check out artist David Rankin's work here .

Next stop.... in the field!