Monday, November 24, 2014

A Mini Urban Sketching Workshop with James Richards

Urban sketching for this nature girl?  Oh yes :)  One of my goals is to add people into my sketches and I've been practicing for over a year now. 

When Kip Bradly at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA announced Jim was coming to town to give a three hour workshop, I jumped at the chance to study with him.
 
Jim has a great way of explaining how to sketch people.  His new book  Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers sounds a bit complex, but after working with Jim for for just 3 hours,  I believe his easy and concise manner of reducing a complex subject into easy to understand pieces will be present in this book.

A different view on each page from Johnson Square, Savannah, GA

 Here is Jim giving a critique of my journal page done at City Square.

It was great to meet fellow sketchers that I know from online art groups!  I love the online art world :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

October Beach Day 2

It's a funny thing about going to the beach.  Once you start you can't stop :)

We were lucky to be there two Saturday's in a row. 

The top sketch was painted just after we arrived. A little later on, I photographed Grizz enjoying her walk along the water's edge.  Once we were seated back under the beach umbrella, I used the photo on my phone for  reference.  There's a challenge... try to see an image on a phone with the bright sun at the beach!

Watercolors, Stillman and Birn Alpha journal, Micron pen.

Monday, November 10, 2014

October Beach Day 1

Plein air watercolor sketch in a Stillman & Birn Beta Journal, watercolors, micron pen.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trillium Garden Project


I'm delighted to be working on a project as part of my job on Spring Island.  There is a lovely piece of property that is amazingly flush with trillium, atamasco lily, red buckeye, bloodroot, mayapple and indian pink.  The project involves me making illustrations of the plants for outdoor signage and a tri-fold brochure. 

Needless to say, my spare time is nil, so over the next few weeks, I'll be posting mostly images and very little copy. 

This post offers a peak at some of the major illustrations and their beginnings.  The mayapple started with a toads viewpoint.  I painted this plein air sitting among atamasco lilies and mayapples.... perfect day!










I started the spotted trillium plein air, but time was cut short.  The final piece was painted in the studio from photographs taken that day.  Same with the red buckeye.
                                                       



Stayed tuned for more....