Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Daily Journal

Dudley tucked under my arm as I sketch.
This year I purchased a lovely yearly planner by artist Jeanette Jobson. A painting graces the cover and there's one at the start of each month. The weekly pages have good sized daily spaces to record whatever you like.

I'm tired of the days sailing by without even a notation. This year I wanted to start a new leaf. Mind you, I didn't even know Jeanette was selling the planners until late January, but that didn't deter me from making one mine :) 

I love having just a bit of space to make a daily note. Sometimes, if the mood strikes, I'll sketch the dogs.

Working in my illustrated journal isn't a daily event. The pages in that journal soothe my painter's soul. I don't have time to create large works of art lately, so I keep my 'hand' active with mini journal paintings.  It truly has helped me to not have to reinvent the wheel when I do break out a canvas.  However, having a separate place to record and celebrate the day's happenings gives me comfort.  Each day is such a gift, I want to honor it in some small way.

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about the Stillman and Birn sketchbooks.  They're getting rave reviews.  Perhaps I'm headed in a direction that combines daily scratchings with my illustrated journal.  The one thing that's stopping me is the ability to scan my pages.  Hmmm... research is in order :)

The fur kids are enjoying the sun spots our new home offers. The sun comes through the sliders from about noon till four.... They don't move for anything!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Around-the-Town Sketching

Back in April, I conducted an Around-the-Town Sketching Workshop in Beaufort for Coastal Art Supply.

On the first day, we started by drawing small boxes of various sizes on a page in our sketchbooks.  Then we headed outside with just our Micron pens, pencils and sketchbooks. 

My goals for the students included learning how to sketch quickly, how to make color notes and in the end, completing their pages with color and decorative lettering.  We started filling the boxes with 30 second and 1 minute sketches.  Sometimes we splurged and stayed in one spot for 5 minutes.

After lunch we'd work in the studio and finish our morning sketches using watercolors or watercolor pencils.  Check out these results!

The second day, we approached our journal pages differently. We used multiple images to create  flowing vignettes on a single page.  I picked the subjects and taught them how to decide where to position each item on the page.
This is my demonstration page.  The first item drawn was the metal palm tree sculpture on the right side of the page. I chose that spot because of the strong design of the fronds that pointed to the left - and into the center of my page.  The second element was the umbrella with the people.  Note that the shape of the umbrella points into the center of my page.  And the people are facing right, into the page.
The third element was the cafe sign.  I made it a size to tie into what was already on my page.  The type was added back in the studio.  The page was screaming for a border.... type is perfect for that.

After lunch we hit the streets again with another page of boxes - they were a big hit and perfect for quick sketches.... and, what a flavor of Beaufort we captured!!

Here is the colorized version of my top b&w page:

If a blank journal page puts you off.... try a page of boxes.  They don't have to all be filled in the same day... perhaps one a day? They are perfect for the travel sketcher.  Or even keeping tract of your gardens growth.  The possibilities go on and on :)   Enjoy!  That's what it's all about :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day Three - 2012 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament

The shadow on the number three tee box caught my eye.  Another beautiful day on the links. We stayed here throughout day and watched all the players come through.

This is our last day at the tournament. We always watch Sunday's round on television - a much better view of the entire action :)

While I was working on this page a man came over to me and said "You know, I came here to watch golf, but I'd rather watch you paint."  Blush.....

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day Two - 2012 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament

A new location! Another favorite spot is the green of the 14th hole.  It's a par three and the views looking back at the tee box and the 13th green are one of my favorites.

This year the house past the green called to me.  Perhaps it was the red umbrella and the potted geraniums..

An all together happy day :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day One - 2012 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament

We made our way to the number six green.  The tree that sits just to the right of the green was calling my name :)  Later we moved our chairs to the number three tee box.  The stands face number two green. And, as always, the MetLife blimp graced the sky above.

And.... a funny.  Between the 1st and 9th fairways is a spot where vendors can set up tents.  It's always fun to walk through and see what's being offered.  This year RBC had a blue screen set up and you could get your picture taken.  This is a good laugh.  It looks like I'm going on safari :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

2012 RBC Heritage Pro Am

Back in early April, Rob and I made our annual trek to the Heritage Golf Tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC.  This year we celebrate new tournament sponsors.... Royal Bank of Canada and Boeing.  A lot of work was done to secure RBC and Boeing and in turn, it keeps The Heritage alive and well.  Thank you to all who made this possible!

The tag line that goes hand in hand with the tournament is "Get Your Plaid On".  I was feeling a bit rusty at journaling and decided creating a plaid page would be just the ticket.  Besides, what a great backdrop for players autographs :)

It's so relaxing to putter with paint in my journal while sitting outside enjoying beautiful weather.  Getting autographs during the Pro Am is always a treat.  The players, for the most part, are very giving.  We chose our favorite area of the golf course to park ourselves... the intersection of holes two, three, six and seven.  I collected signatures at the third tee box. There were a couple of sets of grandparents with their granddaughters there.  After the pros hit their balls, two of the sweetest little girls would step right up with their hats in hand to be autographed.  Now who can refuse a little girl???  I stood just after them and had good success with the players I wanted to adorn my journal page :)

One last signature to go and I had to wait a bit for it.  This page is entitled 'Waiting for Paddy' - Padraig Harrington didn't pass our way until 4 pm.  Well worth the wait.... he such a leprechaun :)

This is the view of the number two green and looking back up the fairway from our seat at the 3rd tee box.

Three more day's sketches to come....