Thursday, April 1, 2010

Plein air painting and sketching

Refuge
9 x 12, Bristol Vellum



Yesterday I got out for the quick plein air study you see above. That dynamic sky opened up with hail just as I finished packing up and putting the top up on the car. Timing is everything on some days!

Today I had the fun of sketching with the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters. After our meeting, seven of us stepped outside the door to the Bread and Ink Cafe and sketched the storefront across the street. Red Light Clothing Exchange always has interesting displays. Today it was all about red! I loved the red dress with the feather boa neckline and red velvet coat in the window! You can see the sketches from our group on our new blog "Behind the Scenes." I hope you pop over there and look!

I also got to try out some new sketching supplies! I used pen, Faber Castell watercolor pencils, and my new-fangled water brush. The brush (with the purple toned body in the photo below) has a water reservoir and by gently squeezing it, water comes to the brush and allows me to add water to the pencils marks to make them wash and flow.


sketching supplies

watercolor pencil and ink

4 comments:

Jan Yates, SCA said...

lovelove LOVE 'refuge'..

Blu said...

Very nice blog, love your art.

Celeste Bergin said...

that was so much fun (sketching on Hawthorne) could have done without the cold and the Garbage Truck--but the upside was painting those red items. Great sketch..I heard you talking to the new person too--you are a wonderful ambassador! Refuge is a truly lovely painting.

Cortni said...

I want to go to that "Refuge"! Beautiful, peaceful, wonderfully empty.