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11-19-2000, 05:47 PM
I promised Grace a glance at my Sketchbook. These are part pages from my first visit to the USA in 1997. (severely compressed)




The autumn colours really amazed me. Everything I saw was somehow different to what we know in the UK, and I sketched with a ball pen in the back of the car whilst being driven by my nephew from Detroit to Mackinac City. Now I know what you mean by Fall colours.


11-19-2000, 09:32 PM
I scheduled a vacation once just for the purpose of seeing the fall leaves and headed North. For some reason the show was late and I missed it! There is little fall color were I live also - leaves just fall off and are immediately replaced by new growth, this happens in early spring. It’s green here, all year.

Nice sketches, Yorky. Did you do any paintings from them when you returned home?

11-20-2000, 03:16 AM
I did try a couple of Michigan farm scenes, but they didn't work for me. The tree sketches I use for reference and they have been used many times since. No, the sketches really are my idea of holiday snaps. This visit was early October, and the fall colours were just starting, but more pronounced in the north of Michigan. I'll post a few more sketches from time to time to show you what I mean.

11-20-2000, 06:39 AM

These sketches are very charming! As a native of Michigan, it's nice to see the state from another's perspective. It really is a very beautiful state.


11-20-2000, 08:22 AM
Yorky, here’s a thought! Since you enjoy sketching so much, maybe instead of creating a traditional painting of the landscapes, you should try doing a collage or a composite with your sketches. Cindy is so right; your sketches are very charming and are appealing all by themselves. I wouldn’t cut up your sketchbooks though! Maybe reproduce some of your favorite bits and pieces of a time and place then combine them into one piece which you could frame and hang on the wall as an “always visible” sketch book! Anyway I’m looking forward to seeing more of your sketches - Grace

11-20-2000, 11:57 AM
Thanks Cindy, thanks Grace, the sketches are nothing special but they do imprint the scene on one's memory. I'd love to explore north Michigan more, perhaps I'll hire a car myself one day. I visited Petosky and found it fascinating. Here are two full pages from my sketchbook, you'll see I just jot down anything that catches my eye. Sorry the files are a little larger.
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11-20-2000, 05:42 PM

Thanks for sharing these pages of your sketch book with us. I have found it really interesting.

IMO a sketch book should be a collection of reference images, like a dictionary is used for words, a sketch book can be used for paintings, and you certainly have that here.

It would be interesting to see more of yours and other artists.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Best wishes,

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

PS Welcome to WetCanvas, it's nice to see another UK face here

12-04-2000, 08:57 AM
I really like the trees that you have sketched http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

12-04-2000, 10:50 AM
Thanks, Animal for the comment,

When I retired and took up w/c I decided to concentrate on the picture elements that I would like most to paint. I started with trees, first wet in wet, then dry brush. Then I went on to try various sky studies and mountain scenes and finally people in the landscape. I even tried portraits from photgraphs. I thought the structured approach to learning would be best and I am sure it is working for me.

I read somewhere that "Painting is both an art and a craft. The craft you can learn, the art has to come naturally". At the moment I am going through the craft stage - I find that I can make a fair copy of other artists work but my originals are not so good.


01-21-2001, 05:33 AM
Originally posted by Yorky:
October, and the fall colours were just starting,
I was in Texas from Sept to Dec 1997 and the autumn leaves were soooooooooo beautiful. I did manage to take some photos. You sketches are fab http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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01-21-2001, 06:52 AM
Hi TeAnne,
Thanks for the comment, I do think that plein aire sketching is an art on its own and I have resolved to buy a better quality sketchbook next time so the sketches will be for keeps, although cheap paper and a ballpoint pen can be very un-inhibiting.