View Full Version : You inspired me to start a Journal everyone....thanks

11-13-2012, 04:14 AM
I found this site by accident and now I am addicted to all of the many members unique styles and passions.
I never thought I would keep a small watercolor journal because I thought it would be a waste of time and take time away from painting larger paintings that I could possibly sell. But you have all inspired me to give it a try and I have found it just the opposite. I allow myself to be free without worry to make mistakes which makes me feel liberated. I have had so much fun. I have learned new ideas from many people here and just want to say thank you for you talents and ART ON!!!!!!
Below are a few sketches that I spent about 30 mins each on. they are about 3x5 with grumbacher paints. Thank you so much for taking the time to look. C and C's always welcome http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2012/1144999-IMG_1405.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2012/1144999-IMG_1414.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2012/1144999-IMG_1404.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2012/1144999-IMG_1399.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2012/1144999-IMG_1396.JPG

11-13-2012, 04:23 AM
A great start and a wonderful style :clap:


11-13-2012, 04:43 AM
Thanks Doug. I have been looking at your paintings a lot. I am jealous that you live in Europe and I am a bit of an anglophile. Your paintings are marvelous and I like your biography. I hope I can do what you did as I work in the Sciences now and was a scientist in Yellowstone National Park for awhile which was a great place for inspiration. I grew up in Montana and was surrounded by beauty yet the grass is always greener on the the other side of the pond (in my case anyway).
I really appreciate your comments as well. You really encourage people and I really think that is great. therefore thank you for all the kudos you give to people

11-13-2012, 04:50 AM
Likewise I am so jealous that you have access to the Rockies, I love mountains and treasure the memories of my visit to the Glacier National Park.

If you have any photos you would like to share with members, post them in the Reference Image Library.


11-13-2012, 12:32 PM
Welcome to our forum. Nicely done!

11-13-2012, 12:44 PM
:wave: Welcome! Beautiful little paintings, and very nice notations for each. You will enjoy looking back thru these over the years as a compact, yet beautiful, collection of memories and inspirations. Artist's journals are fun and liberating. aren't they? Just a different fun art form than large studio works. My own first small watercolor sketchbook page was done in a moving car (passenger side:lol:) so you can't do that with a studio size setup! Please continue to post!!!:thumbsup:

11-13-2012, 01:46 PM
Lovely images, I especially like the inkless pages.

11-13-2012, 06:43 PM
Welcome to our corner of WC. These are delightful journal pages. So glad you decided to give it a go. More please. :)

11-13-2012, 10:10 PM
Today's sketch. it is 4.5 x 6.5 inches... not a lot detail as it is small but I had a lot of fun

11-14-2012, 12:40 AM
Do you use a tape to keep your outlines so straight? What kind do you use that it (1)works, and (2) comes off again?

11-14-2012, 02:59 AM
Beautiful stag. What kind of sketch book are you using?


Joan T
11-14-2012, 01:34 PM
These are just great!!! I'm so glad you found us and are joining in. I had to scroll back up to see where you were from with such great scenery and creatures.

Deborah Secor
11-14-2012, 03:15 PM
Wow, these are terrific! You've done so many in a short time. I can tell you're enjoying it. :D I understand, as I've found the fun and freedom of just sketching, too, as a result of this forum. In fact, I need to get back to my sketchbook, so thanks for the inspiration.

11-14-2012, 03:44 PM
candace--- I just use regular white masking tape. it works great. quick and easy. you must wait to take the tape off until everything is dry as if you don't the paper can rip off the first layer of paper taking some of your hard work with it. I like you cannot wait until I can look back at my journals and remember how I was feeling and places I have been. they become way more precious than the many photos we take. But when do finally get to look back it will only reinforce that my time on earth is waning and that we are only here for a short time. It causes me to want to do and learn all I can while I am here in this probationary time
Doug- I use a pentalic and it seems to work great. the signatures are such that it will lay flat when open so you can do nice panoramic paintings. I got it at the University of Idaho awhile ago and it comes with a small paintbrush encased in a chrome case. for $14.99 a good buy I thought. But I went back for another one and they do not have them anymore. I was told that pentalic put them out as promotional items. It seems to be good paper I think 140 lb cold press which is what I like.
Do you have any suggestions for others that would be able to take its place. I would really like to find a rustic leather envelope journal as I like feeling connected to the past and my western heroes such as Lewis and Clark and the like.
I am also embarrassed to ask this because when I worked in Yellowstone many foreigners would ask me questions like the one I am about to and I found them so out of touch, but do you have elk in England or is an Elk to me a stag to you? Also I was asked on a daily basis from many people from England, "when do elk turn into moose?" I found this odd and wondered if I took it for granted that because I grew up on a ranch and was a Scientist that cows would not turn into horses, for example. Or I surmised that maybe what we call an elk people in Europe call an elk, and simply thought that at a certain age they are no longer called an elk but a moose. Forgive my ignorance and have a wonderful day.
Deborah- thank you so much. For the first time in a long time I feel free and not constrained by the rules that were impressed upon me by my mentors. I can do whatever I want as it is for me and know one else. I am just sad that it took me so long to figure that out. I always felt I could not allow myself to be free until I could put the body together perfectly, only then could I begin to take it apart, as an example. Like Picasso, I always respected him because he could paint and draw beautifully but only after I feel, he mastered whatever rules he had for himself and then he could begin to break free and create magic and allow himself and us, the viewer, to see the world in a different way.
Ok so that was mushy I know but I hope you get my point. I hope you have fun and continue to be inspired by all the wonderful artists on here and in the world. And ART ON!!!!!

11-14-2012, 03:56 PM
No Elk, Toby, but we have Red Deer and some smaller species. They are mostly in the Highlands of Scotland where hunting is a lucrative source of income for the locals. There are larger species including Reindeer in other parts of Europe.

I know what you mean about the sketchbook. When you find a good one you feel like buying a few in case they cease production.


11-14-2012, 05:41 PM
Small and detailed enough. It's a beautiful elk.

11-15-2012, 06:13 PM
Oh, please, please, someone do try a painting of an elk turning into a moose!! :)

Wonderful little journal you have going there, Toby! You get a ton of details in, I'm very impressed! Hope to see more!

11-15-2012, 08:55 PM
I have several of the sketchbooks you are using. I ordered them from Dick Blick, if you wait till the holidays are over they will even be on sale.

11-16-2012, 12:49 AM
Today's Sketch. 4.5 x 7.5 It really makes me miss working for the National Park Service in Yellowstone It is such a wonderful place and if you think the story about the elk/ moose is funny I have some even better ones. I will have to tell some once and awhile. I have not decided if I like it yet. It is from a painting of one my friends Kyle Sims' who is a wonderful and gifted artist. you should check his stuff out.

Margo- Oh great. I will do that. thanks for the info they are great sketchbooks.

Dragoon- that would actually be a great idea. I could give some prints to my old co-workers who still work for the National Park Service So they could pull them out and show them to tons of people who ask that question on a daily basis.

11-16-2012, 09:39 AM
Love your journal - so neat and organized. Love the colors and the wildlife that you capture.

11-16-2012, 10:31 AM
love your your journal so far, your making a little treasure. Particularly like the latest addition with the buffaloes...

Joan T
11-16-2012, 12:33 PM
Awesome sketch of the buffalo! Working at the park must have been a wonderful experience.

11-16-2012, 06:07 PM
Wonderful buffalo. Great detail on a small sketch/painting.

11-18-2012, 02:18 PM
I absolutely adore your style. The bison are amazing and really impressive against the blue sky.

11-18-2012, 11:40 PM
Thanks for sharing, I really enjoy your journal pages and style.

11-19-2012, 11:45 AM
when do the buffaloes turn into cows?

11-20-2012, 01:04 AM
Today's sketch. 11-19-12 A young yearling calf elk. It seems whenever I go hunting in the Belt Mountains of Montana that is all I run into. Ah the luck...

Candace they turn into cows at about the age of 6 lol.
Hope you like. Thanks all for your inspiring comments, Toby

11-20-2012, 01:53 PM
This is a wonderful collection of sketches from an amazing part of the country. Good work, and looking for more!

Joan T
11-20-2012, 02:56 PM
Love the solid looking body!!! Nicely done!

11-20-2012, 07:30 PM
Beautiful rendering of the yearling calf elk.

11-21-2012, 01:38 AM
Today's quick sketch... I think it is awful but feel it is important to not only post my successes (or at least what I consider a success) but also my failures, even if it is an EPIC failure. I have learned so much from doing these little paintings that I can in some way classify even my failures as glorious successes....
Thanks for looking , for all your wonderful comments, and ART ON everyone!!!!!


11-21-2012, 02:17 AM
Beautiful work! It's great to do armchair exploring with you as the illustrator.
Happy creating,

11-21-2012, 04:38 PM
I don't think it's a failure. There may be things you want to do differently next time. But, that's part of the reason for having a sketchbook/journal. It's a place you can safely play and learn things as well as recording inspiration and thoughts. Well done.

Joan T
11-23-2012, 12:14 PM
You have such awesome textures in your work. Great job on this last one!

11-30-2012, 01:43 AM
Welcome to the forum! Absolutely lovely sketches! I'm glad you started...

I have the answer to your question about the elk and moose... it is something many people in Europe get wrong, and it has to do with the translation of the animals name into english that has caused the whole 'elk into moose' idea ;-)

In northen europe,especially in Scandinavia and Finland the moose is numerous. It looks exactly the same as the moose in the US, but is a little bit smaller. In swedish it is called Älg, and in danish and norse Elg. I think that thats is why so many translate this into Elk, and is therefore often called the European Elk instead of Moose. We do not have the US Elk in Europe. We do have the Red deer, and the white-tailed deer. The red deer is the one most look-a-like to the Elk, although much smaller. I always try and correct people who talks about the Moose as Elk in trying to point out that Elk is a totally different animal... :lol: I hope this was helpful!

11-30-2012, 03:44 AM
more lovely sketches, and I don't think the horse is a failure, it has stregth and mood, and as you say, anything that teaches us to get where we ant to go is a sucess. Love the little elk tho :)

12-01-2012, 09:50 PM
Jenny- Thank you that explains a lot.

Scatty- thank you I appreciate your comment I love your work as well

12-02-2012, 06:20 AM

12-02-2012, 10:00 AM
I think the horse is lovely. . . great color and background as well.

12-02-2012, 10:47 AM
A helpful perspective for art - especially for journals and sketchbooks - is that there are no failures, only learning experiences. Your horse is fine!

12-02-2012, 02:17 PM
Love this sketchbook, I am amazed how much detail you capture in these 30 minute paintings. Bravo!!

01-02-2013, 07:03 PM
Wonderful watercolors :)

04-29-2013, 04:48 AM
I have failed to post things to this journal for a couple months but I have still been painting and sketching. I have decided to post my sketches here as well, along with any watercolors I will do. I hope you will enjoy the works.
The sketch is aprox 11x14 and i'm happy with the results.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2013/1144999-2013-04-04_20.02.17-1-1.jpg

04-29-2013, 12:20 PM
Great sketches and paintings :)

04-29-2013, 04:09 PM
Very atmospheric sketch. Lovely.

04-29-2013, 11:53 PM
Thanks all. Here is todays quick pen and ink sketch and again it is about 11x14http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2013/1144999-2013-04-27_00.12.51-1-1.jpg

04-30-2013, 03:21 PM
Marvelous sketch.

05-01-2013, 12:50 AM
Todays sketch. It is actually a self portrait but s bad one but I still thought it would be fun to share. Thanks for looking. Again 11x14http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2013/1144999-2013-04-11_00.21.35-1.jpg

05-01-2013, 01:47 AM
This one turned out tonight too so I thought I would put it up. It too is 11x14http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2013/1144999-2013-04-30_22.24.18-1.jpg

05-01-2013, 02:36 PM
You have very high standards. I think the self portrait looks great. And I love the bears.

05-01-2013, 11:18 PM
Thanks drdebby. but no matter what I do I never seem to be happy with it but you as a fellow artist can probably understand that. Tonights sketch is a study of a Z S Lang painting 11x14 pencil that for some reason I actually likehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2013/1144999-2013-04-02_23.24.51-1-1.jpg

05-02-2013, 02:06 PM
Always striving for better is the way...that said I'm enjoying what you are doing now, I've never done a self portrait on horseback, kudos to you!

05-02-2013, 03:04 PM
Marvelous sketch.

05-02-2013, 10:23 PM
Thanks Margo I really try. And I've never heard marvelous to describe my work before Debby thank you. Tonights sketch is an 11x14 study if a Charlie Russell pen and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2013/1144999-2013-04-22_23.06.55-1-1.jpg

05-03-2013, 02:54 PM
Very cool pen & ink.

05-04-2013, 01:18 AM
Thanks Debby. Tonight sketch pen and ink. I think I made the background too dark oh well.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-03_18.25.09-1.jpg

05-04-2013, 02:48 PM
But the moose looks great.

05-05-2013, 12:52 AM
Yes I still like it to tho Debhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-04_11.20.48-1.jpg by thanks. Tonights sketch pen and ink

J. Falk
05-05-2013, 07:42 AM
Your work is very impressive!

05-05-2013, 03:27 PM
Great fox sketch.

05-05-2013, 11:51 PM
Thanks Juan and Debby I've really been working hard and am trying to get into the university of Idahos masters in fine arts program so let's hope. Tonights sketch is a study of one of my heroes Carl Rungius but I don't know if I even do his work justice.but I tryhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-05_00.37.03-1.jpg

05-06-2013, 03:14 PM
Good luck with your application. Idaho has wonderful opportunities for wildlife sketching. (I know because I live in Idaho. :lol:) The grizzly sketch is super.

05-06-2013, 03:20 PM
Oh cool Debby I live in Idaho too in Moscow actually. Its not too bad but I miss my Montana home. Where do you live in Idaho?

05-06-2013, 11:35 PM
Tonights sketch 11x14 my dauhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2013/1144999-2013-04-09_00.17.23-1.jpg ghter on her favorite horse

05-07-2013, 03:34 PM
Your daughter looks lovely.

Oh, the Grangeville area. We get up to Moscow once in a great while. I love to shop the Coop, but it's so expensive on top of traveling so far.

05-08-2013, 12:33 AM
Cool Debby i'm in Grangeville quite a lot. tonight sketch 11x14 pen and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-06_22.43.26-1.jpg

05-08-2013, 03:23 PM
Oh, isn't he a handsome fellow! Good job.

05-09-2013, 12:44 AM
Thanks Debby. tonight sketch 11 by 14 Carl rungius study pen and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-07_23.36.19-1.jpg

05-09-2013, 03:00 PM
I've not seen one of those in person, only pictures. Super sketch.

05-09-2013, 11:59 PM
Really Debby I would think you would have seen some living in Idaho like you do. I used to be really lucky because I used to be a scientist and worked as a ranger in Yellowstone national park and saw lots of them plus got lots of great reference material of wildlife while living in the park. I really wish I could be back there. Tonights sketch big horn sheep 11x14 pen and ink sepia tone.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-09_00.07.29-1.jpg

05-10-2013, 02:47 PM
The moose don't show themselves very often. I know guys that get the rare moose hunting tag and never see one either.

Must have been fabulous to be a ranger at Yellowstone.

Great sketch of the big horn sheep.

05-11-2013, 02:21 AM
Thanks Debby. It was amazing to live and work there and boy do i have some stories that would blow your mind it was a great time in my life.tonights sketch 11x14 sepia pen and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-09_23.25.16-1.jpg

05-11-2013, 03:17 PM
Looking at these wonderful sketches, I have no doubt you'll get into that Master's program you want.

05-13-2013, 03:49 AM
Thanks Debby that means a lot to me. I hope you're right. I hope everybody had a good mothers day yesterday. tonights sketch 11x 14 pen and ihttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-12_23.23.44-1.jpg nk sepia tone.

05-13-2013, 02:50 PM
Great sketch of big horn sheep.

05-13-2013, 05:59 PM
tonight sketch 11x14 pen and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-06_22.43.26-1.jpg

Such a majestic beast!

05-15-2013, 01:38 AM
Thanks Debby thanks eyepaint. Tonights sketch 11x14 pen andhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2013/1144999-2013-05-14_22.24.14-1.jpg ink sepia tone

05-15-2013, 02:08 PM
Cute couple. :heart: