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MartinaL
01-06-2013, 07:55 AM
I love painting landscapes in pastel and watercolour, but I need much more practice in drawing other things.
My husband gave me some Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks for Christmas and I started my first Art Journal.
I will try to draw a lot of things from my live, even if they turn out not very well, maybe this will help improving my drawing and painting skills.

Showing you some journal pages maybe will help me keep going.
Advice, comments and critic is always welcome :wave:


I use a Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook, Pigma Microns, Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor and some Derwent Inktense Pencils.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/228483-silvester12.jpg

Happy new year!


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/228483-03.01.13.gr.jpg

a lot of rain and mud in Germany, so I need my rubber boots to walk the dogs.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/228483-teezeitgr.jpg

I love tea! And I really like this thermo glass (first glass I have ever painted :eek: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/228483-13.1.13.gr.jpg

It is raining again... staying inside and reading ebooks while watching the raindrops on the window

RainySea
01-06-2013, 10:12 AM
Hello Martina,

Those are great pages. . . I love your layouts. I need to work more on that aspect of my own journals as I tend to just draw and plop a word or two! Yours are pulled together so nicely. Love the page with the doggie prints and the one with the rainy window.

BTW, what size is your Alpha book?

DrDebby
01-06-2013, 12:24 PM
Welcome to Art Journals. These are fabulous pages. S&B sketchbooks are really wonderful to work in. I love mine.

friesin
01-06-2013, 12:25 PM
good idea and great sketches, especially the boots and the tea bag!

Das Thermo Glas würde mich interessieren ;)

jacquip
01-06-2013, 05:47 PM
How exciting to start a first art journal. Look forward to lots of fun. You have some great pages here already. They all look so neat and organised. Love the dog walking page, nice job on the glass and great rain drops on the window.

JennyMK
01-06-2013, 11:13 PM
I have to agre with all the above, great pages, and a great start on an art journal!

sketchbookbinder
01-07-2013, 12:05 AM
Hallo Martina, Vielen Dank für Ihre schöne Zeichnungen. Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Spass und Erfolg mit Ihrem Alpha Serie Skizzenbuch und freuen uns darauf, mehr von Ihrer Beispiele hier zusehen.

Hi Rainy Sea, :wave: I believe Martina is using an A4 (8.25" x 11.75") size which we manufacture primarily for export. There are a few U.S. outlets that do carry this size.

MartinaL
01-07-2013, 04:07 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments :)

RainySea: my Alpha Sketchbook is 5 x 8 in.
friesin: You should really try thermo glasses, they are perfect!
sketchbookbinder: I love my Alpha Sketchbook! unfortunately it is very difficult to find a dealer in germany where you can buy the S&B Sketchbooks

So here is my next journal entry:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/228483-07.01.13gr.jpg

No, this is not chicken soup :wink2: It is potato soup with lentils. The hen is one of our four hens, her name is "Bommel" and she is really cute with her face-feathers. I found the first egg since autumn this morning, but it is not as crooked as the one I have painted :wink2:

MartinaL
01-08-2013, 12:58 PM
Today I had very tasty chocolate for coffee time. I had to sketch it (after the sketch was done, I ate all).
I think I absolutely have to learn how to draw a coffee mug :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2013/228483-schokokaffeegr.jpg

jacquip
01-08-2013, 05:47 PM
Martina that chicken is just too cute, love her. Oh my look at all that chocolate. How could you wait to sketch them all before eating. I would sketch one eat it, move onto the next. I love chocolate.... lol Your coffee cup is good you just need to match the top curve with the bottom. The bottom is a bit straight, very nice shading on it.

DrDebby
01-08-2013, 07:45 PM
That chicken is so cute! Love all the chocolate. Jacqui has it on the coffee mug. The bottom has to curve to match the top.

RainySea
01-08-2013, 08:19 PM
what a cute chicken. . . nice work on the green onion and the chocolate (esp. the one at the bottom!) Yum. I like you page layouts, esp. the one with the text going up the side as part of the border

Joan T
01-08-2013, 09:38 PM
I agree about the chicken being cute and your chocolate is great!!! I like how you are organizing the pages and incorporating writing too. Welcome!!!

Gloppus
01-09-2013, 02:42 AM
This looks like a fun journal, Martina. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I especially like the raindrops on the window sketch. That's what everything looks like around here.
Your coffee cup looks okay to me. My sketches make the world look like it is made of silly putty. :)
I'm so glad you are joining us. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

poochemio
01-09-2013, 12:02 PM
Off to a great art journaling start to the New Year.

MartinaL
01-09-2013, 12:23 PM
Thank you all so much. I appreciate your comments!
Today I was busy, so I will sketch in the evening hours and post tomorrow...

JTMB
01-09-2013, 05:42 PM
Nice to see your work here - looking forward to more!

HeatherDawn
01-09-2013, 05:56 PM
I love your art journal. You've inspired me to do my own!

MartinaL
01-10-2013, 04:33 AM
Thank you! :)


Here is the next journal entry:

while walking our dogs yesterday, I discovered two beautiful trees, one old beech and one covered with ivy. I made a small map and marked the location of the trees.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2013/228483-09.01.13gr.jpg

jacquip
01-10-2013, 05:21 AM
The trees look great, esp the one with the ivy. Cute idea to do the map. I can't believe how neat and organised your pages are, I'm jealous... lol.

poochemio
01-10-2013, 12:32 PM
A lovely page, and a map is a good idea if you want to return.

DrDebby
01-10-2013, 04:14 PM
Wonderful pages. You have a lovely journal.

mhimeswc
01-10-2013, 04:37 PM
I like the way you design your pages. Good start to your first journal.

MartinaL
01-11-2013, 05:07 AM
Thank you Michelle, Debby, Margo and Jacqui :)

After days with grey clouds, we hat little bit blue sky yesterday and snowfall in the evening.
I was so excited and started to do three little sky paintings.
They turned out awful and I wiped them away with a towel while they were wet and tried to paint new. I really tortured my Alpha Sketchbook!
The paintings are still terrible. I love painting clouds in pastel, but I have to learn how to do in watercolors, it is so difficult!

Maybe I should not show this ugly page, but so we all have something to laugh about :lol:
Now I will turn over to the next blank page and do something new...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2013/228483-10.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
01-11-2013, 02:30 PM
The skies are very dramatic. Especially like the evening snowfall.

MartinaL
01-13-2013, 07:28 AM
Thanks Debby!

After many rainy days we finally have snow and it is cold outside!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/228483-12.01.13gr.jpg

Gloppus
01-13-2013, 10:27 AM
Another beautiful page, Martina.
You seem to enjoy the writing as much as the painting.

This will be a journal to treasure for many years.

DrDebby
01-13-2013, 01:28 PM
Marvelous pages.

eyepaint
01-13-2013, 04:20 PM
Welcome! Great work :)

jacquip
01-13-2013, 06:00 PM
Your pages are so lovely.

Lee27
01-13-2013, 10:01 PM
Martina, wow! All of these are great but my favorite is the chocolates and coffee! Yummy!

MartinaL
01-14-2013, 11:29 AM
Thank you all so much for your nice comments :)

Today was a beautiful day, sun and snow and wonderful colors in the evening sky. I had to paint it!
On the top left side I tried to paint a snow covered tree branch. I didn't like it. So I painted another evening sky on Fabriano watercolor paper, cut it out and pasted it over the failed branch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2013/228483-14.01.13gross.jpg

Martina

Gloppus
01-14-2013, 01:14 PM
I had to paint it!
Martina
Words of a true artist.

DrDebby
01-14-2013, 01:58 PM
Beautiful snow painting and sky.

jacquip
01-14-2013, 05:59 PM
Your snow paintings have such a feeling of atmosphere, so open, desolate and cold. Wonderful work.

vensunn
01-14-2013, 06:36 PM
Hi Martina
Your journal is lovely. Your drawing style is very neat and precise and your color washes have such "clean" color-all so fresh and uplifting. What a joy to see!
Steven

JTMB
01-14-2013, 07:46 PM
The snow sketches really do convey a sense of the cold environment. Well done.

MartinaL
01-15-2013, 07:14 AM
Thank you Philip, Debby, Jacqui, Steven and John!

Today I was (and I am still) busy...
So I decided to do a very quick entry in my art journal. Better than nothing. After a few minutes I considered to tear out the page, but NO, I would never do this, it was just a thought because I was not pleased at all... I continued...
and this is it for today:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jan-2013/228483-15.01.13gr.jpg

vhere
01-15-2013, 07:19 AM
An architect friend often includes maps. This is looking nice.

DrDebby
01-15-2013, 05:57 PM
I'm so glad you didn't tear these out. The snow covered trees are fabulous.

jacquip
01-15-2013, 06:03 PM
These pages look great to me. Love the trees, and the addition of the cup of tea in the corner. :)

MartinaL
01-17-2013, 11:05 AM
Thank you :wave:

Here are the last two sketches: yesterday lunch (it does not look very tasty on the plate, I have never painted pasta and tomatoes and onion before) :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2013/228483-16.1.13gr.jpg

Today I bought three new watercolors: Schmincke Horadam ultramarine finest, ivory black and olive green yellowish. I love the olive green! In real it looks much better than on the photo.
I had to test these three new colors (even if it is not a "winter green")

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2013/228483-17.1.13gr.jpg

Martina

RainySea
01-17-2013, 12:47 PM
these are great sektches. . . have to say my favorite part is your page layout. I really need to work on trying to do that in my sketchbooks I think. It truly adds something to the book

DrDebby
01-17-2013, 04:08 PM
Yummy pasta, veges, and watercolors.

jacquip
01-17-2013, 05:36 PM
I agree with Rainy that you have such a wonderful sense of page layout. The pasta and onion becoming part of the border is a prime example. New paints, always fun, and yes you just have to use them straight away.

MartinaL
01-19-2013, 12:24 PM
Thank you :)

Today I made a color chart of my new Neocolor II wax pastels, directly into my art journal.
My little daughter loves the Neocolor II, but I am not so sure... need to try them out and experiment a little bit...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2013/228483-19.1.13.gr.jpg

RainySea
01-19-2013, 01:40 PM
what a unique way to do a test with the colors around the edges forming a border. . . love it. Nicely done.

Scattykat
01-19-2013, 02:48 PM
....nothing like a new journal to beat the winter blues, this is a lovely one. Love the chicken with it's moustache, and the woodpecker feeding, plenty of cool landscapes, all lovely pages...:wave:

DrDebby
01-19-2013, 05:36 PM
What a lovely test page. Love the page within a page too.

MartinaL
01-21-2013, 04:58 AM
Thank you so much for your comments :wave:

Yesterday I made these three quick sketches. It shows the view from our windows.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2013/228483-20.01.13gr.jpg

Today we have lots of snow here in the middle of Germany. So I made a snow-landscape sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2013/228483-21.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

JTMB
01-21-2013, 12:09 PM
Nice idea to incorporate the color swatches into the sketchbook pages. I like the window view sketches as well!

DrDebby
01-21-2013, 03:20 PM
Great views you've got out your windows. The snow scene is marvelous.

Joan T
01-22-2013, 02:53 PM
Lovely job on these. Looks like you'll be doing a few wintry sketches. I like the one of the pasta and veggies as well as the cup.

Yako
01-22-2013, 08:14 PM
I like very much your art journal it's very eye catching.
Like how neat and clean looks your painting.

Jaxhil
01-22-2013, 09:29 PM
Your journal is so beautiful; the watercolor sketches are so fresh and lovely and I really love the way you've laid it all out so well. The snow scenes are my favorite! I am envious, we never get snow where I live..well, almost-I did see a few flakes falling a week or so ago, but nothing ever sticks :(

Thanks for sharing your inspiring journal!

vhere
01-23-2013, 04:13 AM
Looking good

MartinaL
01-23-2013, 01:20 PM
Thank you all so much for your comments! I`m busy these days, so my journal has to wait...maybe I will do an entry tomorrow (I hope so!) :wave:

MartinaL
01-24-2013, 10:31 AM
Two days ago I was ask for my favorite books about art journaling. So I made a quick sketch in my journal. Unfortunately we don`t have much books about art journaling in german, so i have to read a lot in english ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/228483-books.jpg

Today I made these very quick sketches of what I ate yesterday. You see, I am so busy these days, I did not even have time to eat very much ;)
But I do my journal entries, even if they have to be done quickly...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/228483-24.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

Emilyk000
01-24-2013, 01:35 PM
I'm really enjoying your journal pages! Very inspiring! You have a great sense of design!

DrDebby
01-24-2013, 04:07 PM
Wonderful book collection. Looks like hot drinks and soup were the order of the day.

MartinaL
01-25-2013, 01:57 PM
Thank you :)

while I'm walking our dogs, I see lots of animal tracks in the snow. So I decided today, to draw them into my journal. The photo is not very good, the sky is much bluer as you can see here.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2013/228483-25.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
01-25-2013, 02:55 PM
Marvelous page. Love the animal tracks in little boxes.

Marmsk
01-25-2013, 06:27 PM
I have been looking at your journal and think it is really interesting and going to be a great treasure.

jacquip
01-25-2013, 07:14 PM
Love the animal tracks. Great snow scene as the bg too.

Yako
01-26-2013, 08:53 AM
Two days ago I was ask for my favorite books about art journaling. So I made a quick sketch in my journal. Unfortunately we don`t have much books about art journaling in german, so i have to read a lot in english ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/228483-books.jpg

Today I made these very quick sketches of what I ate yesterday. You see, I am so busy these days, I did not even have time to eat very much ;)
But I do my journal entries, even if they have to be done quickly...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/228483-24.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

Your drawings are lovely.:)
Could you please be so kind to list the books of art journaling?
I would like to see them.
The picture you posted of them is a bit :( too little to read their titles. Thxs!.

MartinaL
01-26-2013, 11:30 AM
Hello Yako!

My favorite books about Art Journals/Sketching are:

- The Art of Urban Sketching, Gabriel Campanario
- Artists Journal Workshop, Cathy Johnson
- An Illustrated Life, Creative License, Everyday matters, Danny Gregory
- Keeping a nature journal, Clare Walker Leslie
and two German books:
- Mut zum Skizzenbuch, Wasserfarben fur Gestalter, Felix Scheinberger

I have a lot more books about art journaling, but these are my favorites.

Martina

MartinaL
01-26-2013, 11:50 AM
Today I decided to draw my watercolor palette.

I know, the perspective is not correct.

Weeks ago I would never have shown my drawing mistakes, but since I have my art journal, I have learned that is has not to be perfect.
I take it easy and I am not frustrated about my "mistakes". Maybe my next palette drawing will be correct, who knows ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jan-2013/228483-26.01.13.gr.jpg

Martina

Yako
01-26-2013, 12:40 PM
Hello Yako!

My favorite books about Art Journals/Sketching are:

- The Art of Urban Sketching, Gabriel Campanario
- Artists Journal Workshop, Cathy Johnson
- An Illustrated Life, Creative License, Everyday matters, Danny Gregory
- Keeping a nature journal, Clare Walker Leslie
and two German books:
- Mut zum Skizzenbuch, Wasserfarben fur Gestalter, Felix Scheinberger

I have a lot more books about art journaling, but these are my favorites.

Martina Thxs a lot Martina!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Hope to see more of your pieces.:wave:

DrDebby
01-26-2013, 02:35 PM
Your pallet is so clean. :) Great page.

vensunn
01-26-2013, 07:09 PM
Hi Martina! I continue to enjoy your journal. Your own unique neat style with such clean color is so very pleasant. Don't worry about perspective in this journal. There's lovely charm in the immediacy and honestly of sketching. The freshness of our drawings done on site, in the moment and spontaneously are full of life. Continue to enjoy the journey!
Steven

Joan T
01-26-2013, 07:33 PM
Nice sketches of the food, but I really like the footprints in the snow with the tree. That's a nice composition. Good job on the palette.

Doing these journals you learn that things aren't always perfect...and they don't have to be!

Terry Wynn
01-27-2013, 09:08 AM
Thank you for sharing your winter journey and your life with us in your sketchbook. It is delightful. Love the animal tracks!

Terry

MartinaL
01-27-2013, 11:37 AM
Yako, Debby, Steven, Joan, Terry: Thank you so much :)

MartinaL
01-28-2013, 11:54 AM
My husband gave me roses, and I had to paint them :wink2:
Yesterday it was grey and rainy outside, the snow is melting now. I was so happy about the red flowers, they brought color in this cloudy day.
I am in art journaling for one moonphase now :) So I had to draw the full moon.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2013/228483-27.01.13gr.jpg

Martina

RainySea
01-28-2013, 12:08 PM
really nice drawing of the paint box. How sweet to get roses!!! Lovely pages. Its been rainy here the past week also and some snow last night, didn't stick but left it really cold again.

Joan T
01-28-2013, 01:10 PM
Love the roses as well as the phase of the moon. Nice!!

DrDebby
01-28-2013, 05:29 PM
Of course you had to include the roses. How sweet of your husband to get them for you. One moon, I love it.

MartinaL
01-29-2013, 02:54 AM
I was walking around in the house, the sketchbook in my hands, looking for something to draw. One of my dogs was asleep. I made a very quick pencil sketch and when I finished, he moved into another position.
His name is Homer, he is an Ibizan Hound and a very funny guy :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2013/228483-28.01.13gr.jpg

poochemio
01-29-2013, 04:24 AM
I just had a wonderful stroll through the pages you have completed since my last visit. Glad to see your dog made it in, I have journals filled with dog sketches and paintings. Always a good subject, if you are quick.

RainySea
01-29-2013, 04:22 PM
aw, Homer is adorable. . . sounds like an interesting breed. I've seen them at the dog shows, skinny guys :) Opposite of my tanks

DrDebby
01-29-2013, 04:27 PM
Homer is sweet, holding still until you got him sketched.

koksie
01-30-2013, 06:39 AM
Hallo Martina, hab mir gerade dein Tagebuch angesehen. Wunderbar! Ich beneide dich direkt ein wenig, dass du so emsig sein kannst. Das ist ein Kunstwerk für sich! toll!

Liebe Grüße
Brigitte

JTMB
01-30-2013, 05:24 PM
Nice job on Homer - my dog seems to know when I'm trying to sketch her and moves immediately. Good job on the nose-buried-under-the-paws sleeping position.

MartinaL
01-31-2013, 04:19 AM
Thank you all so much for your nice comments.

Actually I do not like to draw buildings because I have always problems with the perspective...but I have to learn... so I decided to draw an old electricity building which is located two miles from my home.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2013/228483-29.01.13.jpg

Martina

Aelfwynn
01-31-2013, 09:41 AM
Hee, those are ALL OVER near where my in-laws live (Oberpfalz). Really, I'm surprised I haven't drawn one of them yet.

DrDebby
01-31-2013, 03:48 PM
Great sketch.

jacquip
01-31-2013, 04:16 PM
So nice to see you continuing with your sketches. Love the roses, cute dog and great job on the building.

Joan T
02-01-2013, 09:11 PM
Love the sketch of your dog! The building came out really well.

MartinaL
02-03-2013, 05:00 AM
Thank you so much :)

unfortunately I am very busy these days and I have only done one journal entry in four days :(

The snow has melted and I am amazed about the first snowdrops in our garden.
Then I made a very quick sketch of the view outside our window. Everything is brown (muddy) and green and the sky is grey and rainy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/228483-01.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
02-03-2013, 04:33 PM
Sorry you are so busy. The snowdrops coming up are lovely.

jacquip
02-03-2013, 04:53 PM
The snowdrops are very quick at coming up, they look lovely. Can't wait to see when they bloom.

Joan T
02-03-2013, 08:20 PM
I like the look of the tiny leaves poking their edges out. Good job!

Life goes in cycles...sometimes we have lots of time to sketch and paint and then life steps back in. lol

MartinaL
02-08-2013, 12:43 PM
Thank you all so much :)
I only have done three new journal entries. So much work, so little time :(

Vegetable for vegetable soup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2013/228483-04.02.13gr.jpg


I had to draw the old electricity building again, it was so much fun! This time I sketched very quick while I was sitting in the car:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2013/228483-05.02.13gr.jpg

And this is our front door: (I love the ultramarine color!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2013/228483-08.02.13gr.jpg


Martina

DrDebby
02-08-2013, 04:56 PM
Yummy looking vegetables. Just so you know, I want your front door. It's marvelous.

jacquip
02-08-2013, 05:56 PM
More great pages, glad you found some time. Bet that soup was yummy. I love your door. Wonderful.

Joan T
02-08-2013, 08:29 PM
Good sketches of the veggies and the building. I sketch from my car a lot, especially in the winter.

MartinaL
02-10-2013, 05:29 AM
Thank you Debby, Jacqui and Joan!

Yesterday I was thinking about our next holiday on a german northsea island. I love the sea and the dunes and I can not wait... but I have to wait 42 days until I will see the sea again, so i decided to make a journal entry with a quick seascape, some sea buckthorn and a lighthouse (have to learn to draw straight lines, all my buildings turn out crooked :rolleyes: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/228483-09.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

Joan T
02-10-2013, 10:10 AM
Looks like a good way to dream about an upcoming vacation!

DrDebby
02-10-2013, 01:02 PM
Lovely dream page.

jacquip
02-10-2013, 06:53 PM
Looks like a great place to visit, in life or your imagination. Nicely done.

JTMB
02-11-2013, 01:16 AM
The old building and door look really good to my eyes. Nice job!

mhimeswc
02-11-2013, 11:38 AM
I like your vegetable soup sketch, your buildings, and especially the lighthouse. I hope you get to do some sketches on your seaside vacation.

MartinaL
02-13-2013, 02:39 AM
Michelle, John, Jacqui, Debby and Joan: thanks a lot :)

I think I will sketch a lot during our vacation :)
Yesterday I made a quick sketch of some grapes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2013/228483-12.02.13.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
02-13-2013, 06:09 PM
Yummy grapes. :)

jacquip
02-13-2013, 08:51 PM
Very nice, beautiful soft colours.

JennyMK
02-13-2013, 10:08 PM
Absolutely great pages, so much to like...

MartinaL
02-14-2013, 06:53 AM
Thank you all :wave:

Today the sun is shining, but it is cold.
While driving home from the grocery, I stopped the car and made a photo with my cellphone camera, because I forgot my sketchbook. At home I sketched from the photo. The fields are green, but still covered with a thin layer of snow.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2013/228483-14.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

JTMB
02-14-2013, 10:58 AM
Nice perspective and sense of distance in the landscape, and great job on the grapes as well.

DrDebby
02-14-2013, 01:51 PM
Fabulous landscape.

MartinaL
02-15-2013, 06:55 AM
Thank you!

So what have tulips and a gray heron in common? Both have pleased me yesterday: I got the tulips for valentine and the gray heron was sitting on a field near my house. I had to sketch both :wink2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2013/228483-15.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
02-15-2013, 07:13 PM
Sweet you got flowers for Valentine's day. Marvelous heron.

Joan T
02-15-2013, 09:10 PM
Great that you had your cellphone to snap a picture of the landscape. That came out really nice...good sense of distance. Love the heron!

poochemio
02-15-2013, 11:03 PM
Wonderful pages Martina. Aren't those herons a blast to sketch, there were a pair that frequented a swimming pool at the house across the street from me and used to perch in the life oak over my deck. Always fun to sketch. I like your landscapes quite a bit too.

vhere
02-16-2013, 05:10 AM
Nice catch of the thin layer of snow.

MartinaL
02-18-2013, 05:48 AM
Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments :wave:

I live near a small airport and I like to walk my dogs in the fields opposite and watch the small planes take off or land. Sometimes there are parachutist.
In April the airport will be closed, because a few kilometers away a new, much modern and bigger airport is built.
I sketched the "old" airport very quickly, because it was cold and my dogs were impatient. They are are not the best sketching companions :rolleyes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2013/228483-17.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

bookscorpion
02-18-2013, 06:25 AM
I'm always intimidated by the thought of doing a sketch that spreads over two pages, but you make it work beautifully.

Joan T
02-18-2013, 05:28 PM
I think you did great even with your impatient companions. How sad that they are closing the airport. I'm sure you will miss seeing the planes.

DrDebby
02-18-2013, 06:31 PM
This is a great sketch. I imagine that dogs are not the best sketching companions. :)

JTMB
02-18-2013, 06:49 PM
Nice job on the airport landscape! I understand about the dogs - I wish mine would just curl up at my feet until I was done, but she always has other plans for 'us' to do. :)

MartinaL
02-19-2013, 04:29 AM
Thank you Jennifer, Joan, Debby and John!

Yes, my dogs are impatient sketching companions and so are my two kids (sometimes). We visited an old monastery which is now a farm. I had not much time for my sketch, because our kids wanted to walk around (understandable, because there is so much to see and explore). This is the reason my sketch is not finished.
(like always I had problems with the perspective. If anyone of you knows a good book about architecture sketching, let me know :wave: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2013/228483-18.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
02-19-2013, 03:11 PM
Looks like a delightful place. Sorry your kids dragged you off.

Joan T
02-19-2013, 03:45 PM
The sketch looks good. I like that part is colored in and part is just b&w!

MartinaL
02-21-2013, 12:18 PM
Thank you!

This is a quick sketch of the "Sababurg" castle, it is a 30 minute drive away from our home and it lies in the middle of a wonderful, large forest with lots of old oaks.

(everytime the same: the perspective drives me crazy :mad:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2013/228483-20.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

RainySea
02-21-2013, 12:25 PM
nice paintings, I like how you did two views of the place on the spread along with the text. Is the bottom one ink and wash?

vhere
02-21-2013, 03:15 PM
Very nicr

DrDebby
02-21-2013, 04:54 PM
Cool castle sketches.

MartinaL
02-23-2013, 04:58 AM
Thank you!
@ RainySea: the bottom sketch is watercolor: Schmincke Paynes grey bluish

bookscorpion
02-23-2013, 11:31 AM
I hear you about perspective, it drives me nuts as well :lol:

I love the muted colours of the castle painting.

Joan T
02-23-2013, 01:19 PM
Great sketches of the castle. You are doing such a wide variety of sketches. I'm enjoying them.

MartinaL
02-23-2013, 02:10 PM
Thank you so much!

The next few days I will practice perspective sketching ;)
Here we go:
this one is done from a photo and as you can see, I failed again :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/228483-22.02.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
02-23-2013, 04:31 PM
The landscape with perspective still looks good. And congrats for challenging yourself to improve.

poochemio
02-23-2013, 08:41 PM
Marina just keep practicing and soon it will become habit and you won't need to give it another thought. In the meantime your sketches are wonderful and it's your journal, and you keep using it!

MartinaL
02-25-2013, 03:45 AM
Thank you Margo and Debby!

This is another old electricity building near our house. The roof is partially covered with snow.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2013/228483-24.2.13gr.jpg

Martina

bookscorpion
02-25-2013, 06:32 AM
Love the snow on the roof. Your little perspective rant made me smile. It's something I could have written :lol:

MartinaL
02-27-2013, 05:33 AM
Thank you :)

This is my yesterday entry:
A feeder for roe deer in a forest near my home. I sketched quickly in Pen and added watercolor at home, because it was cold and my dogs wanted to continue the walk.
First time the perspective was not a desaster for me (but I failed with the background trees :rolleyes: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2013/228483-8509405915.jpg

Martina

Joan T
02-27-2013, 09:55 AM
You are doing great with these!!

DrDebby
02-27-2013, 03:25 PM
Your sketches are such a delight to see.

MartinaL
02-28-2013, 06:37 AM
Thank you Debby and Joan!
Today I have no new sketches, I am a little bit busy...but I hope I will find a little time...

Martina

Jaxhil
03-01-2013, 07:51 PM
These are all so wonderful!! I love the deer feeder-it turned out beautifully, and look, the perspective is just right! :)

Here are the names of a couple of perspective books I have that you might like: Perspective Without Pain, & The Art of Perspective, both by Phil Metzger. I think the second one better (and more recent). He actually has another book, Pencil Magic, that's focused more on pencil drawing but includes basic instruction on perspective as well. It has some great drawings in it, too.

It's such a joy to see your sketchbook progress! Thanks for sharing it with us (I love the castle sketch, by the way!).

Hilary

MartinaL
03-05-2013, 05:03 AM
Thank you Hilary for your comment and the book recommendation.
Finally I found a german book about perspective sketching. Maybe it will help...

Yesterday I did the landscape sketch very, very quickly on location in the field while walking my dogs. I was so happy, because the sun was shining all day and the snow has melted.
In the evening I saw the cranes flying back in the northern territories. Now spring is coming :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/228483-04.03.13gr.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
03-05-2013, 05:15 PM
Fabulous landscape. Yay, spring is coming.

JTMB
03-07-2013, 11:00 AM
Good job on the recent sketches - I especially like the deer feeder. And yes, spring appears to be on the way in my area as well. Can't wait to get outside to paint!

MartinaL
03-10-2013, 06:31 AM
Thank you for your nice comments :)

A few days ago I bought a new, small bag for my sketchbook and my supplies. It is actually a gundog-training bag, but it is perfect for my sketching supplies.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/228483-tasche.jpg

Yesterday I sketched this old barn on location, while sitting in the car. I had not much time and the sketch is not very good, but I had fun doing it on location and not from a photo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/228483-09.03.13.jpg

Martina

vhere
03-10-2013, 09:58 AM
Good one :)

Neat bag

DrDebby
03-10-2013, 02:19 PM
Cool bag. Great sketch. Awesome you had fun.

MartinaL
03-12-2013, 04:09 AM
After three sunny and warm days last week, snow is back. Lots of snow :(
This Winter is the cloudiest since 60 years here in Germany.

My Alpha Sketchbook is nearly complete, only 5 pages... In my drawer is already the next, a Stillman and Birn Epsilon. Can`t wait to start it, it will be my "Spring-Sketchbook"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2013/228483-11.03.13.jpg

Martina

bookscorpion
03-12-2013, 07:20 AM
Lovely snow sketch. And I really need to get these clamps you use to hold open the journal, that's a good idea (I always weigh them down with pens and stuff when I take photos of my sketches and of course they slip...).

DrDebby
03-12-2013, 04:30 PM
Brilliant snow sketch. Sorry winter came back after being teased by spring.

Joan T
03-12-2013, 05:12 PM
Great sketches!!! I like the one of the barn especially. It must have felt good to get outside and sketch instead of having the snow keep you inside. Spring has to be here soon.

MartinaL
03-13-2013, 03:43 AM
Thank you so much :wave:

MartinaL
03-13-2013, 03:51 AM
My little daughter played with some blue marbles yesterday and she wanted me to paint them. So I decided to make a "blue" sketchbook page.
I never sketched marbles before and they are a little bit crumpy, not perfectly round :wink2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Mar-2013/228483-12.03.13.jpg

Martina

DrDebby
03-13-2013, 03:10 PM
So sweet. Did your daughter like the sketch?

poochemio
03-15-2013, 08:34 AM
It was fun catching up with your sketches. Talk of perspective made me get out my books, no to read them and put them to use.

Your blue page is grand and your marbles are just fine. I have a box of old cat eyes somewhere, they probably haven't been played with in a hundred years.

Joan T
03-16-2013, 10:14 PM
I think you did the shading inside the marble really well. I used to have a few of them but for the life of me I don't know where they are any more. They would be fun to paint.

GregLStender
03-19-2013, 03:07 PM
I really like the way you have used a “text” title and how your artwork works around it…really works well!

RainySea
03-19-2013, 07:07 PM
lovely page! I like the marbles and brush and all the blue colors together. nice layout

Pitter
04-04-2013, 12:53 PM
Thank you for posting your journal. I have completely enjoyed looking at it and I think your marbles are wonderful!! Now I have to get started on my first one. I just have to take that first step and sketch that first page.

JTMB
04-05-2013, 03:18 PM
Nice job on the 'blue page'. I enjoyed catching back up on your journal again.

MartinaL
04-06-2013, 02:01 PM
Thank you all for you comments!

I was on vacation and in the meantime my first art journal is complete. The last four pages are only writing, no sketches to show.

Soon I will start my second art journal or I will share my sketchbook from our vacation on a german northsea island :)

Martina