View Full Version : Rainy's "Around the House" Delta

01-06-2013, 09:09 PM
I finished the other Delta and am now starting on this spiral bound one. I've decided to dedicate this one to things around the house/property, so basically everything in it will be from life, not from photos. I'll use the Bee book for the inspirational photos and stuff this month. My goal is filling the whole book in one month from life.


01-06-2013, 09:49 PM
Great goal Rainy, look forward to seeing your first sketches.

01-06-2013, 11:01 PM
Good luck Rainy! It will be lovely to see!

01-07-2013, 02:22 PM
Great goal. I'm sure you'll have no problem filling it.

01-07-2013, 04:44 PM
Trying this totally with ipad (took photo and attach). Hope it works. Photo a bit blurry

Done out in yard with sharpie pen on delta book


01-07-2013, 05:36 PM
You have the most interesting environments!
Love the shadows on the ground, they make the scene come alive!

01-07-2013, 05:45 PM
Good to see a new journal starting, Rainy! WOW - a Joshua Tree in your backyard! Not many folks can say that. Love those trees (and the rocks in Joshua Tree monument as well).

01-07-2013, 06:43 PM
Very nice foliage. Can really see the contour of the landscape too, well done.

01-07-2013, 08:24 PM
Fabulous vegetation sketch.

01-08-2013, 03:48 AM
Well done!
Is this a joshua tree? I have seen them years ago during a trip in the southwest USA

01-08-2013, 11:01 AM
Thanks everyone. Yes, its a joshua tree. I have quite a number of them on the acreage here. They are protected, too, so you cannot remove them. The other one is a creosote bush I think. . . I'm just learning about all the plants and critters here. I love the roadrunners, they are so cool.

01-08-2013, 12:01 PM
Nice drawing! There's nothing better than wandering around nature sketching what's around you. That's going to be one nice sketchbook once it's filled up with trees and critters and rocks and drawings of the environment around you.

So much fun!

Joan T
01-08-2013, 09:51 PM
Love the Joshua tree sketch!!! What a great place to do sketching. You'll have to be fast to sketch a roadrunner...but I will be watching for that sketch!

01-09-2013, 12:47 AM
Thank you!

Ok, I tried a roadrunner. . . the first box was a quick line sketch of one that I added color pencil and detail to and then the below I cheat and look at photographs. They move really fast! They make the funniest, most interesting sounds, too. I noticed some other birds running along the dirt roads that look like they are quails or something. I have to check into that.

I added the quote, but then wondered if roadrunners fly and so looked it up. They can fly, although not for long periods of time but just for brief spurts to escape predators. Mostly they run and wikipedia says they can go 20 mph.


01-09-2013, 02:30 AM
Great idea for a journal, Rainy, and wonderful sketches.
You are an inspiration to me. As soon as I finish my "anything practice" sketchbook I think I will start a dedicated sketchbook for stuff on the boat.
Keep up the good work!

01-09-2013, 01:23 PM
Thanks Philip. How cool to be an inspiration to someone!! I will look forward to seeing your 'around the boat' sketchbook!

01-09-2013, 02:35 PM
Great job on the roadrunner. Interesting that they can only fly for short spurts. I think quail are like that too, preferring to run rather than fly.

01-09-2013, 05:34 PM
Great work on the roadrunners! I enjoyed seeing a few of them on my fall cross-country road trip. Even managed to get a couple of pix.

01-10-2013, 04:47 PM
I love your road runner, Rainy. Always fun to start a brand new sketchbook!

01-11-2013, 02:55 AM
Your Roadrunner is fantastic! I like the page!

01-19-2013, 10:44 AM
Thank you.


sharpie fine line pen plus a date stamp thingie (I only have a brownish ink pad!)

01-19-2013, 11:19 AM
a much more elegant name for it than cow parsley :) which is what it's called here

Nice one

01-19-2013, 12:12 PM
Oh, this is beautiful! I`m not sure, but I think it is called "Wiesenkerbel" in german.

01-19-2013, 01:39 PM
Thanks Viv and Martina.

Here is the whole spread


01-19-2013, 04:55 PM
I really like these botanical sketches.

01-19-2013, 05:13 PM
Great sketches. The Queen Anne's lace looks so delicate.

01-20-2013, 07:55 AM
Beautifully observed left page.

01-20-2013, 11:14 AM
Thanks Viv, Debby and Jacqui.

You know I would really love to add my dogs into this but trying to sketch them from life is so hard. . . even if I begin trying to sketch one that is sleeping, she invariably moves the second I do so! Very frustrating.

Anyway, I was searching around the site and found this tutorial on sketching quickly and thought I would share as it is very good. I enjoyed it a great deal and am going to try some of his advice today. For those who have went to school on art/drawing, it may not be that helpful but for self-taught folks like me, it really clicked. Its by Larry Seiler.


01-20-2013, 02:24 PM

One side pen and the other pencil

01-20-2013, 03:42 PM
Your Queen Ann's Lace and the trees came out great in pen.

01-20-2013, 03:58 PM
Great trees.

01-21-2013, 12:24 PM
Nice work on the tree shapes.

01-21-2013, 01:55 PM
Good link.

Joan T
01-22-2013, 02:58 PM
Love the way you made the Queen Anne's Lace look so fragile. Nice work on the trees too!

01-24-2013, 02:00 PM
Thanks, Joan. My digital camera didn't get a very good shot of the page, sorry. . .


01-24-2013, 03:21 PM
Rainy, you have immediately reduced me to despair over what you can do with line. I started a whole sketchbook dedicated to it, and yours are just so.... so... gloriously, fabulously, descriptively line-y! Your variety of marks is inspiring. (And despair inducing. I do not claim to be consistent).

Having admired your work for a while, it's nice to be able to tell you so :)

How do you like the delta surface for line work?

01-24-2013, 03:40 PM
Marvelous teasel. The bees around here love them.

01-25-2013, 04:45 AM
Good teasel! Aren't the thistle type flowers interesting, and a challenge, to draw?

01-25-2013, 05:29 AM
The teasel looks great! Well done!

01-25-2013, 06:29 PM
Great journal, oh, but that teasel is superb!!!

01-25-2013, 08:45 PM
Thank you Debby, Jasmine, Eileen, Martina, and Viv!

Jasmine, I like the Delta ok for pen and ink but the Epsilon (or the new Zeta) is much more suited to it really. I just don't have one of those right now. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

01-28-2013, 12:05 PM
Here is a quick one I did out the sliding door from my dining table with a warm cuppa :) . Its the small pine tree in my back yard. . . its been rainy all week, then snowed some last night. It didn't stick, but too cold to be sketching outside today. Brrr


01-28-2013, 05:38 PM
Delightful little pine tree.

01-28-2013, 06:09 PM
Lovely job on the pine tree.

01-29-2013, 02:45 AM
The pine tree looks really good!

01-29-2013, 04:27 AM
Rainy, your botanical sketches are amazing. Keep it up!

01-30-2013, 05:29 PM
The teasel sketch is wonderfully done!

02-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Lovely pages! I like the simplicity of them! I usually try to fit too much in my pages, so seeing someone who can put down just that what inspired them is impressive!

02-21-2013, 10:01 AM

02-21-2013, 11:48 AM
Fantastic sketch!

02-21-2013, 01:28 PM
Thanks, Martina.


02-21-2013, 04:55 PM
Marvelous sketches.

Joan T
02-22-2013, 11:25 AM
I love the two pages with the spoon and the onion! That is great together. Super job on the French press.

02-22-2013, 12:30 PM
Nice sketches Rainy, all interesting everyday things.

02-22-2013, 12:58 PM
These are all great, but I like the onion in particular because of the lovely shading.

02-24-2013, 02:23 PM
Thanks Jennifer, Debby, Eileen, and Joan.

I haven't been doing too much sketching lately as have some other things I'm working on around the house and also I finally am working again on the two oil pastels paintings I had started some time ago and put aside when I started looking for house and moving. I hope to finish those in next month or so.

Anyway, I saw something in a book that if you mix primary colors red, blue, and yellow color pencils, that you get brown or black. I tried it with three crayola color pencils that were leftovers from my kids just for fun. I don't think I got much of those colors actually. But. . . fun doodle. Probably needed darker color blue than what I had. (Sorry about the shadow on the photo)


02-24-2013, 03:32 PM
Cool experiment. Great sketch.

Joan T
02-24-2013, 05:40 PM
I like the color blending in the shoe!! I agree your blue might be too light to get brown but you came close.

02-26-2013, 06:41 PM
Thanks Joan and Debby.

I did this one last night while watching hulu plus. . . was hard to concentrate on both the show and the drawing so it didn't turn out so great.


Did this one this morning with a crayola kids colored pencil.


02-26-2013, 07:38 PM
I can see where it would be hard to watch the show and sketch. Super dog sketch.

02-27-2013, 06:13 AM
Love the Pug!

02-27-2013, 06:35 AM
- just found this journal - great idea doing stuff around the place - and the sketchbook looks really nice quality too - trees are neat, and love the teasel, great textures in there. Lovely bird, and ya got a pooch in, sweet pug. All tops, I'll be back :D :wave:

Joan T
02-27-2013, 09:53 AM
Nice job on the one from the tv! You were able to get a lot of detail to the person. Cute doggie!

02-27-2013, 12:49 PM
Thanks Debby, Joan, Scatty and Eileen.

BTW, that fella is actually a French bulldog. . . they are so cute with those big stick up ears :-)

02-28-2013, 07:29 PM
Messed up one of the eyes on this one, but was trying to draw the neighbor's dog smiling at me through the fence.


03-01-2013, 04:13 AM
He looks like a friendly pooch :)

03-01-2013, 02:04 PM
He wants to play fetch or get petted or both. :lol: Great sketch.

03-01-2013, 06:32 PM
Love the big ol' pooch smile!

03-19-2013, 07:57 PM
Haven't done much in the sketchbook this month. . . I did an acrylic painting of my daughter's puppy for her, and she like it. Acrylics are not something I've used much so it was a learning experience.

Grabbed the book today and did a couple one minute poses of duck using conte (which is messy and not my favorite!)


03-19-2013, 08:04 PM
Wonderful ducks.

Joan T
03-20-2013, 09:51 PM
I can almost hear the dog panting!!! Love the shape of the duck beaks!

03-28-2013, 03:46 PM
Sorry I've not been in the forum much lately! I got a new computer finally! Been learning how to work with it this past week. Its a mac and my old computer was a PC. So I don't have any graphic program except iPhoto which came with it right now. I'll probably purchase something soon, but for now not many options to resize so this the best I could figure out. BTW, I love the computer!

This was done in my Delta today just messing around it was various media combined.


Joan T
03-28-2013, 05:23 PM
Congrats on the new computer!!! Nice grapes with a dramatic shadow.

03-28-2013, 07:33 PM
Yay, new computer. Those grapes look good enough to eat. Very 3-D.

03-29-2013, 07:38 PM
Thanks Joan and Debby.

A quick one outside today of one of my lanterns in the yard. I also started working on a pastel painting of my Dad as a youngster today. . . if anyone wants to see it coming along its in pastels here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19547029#post19547029).


03-29-2013, 09:04 PM
Cool lantern.

Joan T
03-29-2013, 09:26 PM
Nice job on the lantern. Love the portrait of your father...the curly hair came out really great!

04-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Thanks Joan. . . I posted an update on the one of my Dad but still need to tweak a few things.

Playing around with some nupastels, couldn't get much details at this size


04-03-2013, 07:01 PM
Great sketch.

04-04-2013, 03:37 PM
It has the feel of the era :)

Joan T
04-04-2013, 04:43 PM
I like this last sketch, although the little one looks like she wants down! lol

04-05-2013, 03:15 PM
Catching up on your journal - nicely done. The pastel double-portrait piece looks fine, especially in small size which is tough for portraits in general, and especially with pastels. Good work!

04-07-2013, 01:54 PM
Very nice sketches, Rainy. The portrait came out well, and your dog portraits are always very good.

04-13-2013, 12:33 PM
Thank you very much Sandra, Viv, Debby, John and Joan. Viv, that is so cool that you could tell it was done from a photo from another era! The baby in the photo I drew this from is ME!!

A simple pencil sketch.

04-13-2013, 03:09 PM
Love the dog sketch.

04-14-2013, 03:55 AM
Well done! Is it your dog?


Joan T
04-14-2013, 11:55 AM
Nice lines on the sketch of the dog!

04-15-2013, 01:14 PM
Thank you Joan, Martina and Debby. Nope, not one of my dogs. We have a TON of dogs in our rural neighborhood and many of them often come up to the fence to visit so no lack of lots of them around.

playing around in sketchbook yesterday with a mechanical pencil. . . last one got all smeary on page :eek:



04-15-2013, 06:36 PM
another doodle done this morning . . . recognize him?


04-15-2013, 09:40 PM
Great facial features. Cool gecko.

04-19-2013, 10:40 AM
That is a very cute gecko. From Geico?

04-19-2013, 05:39 PM
Yes, Sandra. . . he's the Geico Gecko :)

Kamber Parrk
04-20-2013, 04:59 PM
Hey RainySea,

Like the Gecko!

Your post #59 (ink drawing while watching hulu) has kind of a Robert Crumb feel to it.

04-22-2013, 12:47 AM
Thanks Kamber.

done with a mechanical pencil. . . only two more pages left to finish up this book! I've enjoyed working in it but now am eager to move on to the Zeta :thumbsup:


04-22-2013, 03:13 PM
Great portrait.

04-23-2013, 03:17 AM
Great portrait! And you are so disciplined to wait! I couldn't :)

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:43 AM
This last sketch is so nice!!!

04-23-2013, 09:00 PM
Thanks Debby, Viv, and Joan.

Well. . . Viv, I couldn't wait either so I quickly finished this book so can move on to the Zeta :clap:


Really messed up this girl's nose and mouth. . . wasn't gonna post but last page in book.

And now. . . ON TO THE ZETA!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04-24-2013, 03:37 PM
Congrats on another finished sketchbook. Onto the Zeta. :)

Joan T
04-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Hi from Galway. I like that building and the sading on the girl. It is cold and damp, and I was pelted with hail while painting this morning...but having un. Hope to find an actual computer to post from soon. The Nook leaves somethin to be desired. Lol

05-10-2013, 04:44 AM
Great work, Rainy!

05-10-2013, 05:48 AM
I will be interested in what you do with the zeta