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07-01-2013, 03:52 PM
Starting off in the same S&B Beta journal, 7" x 10" one:

Oil pastel on Stillman & Birn Beta journal
rough natural white watercolor paper.
From life (artificial pear).

I'll include loose sketches in this thread too, the ones for the sketch wall. Better than having a separate thread for every art journal. I've got a little watercolor Moleskine in my vest pocket too that might see some action this month when I go out.

07-01-2013, 04:42 PM
Artificial or not, that pear looks good to eat! :)

07-01-2013, 07:46 PM
Robert, that is a wonderful pear. . . the shine and form is perfect and I like the colors of the shadow.

Also, I loved how you said the little moleskine might see some action this month. That is a great way to express it. Hope to see many more sketches this month.

07-03-2013, 06:35 PM
Purr thank you, Rainy! Yes, I'm definitely fond of the little moleskine and even when I'm home I might get it out. It's easy for me to work that small.

Debby, thank you! It's funny about artificial fruit, the ones I have look so real that I occasionally pick them up to see if they're ripe enough to eat. Very handy for still lifes. Even got some grapes. I think I put some of them away in a box though, only have a few of them handy.

Today sketched for the Spotlight challenge in Pastel Forum, a fourth piece on the sketchwall. Need to start putting some up on other walls, that group of four is starting to look good!

July 2013 Spotlight Cat
9" x 12"
Gallery pastels on Bogus Recycled Rough sketch paper
Photo reference by stalksthedawn

07-04-2013, 04:29 AM
Sweet cat. Nice contrast with the blue background.


07-04-2013, 08:17 PM
Beautiful cat. You do cats so well. When is the next Ari sketch?

07-06-2013, 07:58 AM
Good to see your sketches again. The cat is wonderful. The pear looks very real and tasty. Are you using more pastels than you use to? Good work.

07-06-2013, 12:41 PM
Great pear, but I absolutely love the kitten! Such a sweet, tender expression. I especially like how you've put enough detail on the face to give focus and left the bg and chest looser with more expressive strokes.

07-06-2013, 06:28 PM
Purr thank you! Yes, I've been meaning to do more Ari sketches again. I'm getting new pictures of him too. I've been getting into pastels quite a lot but mean to do some watercolors too, or pen and watercolors. I rotate my supplies and get out this and that, then switch to something else. What I keep out and handy might get used several times before rotating.

The sketchwall stuff is mostly going to be pastels because they're bright, fast and bold, I can see it from across the room. The stuff in the S&B sketchbook's more likely to be watersoluble pencils or watercolor or pen and watercolor. It's got a rough texture that I'm enjoying because it's not got as huge a texture as most rough watercolor papers - more almost like cold press (not surface) but with deeper texture rather than the big broken texture shapes on Arches rough.

I get different ideas and it's mostly what I feel like that day.

07-06-2013, 07:57 PM
So I sketched again, in Graphitint again but didn't wash it. Love the way when I don't, it's just a very soft dark pencil!

Green Waste
7" x 10"
Derwent Graphitint Midnight Black used dry
Stillman & Birn Beta journal
Photo reference by Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio for July 2013 Journal Inspiration thread.

Texture on the rough paper was fun.

07-07-2013, 03:38 PM
Oh wow. . . that kitty is just wonderful. LOVE him. Beautifully drawn, such and adorable work on his little face. You have made that face irresistible and he seems to lean out of the paper towards me as well. I really just want to reach out and pet him. His beautiful marmalade coloring just glows. Amazing, Robert. You do have such a special touch with cats for sure.

PS. He should be framed :)

07-08-2013, 05:46 PM
Purr thank you! I love doing cats. Here's a couple more from the current WDE:

Cuban Beauties and Hummingbird
7" x 10"
Pigma Micron pen and Sakura Koi watercolor
Stillman & Birn Beta journal rough watercolor paper
Photo references by Painter65 for July 5 2013 Weekend Drawing Event

07-09-2013, 03:10 PM
Cute kitties and lovely hummingbird.

Carole A
07-13-2013, 01:33 PM
Robert ~ I love that pear. Pears are always such good subject matter. So many varieties with different colors and shapes. I have artificial ones also. My grandson actually tried to eat one when he was about 4 years old.

It really is good to see you back on wetcanvas, Robert. You were definitely missed.

Carole A

07-14-2013, 04:17 PM
Wow, thank you! Carole, that makes sense. There are moments with that artificial pear that I forget it's not real till I touch it. I'm not sure what it is about pears but they're just about the perfect still life fruit, either as an individual study or in groups. They are anthropomorphic, like little fat people, so they have gesture and body language going for them in a painting the way a round fruit doesn't.

Thank you so much for welcoming me back. I was so surprised at how many people remembered me and were glad to see me again!

Today's sketch is in two stages. I didn't try to photo the pencil drawing because it was too faint, I did it with a mechanical pencil with the intent of inking and using washes so it wouldn't show up in the photo.

Gateway Inn Sketch
Sepia Pigma Micron 05 pen and Daniel Smith Walnut Ink
7" x 10" Stillman & Birn Beta watercolor journal.
Penciled from life on July 9, 2013 while waiting for my van to go to an appointment, inked today while looking out the window adding the other buildings around it with the inking.

07-14-2013, 06:19 PM
Cool architecture.

07-14-2013, 07:39 PM
Purr, thank you! That's one of the toughest things I've ever done. I wanted to draw buildings like that ever since 1978 when I first moved here to San Francisco. I like this hotel too, and all the little two and three story Victorians with their bow or bay windows and individual ornaments. It might help that I'm doing them from life instead of from photos too, though I took photos of them to check later and see if I got it right.

07-15-2013, 01:45 PM
Added to the sketchwall today with a pastel cat from the same Spotlight challenge as the other ginger cat. Photo of sketchwall included.

Sketch on maroon velour for Spotlight Cat 2

Spotlight Cat 2 (Warm Background)
Girault and Gallery Hand-Rolled pastels on velour
8" x 10"

Sketchwall showing it next to the first one on the cool background.

07-15-2013, 02:07 PM
And a little Ari sketch caused by the "The Next Sketch Is..." thread ...

Ari cat under my chair in a bad pose, from life.
4 1/2" X 6 1/2"
Ballpoint pen on Stillman & Birn Beta watercolor journal.

07-16-2013, 04:58 PM
Cool cat. (Or should I say warm cat? :cat:) Glad to see Ari making an appearance.

Joan T
07-19-2013, 08:01 AM
Glad the cats are still among your favorite things to sketch. These are great! Good to see Ari again.

07-22-2013, 04:45 PM
Great sketches, Robert! You are so good at so many different media.

07-27-2013, 05:43 PM
Purr thank you! Michelle, I love changing media on almost everything. Rotating what I use keeps me fresh though I've got certain favorites.

Today did a Spotlight pastel sketch and photographed a life sketch in watersoluble pen wash that I'd forgotten to post last Tuesday. Stabilo colored fine tip pens and waterbrush for washing, very handy combination. Yes, that beige building behind the lurid green and blue and brown one has got a giant palm plant growing on its roof, that's some of what I liked about it. Had to combine brown and green ink to get that right.

Fruit Still Life from Spotlight
approx. 9" x 10 1/2"
Cretacolor Pastels Carre
on Aquabee Hemp Paper
Photo reference by HollyLL posted for July 2013 Spotlight Challenge

Here it is on the sketchwall:

Also sketched a building last Tuesday but forgot to post it:
Pen and wash life sketch of a corner building in San Francisco, visible from when I'm waiting for my ride outside the clinic. Top sketch is Ari from life in ballpoint pen.

07-27-2013, 08:37 PM
All your sketches are wonderful but I love the effects you got with the ink and wash on the corner building. Very well done Rob.


Joan T
07-27-2013, 08:40 PM
Nice sketches, Robert! I like the architecture and the fruit!

07-28-2013, 02:10 PM
Marvelous sketches.

07-31-2013, 03:45 PM
Wow, thank you! On the last day of the month I had my two-week shot appointment and the day was overcast - very good for photography and not too cold to go out in the garden and paint afterward.

Flower from life from SFGH memory garden
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Winsor & Newton watercolor on Moleskine pocket watercolor journal

Photo I took of the flower at the time for comparison:

I'll cross post it to the Artwork from Life forum.

Joan T
08-01-2013, 04:09 PM
Nice job on the flower, Robert!!!

08-01-2013, 05:21 PM
Beautiful flower.

08-01-2013, 09:54 PM
Thank you! Time for a new thread when I sketch something. I've got the itch to sketch tonight, just need to decide what subject and medium.