View Full Version : Michelle's 2014 sketches

03-15-2014, 08:50 AM
I haven't posted anything here in forever. I've gotten sidetracked with other things, and also joined a couple of sketching groups on Facebook. I'm now being bombarded with sketches to comment on without ever having to enter WetCanvas. Sometimes it's overwhelming. But I've missed my WC! friends.

Is anyone taking the Strathmore sketching workshop with Earnest Ward? It just started this week, and it's well worth it. Earnest is a fantastic sketcher, and is great at showing us how to do it. He is even putting "bonus videos"on his blog for the class.

Here are a couple of sketches I've done this week for the workshop.


03-15-2014, 09:01 AM
And here are some of the other sketches I've done this year.




(and by the way, the amaryllis was NOT the Apple Blossom variety, which would have been pink and white, but a magenta color instead, which was pretty but disappointing since I was expecting the Apple Blossom.)

Sketching the Olympics while watching tv.

One of my backyard trees during a February snowstorm.

And Last week, my sister Joan and I traveled to Myrtle Beach for a collage workshop, and took a day before and a day after the workshop for sketching.




Carole A
03-15-2014, 01:41 PM
Michelle ~

Thanks for the nudge on the Strathmore workshops. I plan to start tonight.

Of course, everyone on this forum knows Earnest Ward from his contributions here. As an Artist In Residence he produced a very fun and descriptive journal based on his time at Lake Chelan (I believe) in Washington State.

I'm loving your plant sketches which reminded me of a Facebook page: Botanical Art For Beginners. It is mind-blowing in my opinion, and if you're on FB look for it. An entry with a Papyrus drawing just captivated me so much that I'm looking for papyrus plants everywhere I go. Botanicals really appeal to me.

Sorry for taking your thread off topic. I won't do it again. I promise.


03-15-2014, 03:02 PM
Lovely, lovely sketches. Thanks for the heads up on Earnest. I've always wanted to learn from him.

Joan T
03-17-2014, 09:52 PM
Love the sketches of the amaryllis. I hope you plan on painting the last sketch of it too. I know you must have taken photos.

Having the day before and after the workshop for our sketching around Myrtle Beach worked out well. It is fun to sketch in such a different location.

I did watch the first lesson by Earnest. I think the new one is up today. Maybe I'll have time to watch it before I go to bed.

03-23-2014, 08:02 AM
Done yesterday from the car on the way back from picking up paintings from a show.
Vignette of a farm, quick painting without pencil.

The same scene in ink

An old (I think) abandoned farm near Goshen, NY

03-23-2014, 02:28 PM
Fabulous farm buildings.

Joan T
03-23-2014, 08:41 PM
You did a great job on the farm buildings! I'm amazed that you sketched so much of the last barn. I was concentrating on the one end and didn't realize it was so long. We will have to go up again and do the other barns we saw...if I can remember how we have to get to them. lol

03-23-2014, 08:46 PM
Thanks, Debby!

Maybe we should draw a map with the barns and the roads to get to them, Joan. LOL!

03-28-2014, 05:35 PM
This is a little bit more involved than what I usually consider a sketch. It's for Lesson 2 of the Earnest Ward Strathmore workshop. My sugar and creamer, done in tone and form - shadow and highlights - with #2B and #4B Derwent sketching pencils.


I procrastinated about starting this, and then picked a rainy day with not much light coming in my kitchen window, and stonewear that is black and brown on the outside, and off white on the inside. A bit of a challenge, but I think I pulled it off. I can see a few mistakes on the scan that I didn't notice when working on the drawing.

03-29-2014, 01:59 PM
Great sketch. I need to catch up on the class myself.

04-01-2014, 12:26 PM
Today is the start of Roz Stendahl's International Fake Journal Month, and I'm participating again. This time my alter-ego is someone who researches, plans, plants, and takes good care of her garden. Hahahaha! Unlike me, who will probably have to buy my flowers at the supermarket if I want to have any. Here is the first page:


I'm using a Strathmore mixed media journal, Micron Pigma 05 pens, and Gerald Brommer's "color independent of line" technique.

04-01-2014, 02:34 PM
Great start on the fake journal.

Joan T
04-01-2014, 08:44 PM
Mickey, good start on your fake journal! If you were here you could have done a garden with some snow patches, although you probably have that in your yard too. lol

04-02-2014, 01:34 PM
Nice work!

04-08-2014, 10:44 AM
I'm already behind in both journalling and posting, due to a bad cold and my scanner not working. Here are the next two spreads in my fake journal.



I'm having fun with this.

04-08-2014, 03:02 PM
Great flowers.

Joan T
04-09-2014, 06:51 AM
Glad to see you are catching up even though you weren't feeling well. Great floral pages!

04-09-2014, 08:23 AM
Thanks, Debby and Joan.

I did this one as a collage, and tried one of my colored pens, but not happy that the green one came out so pale.


04-09-2014, 03:36 PM
Lovely flowers and great quote.

04-11-2014, 08:52 PM



04-12-2014, 04:30 AM
A lovely series of sketches and the Audrey Hepburn quote is great

04-12-2014, 06:58 AM
Loving your sketching!

04-12-2014, 02:01 PM
Beautiful, beautiful flowers.

04-16-2014, 05:08 PM
Lovely work, Michelle! I enjoy the coloured daffodil bulb piece early on and I enjoy the line drawings with squares of bold colours in your later pieces :)

04-17-2014, 09:11 AM
Thanks, Vivien, Wagtail, Debby and EP! I'm having fun with this.

04-17-2014, 07:29 PM
Here are the next two spreads:



Yesterday my sister Joan and I went into NYC to see the American Watercolor Society show. The show doesn't open until 1:00, so we did some sketching and then had lunch first. Here is my sketch of Union Square, from the vantage point of the upper level of the Whole Foods building:


After lunch and viewing the show (an amazing show of some truly awesome watermedia), we went to Union Square Park and I did a sketch of a few of the vendors that were there. I didn't get to paint it, because by the time I got this far, the vendors were packing up, and we had to catch the train home.


04-17-2014, 08:15 PM

04-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Great sketches and fake journal entries.

04-18-2014, 05:46 PM
Trying to catch up with my fake journal.




04-19-2014, 04:08 PM
Today was Worldwide Sketchcrawl #43.

While I was taking my walk this morning, I was thinking about where I could go to do a solo sketchcrawl. I noticed a few little signs of spring, like some forsythia blooming, and Easter decorations, so when I finished, I went back out and retraced my route with my sketchbook, pens and small watercolor kit. I did four small sketches. After this past winter, (and snow on Monday), it felt so good to be warm and to see just the tiniest sign that spring was really going to make an appearance this year.



04-19-2014, 05:08 PM
Yeah, spring is coming. Great sketches.

Joan T
04-22-2014, 09:12 PM
The ones of the flowers really look so colorful! I like your sketch crawl sketches...fun scenes.

04-24-2014, 07:03 PM
Back to the fake journal.





04-24-2014, 07:06 PM
Yay! More cheerful flowers with colour swatches.

Boo for getting snow in mid-April.

04-25-2014, 02:28 PM
Beautiful pages.

04-25-2014, 04:35 PM
I recently joined an art journaling group on Facebook started by a friend. They decided to do a different "theme" every week. Just what I need is another group to post things with. LOL! This week's theme is to do a page about something we love. I chose to do it about my grandkids, and then spent all week trying to come up with a way to make a page with all eleven of my grandkids on it, and still make it look artistic. This is what I finally came up with.


Carole A
04-25-2014, 08:19 PM
WOW, Michelle! That "Grandmother" entry is so very special. I hope you're going to make cards from that or make reproductions and frame them for your lucky grandkids. They will treasure them forever.

(Note to self: copy Michelle's Grandmother journal entry.)

(Note to self #2: Don't tell anyone you did it. )

04-26-2014, 01:23 AM
Beautiful spring sketches!

04-26-2014, 04:34 PM
What a gorgeous page honoring your grandchildren.

Joan T
04-28-2014, 08:54 PM
Your idea for the journal page about the grandkids is so precious. Have any of the kids seen it yet?

04-30-2014, 08:48 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Yes, Joan, Kathy and some of the kids saw the "grandkid" journal page on my tablet.this weekend. And I made myself a T-shirt with that design thru Cafe Press. I hope their sizes run true. :-)

Joan T
05-01-2014, 05:04 PM
That will make a great t-shirt!

05-03-2014, 05:43 PM
Well, I started to catch up, then got sidetracked by getting ready for a weekend in Pennsylvania and hadn't done any pages for a while. Catching up again, and even though April is over, I plan to finish all 31 page spreads, lying about the dates. After all, it is a "fake".





05-04-2014, 02:18 PM
Delightful and beautiful. Like your attitude of fake. :)

05-05-2014, 05:37 PM
Thanks, Debby. I don't think Roz Stendahl (creator of International Fake Journal Month) would agree, as journaling every day in real time is important, even though the actual events are fake. LOL! But not everyone (me) is disciplined enough to do that. And so, here are some more fake dated pages:



05-06-2014, 02:48 PM
The flowers in April is a wonderful theme. Great pages.

Joan T
05-09-2014, 04:55 PM
Glad you are finishing this. I like the way they look!