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Jael S
12-31-2007, 02:48 AM
Welcome to the Watercolor Virtual Visual Journal!

This was an idea that Teea and I came up with, inspired by the General Sketchbook in the Drawing and Sketching forum. We decided that while we have the gallery, we really do not have a forum to show just SKETCHES.

So this is going to be our virtual visual journal.

Anything watercolor is accepted, (watercolors, watercolor pencils, minimum amounts of ink as long as it's all mostly watercolors!) and we hope that everyone will share bits and pieces of their journals, sketches, etc., done with this wonderful medium.

For those who'd like a challenge, here are some things to get you started:

A Mile away from Home. (http://onemilefromhome.blogspot.com/)
This is inspired by something I saw on a journal (if anyone knows the link to said blogspot, please link it!)
The goal is to walk at least one mile away from home every day and sketch what you see, USING WATERCOLORS. That's the first rule. The second rule is, it has to be a minimum of one mile. Hey, it gives us exercise, too.:lol:

The second thing you can try out:
Every Day Matters' list:
You can find the link HERE: http://karenwinters.com/kblog/edm-challenge-list/

Again. THESE MUST BE DONE WITH WATERCOLORS somewhere in them.

For those of us who are lazier (:lol:) let's just share our sketches! And here's to hopefully a new tradition.

Jael S
12-31-2007, 03:13 AM
And I have to post my own sketches.... as soon as I find my camera:lol:

Teea
12-31-2007, 03:16 AM
Popping in to say hi too- :wave:

New year is almost here guys; time to make promises for the coming year! Eeeek! Each year, my promise has been to make one sketch a day- have to be honest here, it's been more like a sketch-a-week when working alone :lol: in a group, this will be fun! Hey, a Great way to keep those skills from disappearing!

Looking forward to see many of familiar faces and new artists to show some watery greatness what can be only achieved with this medium- now go doodle and post as soon as you can!


See y'all later.
~Julia

mhimeswc
12-31-2007, 10:38 AM
Here is the link to One Mile From Home - http://onemilefromhome.blogspot.com/

Wish I had the discipline to do something like that.

Michelle

JudiPatooti
12-31-2007, 12:09 PM
This is a nice idea and I know I could use some inspiration to begin a journal/sketchbook myself.

Just trying to help----I think you should have this thread moved to the "Palette Talk" section of this forum, though. I believe that's where something like this belongs and I'm sure it will be seen a lot more there. Good luck with this. It sounds like fun!

Judi (P.S. If you PM Doug (Yorky) or Sylvia (Paintbearer) they should be able to tell you where this belongs for the most benefit to yourself and others. I think they can move it, too.)

Jael S
12-31-2007, 03:48 PM
Lol Judi, this thread was moved here by Yorky because he thought it was more fit to be in the Gallery! lol. Since the palette talk is usually more offtopic and art isn't posted there.

Michelle, thank you for the link!

Don't be afraid to post here, people! we do not bite.:lol:

HarvestMoon
12-31-2007, 05:25 PM
I love the paintings..... but honestly, everyone seems to have a lengthy blog these days, and while that is great..... I would love it if you guys would just post your watercolor sketches here....so I can do my 'drive by' and take a peek....

but the websites ARE lovely- don't get me wrong- and family and friends will really cherish reading them....

Jael S
12-31-2007, 06:28 PM
Linda, that's what we're attempting to do. lol. It gives us all a reason to practice, seeing that our peers are practicing! I'll post some soon.

edit, here's mine.
apparently my scanner sucks so it kills all the colors! D: it looks so much better on my sketchbook...
i need a camera.
First one was from imagination, second one from staring at someone's drawing (they say immitation is the best form of flattery? xD)

I'm just getting into watercolors >.> so forgive the messes.

MoJoe
01-01-2008, 12:50 AM
Good luck with this thread, These are sketches I did on the beach for a painting I donated to a schools silent auction.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2007/49854-guard_tower.jpg

Jael S
01-01-2008, 12:54 AM
Ohh, thank you, Joe!
Is the one on the top right corner the back of the beach house thing?

EDIT:
Here's another quickie.

MoJoe
01-01-2008, 01:34 AM
did this onsite sketch for my painting McMurry's Ranch in Sonoma county.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2008/49854-Mcmurrys-Ranch.gif

Jael S
01-01-2008, 01:39 AM
I love the red little brush stroke at the bottom left, and the orange.
Which orange is that? (name)

MoJoe
01-01-2008, 01:45 AM
Found another one, it's a color study I did of Napa Valley in CA.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2008/49854-Napa.gif

MoJoe
01-01-2008, 02:04 AM
Last one for tonight, study of waves, and there is a pear there also.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2008/49854-waves.gif

Yorky
01-01-2008, 05:18 AM
Just an explanation, I moved the thread to the Gallery as I assumed these were all finished pages from your journals.

Doug

Jael S
01-01-2008, 05:36 AM
Doug,

I'm sorry! I was talking about sketches mostly... although I think it depends on what people consider to be 'finished' for their individual pieces. It's a loose interpretation, really.
Would it stay here in the WC gallery or moved to palette talk?

pao
01-01-2008, 06:24 AM
:wave: Hi Jael, do you prefer Jay?
I'm too tired to post right now, I just wanted to connect.
This is a great idea.
Happy New Year,
Pamela

Yorky
01-01-2008, 07:27 AM
Well, we all make mistakes, I re-read the Studio posting rules and think that probably that is the correct place for the thread, so I'll move it and leave a redirect :o

Doug

CharM
01-01-2008, 09:56 AM
Good morning and Happy New Year Jael (Jay)!!! My 2008 goal was to begin work on a journal and I have a brand new page staring at me... I'll scan and post my first entry when I'm able to make it... has to be today, of course... :)

pjartwc
01-01-2008, 10:15 AM
I'm kind of taken by the "Every Day Matters' list" as a challenge. Not only can each item develope drawing skills, they can also each help perfecting watercolor skills, especially if the subject is done in watercolor direct without any pencil drawing. The journal, although I do walk every day - weather permitting - seems more like a chore and I prefer my walking and painting done for pleasure.

CharM
01-01-2008, 10:28 AM
Hi Jan... Yes, I reviewed the list, too... but I love the concept that Every Day Matters... and I think that's how I'll title my journal... It will help me focus on what matters to me... Personalizing our lists makes them meaningful to us...

Violetta
01-01-2008, 02:03 PM
What a great idea! I can't say I'll do a sketch EVERY day but this will definitely help me do them more often. I'm aboard!:)

Jael S
01-01-2008, 03:23 PM
Good morning and happy new year, everyone!!!!
Pamela, you can call me whichever! lol I get called Jael, Jay, lee, and a million user names. <3

I'm glad to see there's more people willing to participate!!!! welcome aboard!

Jan, I've heard people who thought of the idea of walk a mile a day more of a chore lol... I personally live in Minnesota. I've been living here for about two years, so I don't know all of the state. Walking for me and drawing what I see, and the history behind some buildings, turns into a lot more fun. Also getting away from the state whenever I can :lol:

Doug, thank you for leaving a redirect!

Uschi
01-01-2008, 05:28 PM
Wonderful idea!!!!!!!! Over the last few years I have become way too lazy and falling back more and more on tracing my images from a computer print-out and I am getting to the point where I find this very limiting and it has basically killed any drawing skills I had. Recently I have been dwelling on the idea of getting back to "drawing". What better way than to start with "sketching". This might also be a good way to use up my sheets of hot pressed paper that I erronously bought some time ago.

I really like the subject list provided since I am constantly running out of ideas.

But I want to make doubly sure, we are NOT required to provide one each day, do we???
Uschi

Teea
01-01-2008, 06:11 PM
Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Uschi, glad to see you liked the idea! It's just a one way of doing a sketch each day- please do what feels the most comfortable to you; no rules here :cat:

Jael S
01-01-2008, 07:58 PM
Uschi, no, you can just provide a sketch whenever you want, really.
I just post mine more often because I have nothing to do and a scanner close to me :lol:

Jael S
01-01-2008, 10:01 PM
Here is another one.
You can definitely tell that a) the scanner went back to hating me.
b) I am not using actual watercolor paper, due to all the buckling. >.< This is all just practice. Here you go.

http://i13.tinypic.com/6txzwya.jpg

CharM
01-02-2008, 02:00 AM
Here's my very first entry... the paper is 140# cp Fabriano, torn into small sheets of 7 x 9.5... Lyra watercolour pencils and a little white gouache for the snow...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2008/20514-Journal1.jpg

petalo_blu
01-02-2008, 12:22 PM
Hello!

It's my first post here on WC (had to find courage first ;)).
Jay, I'm glad you started this tread...I'm an absolute beginner as I paint way to rarely... so this sounds like a great motivation to paint as often as possible.
I'm not sure if my little painting can be considered a skech and if I'm on right place to post it... anyway hope so and I'll try to join in with more soon.
I made this today with Cotman watercolors and it's my first try on Arches 300 lb.
Happy painting in 2008 to everybody!

Jona

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2008/73363-oranges.jpg

Yorky
01-02-2008, 12:33 PM
Welcome to the Watercolor forum Jona- lovely painting.


Now you have broken the ice I look forward to seeing more of your paintings.

Doug

mmcaloon
01-02-2008, 12:38 PM
What a neat idea this thread is.

Like Uschi have thinking about concentrating more on drawing as soon as I finish this color business I am working with now.

Jona welcome to the forum and your first post is lovely and so well done. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Jael S
01-02-2008, 02:07 PM
Char, what a great way to start the year!!!! :lol::lol:! Balloons and all!
I have found out with whatercolor pencils that to get finer detail, you just wet the brush and brush it against the pencil/crayon, then onto the paper. it also gives even brighter, more intense colors.

Jona, that's a wonderful painting!!!!! Welcome to the Watercolor Forum and to WC! :wave: you can post here if you don't feel ready to post in the big gallery *giggles* it can be intimidating. I love the colors! we can be beginners together lolol. I'm a total beginner as well. I'm using student grade watercolors...and might soon switch because mine don't harden in their small watercolor box like I wanted them to (additives, I suppose).

Mike, welcome to the sketchbook! Teea and I were wanting to make this a tradition, so that we could start Watercolor Sketchbook threads a few times a year (two, three?) once these got too long. It makes it easier than having to click through a million bloggers lol. and definitely gives us more inspiration.

Jael S
01-02-2008, 10:15 PM
Here we go!

The guys at the chat room dared me to draw my interpretation of 'love'.

Done on a 4" x 6" card!

petalo_blu
01-03-2008, 11:17 AM
Doug, Mike and Jay, thank you very much for the warm welcome and encouraging words.

Jay, your peaches are beautiful... would love to be able to paint so loose.

Jona

Jael S
01-03-2008, 01:50 PM
Jona, just slap paint around lololol that's what I do!

wishfulthinking
01-04-2008, 02:22 AM
I really like the idea of both A Mile Away From Home and Every Day Matters. Since it was way to cold to take a walk today, I tried number one on the list and here is my result. This is my first post and I am definitely a novice so would love any advice. Thanks
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2008/89159-shoe.JPG

pjartwc
01-04-2008, 07:04 AM
Great Job!

Jael S
01-04-2008, 02:10 PM
Wishfulthinking, welcome to CC!:wave: Glad you could join us!!!
I love the shoe. And the fact that you went with the darkest darks you could possibly achieve, a lot of people are afraid of color :lol: I'm still working on not being flimsy with my darks! was the inside of the shoe that light gray, however? in my mind, for a shoe.. the way the light reflects would mean that the inside was darker... unless there was a light running horizontal to it, that would light the shoe. i dont know, that's just how its registering in my brain lol.

As for advice, I'm a total novice, too! you'll have to wait for Doug, or Char, or one of the more experienced artists, and they'll give you good advice.

Well done, however!!:thumbsup:

wishfulthinking
01-04-2008, 03:10 PM
Thanks for your comments! There really is a grayish tan strip on the inside of the shoe, but it does stand out too much. I probably should glaze over it to knock it back a bit. BTW, I did do the walk today!:)

Dale Ziegler
01-04-2008, 11:37 PM
Here's one from my travel sketch book, done some years ago on Sanibel Island. I tape the edges to get a more finished look. I can't travel much anymore, but looking at these old sketches bring back many memories.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2008/89779-Sanibel_sketch.jpg

wishfulthinking
01-04-2008, 11:46 PM
Wow Dale, thats really nice!

pjartwc
01-05-2008, 07:27 AM
Nice job Dale! You are right, sketching and painting on trips really make you remember them so much more than just photos. The hard thing is to get your companion (s) to join you.

pjartwc
01-05-2008, 08:44 AM
Old Shoes. This is from the list of things to draw/paint every day. I'll be lucky if I get one a week. I deliberately made this rather sketchy as I need the practice in letting up a little - really do paint too tightly. This was fun, didn't worry too much about getting it perfect.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/116333-Old_Shoes.jpg

Uschi
01-05-2008, 09:40 AM
WOW, you guys are doing a fantastic job, love those shoes and Dale, that is a sketch and a half!!!
Uschi

Dale Ziegler
01-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Don't want to bore you, but here are two more from the same trip.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/89779-sanibel2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/89779-sanibel3.jpg

artbyboon
01-05-2008, 02:03 PM
Great thread:clap:

I have found that a Graphitint watercolour pencil and my sketch book is all I need to create small paintings when on my travels. I later work from these to produce finished paintings. These are just a few of many I have.....





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/86331-P9200127.JPG




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/86331-P9200128.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/86331-P9200130.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/86331-P1060003.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/86331-P1060006.JPG

Jael S
01-05-2008, 06:25 PM
Oh wow, guys! these are gorgeous! LOL. So much for being sketches!!! keep them coming! this inspires me to seriously try my hardest.

Dale, that shell is so very .....wow. i love the soft, muted colors. Gives it an air of mystique.

PJ, haha. great shoes! See, I have a problem with doing 'tight' watercolors..for some odd reason i just can't seem to manage without my watebrush spilling all over and making it all lose.

Joane, gorgeous!!! where were those drawn? the buildings are the sort of buildings I adore.

Great work you guys! keep them coming!
I'll post some as soon as I can get to a scanner lol

CharM
01-05-2008, 11:44 PM
Everyone's sketches are so beautiful! They really look more like finished paintings!

I planned for my book to be more of a Journal, so I won't share every entry... and I have been sketching with my wc pencils... I do plan to make up a travel watercolour kit, though... I can keep that with my journal.

Anyway... here's a quickie I did on the 3rd...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/20514-Journal2a.jpg

MLight
01-06-2008, 07:27 PM
This is such a wonderful idea!
For some reason, I find myself reluctant to commit on line, but it has motivated me to take another approach.
I live in Idaho, my Sister lives in Fairbanks, AK. I do watercolor and sculpture, she does wonderful bead work, is a writer and dabbles in acrylics. Actually, her drawing skills are much better than mine.
I want to improve my drawing skills (as if I have ANY) and we both feel the need for a kick to get us going in the creative area.
I decided I would take this as a personal challenge, and then asked her to join me. We agreed to do this together, it will be fun. Her weekly challenges might be different than mine, based on her individual interest, but we will be sharing our progress, attempts and failures together. I've also added a personal motto for me:
Nothing is too rudimentary for me to share. I will not question my capabilities, just my commitment.

Thank you soooooo much for the idea.
I will sign this:
Stuck in a creative rut, but hoping to get better.
Michelle L

mmcaloon
01-06-2008, 07:30 PM
As some may know, I have been doing alot of work studying color using class and Itten's book on color as a guide. I've been using the same magnolia drawing and have first approached just the color schemes ( see here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=464029) and my signature line )
Anyway, now I am dealing with contrasts of color. The first is contrasts of intensity, here are the sketchs of high, medium, and low key contrasts. The only color is Daniel Smiths Underseas Green I have used tints and shades( via its complement winsoe violet) really shows what can be done with just one hue. The next painting will be also using just that color but will be larger and full key range.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2008/54420-Contrasts_of_Intensity.jpg

MLight
01-06-2008, 07:32 PM
Great thread:clap:

I have found that a Graphitint watercolour pencil and my sketch book is all I need to create small paintings when on my travels. I later work from these to produce finished paintings. These are just a few of many I have.....

What is a Graphitint watercolour pencil and where do I purchase it?
Thanks,
Michelle L

Jael S
01-07-2008, 03:57 AM
Michelle, WELCOME!
This is a thread for all to share our little ideas, and seeing your progress here is definitely something we're looking forward to, and we encourage you and your friend to share!!! I know the watercolor gallery can get intimidating, so this thread is here to help you along. We'd love to see you, and everyone else drawing more often! Welcome to the Sketchbook! Also, Michelle, here's what a graphitint looks like: http://www.dickblick.com/zz220/39a/

They're made by derwent, and it's pretty much just a watercolor pencil. I don't know who sells them open stock, and apparently dickblick only sells the set, but it does come with a sketchbook :lol: --- Cheapjoes has the smaller sets of graphitints (the ones that are 6 colors, or 12 colors, not 24. seems like too many). I have a set of faber-castell watercolor pencils coming my way, and am planning on buying some Caran D'ache neocolors II. Their colors are gorgeous if you use the wet brush against the crayon.

Mike, I'm trying to teach myself color and I'm completely stuck LOL. I've never taken an art class, so it's all so very complicated to learn by myself! I love the flower! I have your study of colors with the same flower as one of my favorites in my fave list. such gorgeous color, and you're definitely consistent in that flower! great, great work! keep it coming!

MLight
01-07-2008, 01:20 PM
Michelle, WELCOME!
This is a thread for all to share our little ideas, and seeing your progress here is definitely something we're looking forward to, and we encourage you and your friend to share!!! I know the watercolor gallery can get intimidating, so this thread is here to help you along. We'd love to see you, and everyone else drawing more often! Welcome to the Sketchbook! Also, Michelle, here's what a graphitint looks like: http://www.dickblick.com/zz220/39a/

They're made by derwent, and it's pretty much just a watercolor pencil. I don't know who sells them open stock, and apparently dickblick only sells the set, but it does come with a sketchbook :lol: --- Cheapjoes has the smaller sets of graphitints (the ones that are 6 colors, or 12 colors, not 24. seems like too many). I have a set of faber-castell watercolor pencils coming my way, and am planning on buying some Caran D'ache neocolors II. Their colors are gorgeous if you use the wet brush against the crayon.


Thanks for the info, I'll look it up :)
Michelle L

petalo_blu
01-07-2008, 03:52 PM
Wonderful paintings, everyone.

Jan P., I love your old shoes! May I ask you which watercolors do you paint with?

My second try this year (the cup is from the WC reference library).
Critique more than welcome... wanna learn. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2008/73363-Kopija_od_7.1.08.jpg

Jona

Jael S
01-07-2008, 04:51 PM
Jona, lovely cup!
However, I would like to see the reference picture, because for some odd reason when I look at the values, I feel like some parts of that cup and the painting in general could be definitely a lot darker (are you afraid of using your darkest darks?)

also, not sure what, but something about the little plate where the cup is lying bothers me a bit...

ReesArt
01-08-2008, 10:55 AM
:wave:Jay, this is a really neat thread...I'm loving all your painting guys...:thumbsup:

Here's a couple from my journal, they are not the greatest but gives me some ideas of where I'm going with a painting or where I want to go...;)

Tiger Lily Study

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2008/100133-lilydec07_0003.jpg


Study of Byron Pickering Technique - Waves (done with watercolour pencils)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2008/100133-wavesdec07_0001.jpg

Jael S
01-08-2008, 03:19 PM
Welcome, Ree!
I love those waves!!!! goodness, they're gorgeous!
well done! welcome to the Journal!

Here's my own for the day:
It's from imagination, no reference picture (hence the ugly looking 'blanket' at the back LOL).

Don't you just hate it when there's a point in time where you wish you would have stopped painting, but kept on going and messed it up? yeah.


http://bp3.blogger.com/_diukgYxN5pM/R4PK6xZLjmI/AAAAAAAAAHg/lqgNMdPV9V0/s1600-h/berries.jpg

wishfulthinking
01-08-2008, 08:45 PM
But what nice cherries!

petalo_blu
01-09-2008, 06:37 AM
Thank you for your observations, Jay! :)
How right you are about me being afraid of darks... 90% of my paintings are even brighter and paler than this one. Till you pointed it out I wasn't able too see that the cup is darker than the rest of the painting... it may be because I had the reference photo just of the cup...wasn't able to make it right all together... ;)
About the plate ... I see it (only now) that it dosn't look round (could it be this that bothers you?) and I think I overdone it...just added colour over and over but made it worse...
I'm sending you the reference photo via PM if you really wanna see it. Thanks for your time. I really do appreciate it!

pjartwc
01-09-2008, 07:12 AM
Thank you. For the old shoes, I used Windsor Newton - Brown Madder, Cadnium Orange, Windsor Blue. I do like your drawing very much. Cups are suprisingly hard to draw correctly. I do thing a few well chosen areas of rich darks under the saucer area and in the handle would make this painting come alive. JanP

Wonderful paintings, everyone.

Jan P., I love your old shoes! May I ask you which watercolors do you paint with?

My second try this year (the cup is from the WC reference library).
Critique more than welcome... wanna learn. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2008/73363-Kopija_od_7.1.08.jpg

Jona

Jael S
01-09-2008, 11:47 AM
The following images do not have watercolors in them because they are for learning purposes, helping someone out. Sorry!
Jona,

good self critique! yes, what was bothering me, now that you pointed it out, was perspective.
here's my attempt. you can tell my image of perspective still sucks (and i scanned the image wrong LOL so it looks sideways), but you see where I'm going with it. There's some links around WC about drawing 101 classes where they teach perspective, just do a search for it. (i'll put it all on one attachment)


also, I asked about the cup because I learned a cool little trick from people on WC, and it is to take my drawing, and my reference picture, and change them to grayscale to see where I could STILL go darker. It helps me getting rid of my fear of colors! lolol. here's yours:

Hope it helped!

MLight
01-09-2008, 10:44 PM
I understand from reading the original post that I should post a sketch using watercolor pencils, watercolors, etc.
I love the challenge but when I was confronted with wc pencils, or ANY un-eresable (sp?) medium I froze.
But, if you will accept it as a part of my journey, here is my first attemt at week 1 - draw a shoe
Sketch: Grandma's Wedding Boots
Medium: graphite Pencil
Size: 9 3/4 X 9 inches
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2008/89235-weddingboots.jpg
I do hope to turn this into a watercolor drawing. All C&C's are welcome.
Thanks,
Michelle L

Jael S
01-09-2008, 10:52 PM
Michelle, I love those shoes! and the pearls! so pretty!
Definitely looking forward to your watercolor version, lol after all, that's the point of this journal.

pao
01-10-2008, 06:10 AM
:clap: I stopped by earlier tonight and had just enough time to read from where I last popped in some days back.
Just Wonderful! Love the range and variety of sketches and materials used.
I'm in awe of artists that have "sketchbooks" that you could frame pretty much EVERYTHING in them:D and so neat they could be published.
I wish that were more my way, my organizational side just loves that, unfortunately I'm one of those artists that is very messy. The organizer in me comes around regularly though and cleans everything up again:lol:
I decided this last year I would go back through my "sketchy sketch book" and finish things up in my own way. It was an interesting exercise, perhaps I'll post some of those.
When I went through and looked @ that particular sketchbook I could tell I've improved in some ways, I just feel slooow.
I remind myself to be patient and keep learning as much as I can, practice, practice, practice:D .
I think it was Mike that mentioned Itten's book- that book has been on my list.
So very much to appreciate from ALL of you.
I promise I'll post something soon, especially now that I seen a few non wc things.
Happy sketching!
Pamela

Jael S
01-10-2008, 12:40 PM
Wishful, thank you for the comment on the cherries! I didn't see it, since it was one line :lol: forgive me for that :o

Welcome to the journal, Pam!
yes, this is definitely an awesome place to share those sketches, even though from what I've seen a bunch of the sketches are worth framing! haha. :lol: but I love seeing that! it makes me want to get better!

I MUST REMIND EVERYONE, HOWEVER. That the things posted in this journal MUST be in watercolor. those two posts there became a bit of an exception because I wanted to help Joan out, and thought any other newbies that might come across this thread might benefit from the information if it was posted there instead of PMs. And Michelle's boots will soon eventually be turned into a watercolor drawing.

wishfulthinking
01-10-2008, 07:50 PM
Mike, I thought I had posted a response to your color study entry, but can't find it. Anyway, thanks for sharing with us. I visited your site and loved it!

tamslines
01-14-2008, 01:38 AM
Hi All,

This is my first time posting in WC, although I have been lurking for a while. I do most of my painting in my sketchbook and wasn't sure where to post it untill you started this thread, Jay. Thank you. The background came out a little blue but the shell colors and tone are pretty close to RI.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2008/88515-Three_Shells.jpg

petalo_blu
01-14-2008, 07:23 AM
JanP, thank you very much for the suggestions and for the colors info. :)

Jay, thanks a lot for helping me out. :) Both tips are really valuable. Perspective is greek to me...will dedicate time to learn it.

Tamslines, welcome to the forum. :wave: Nice shells.

Jael S
01-14-2008, 11:55 AM
Welcome to WC and to the Journal, Tam!:wave: Lovely shells there!!!!:clap: No worries about the background, they still look lovely! what WCs were they done with?

Jona, you're welcome! :heart:

tamslines
01-14-2008, 12:21 PM
Thanks, Jay. :wave: Sorry, I forgot to put that info in there...I used Daniel Smith watercolors.

Tami (forgot to sign last night too:rolleyes: )

Jael S
01-14-2008, 01:52 PM
Very pretty, Tami!!! Love it :D keep them coming!

tamslines
01-15-2008, 02:38 PM
I did this one in my sketchbook, last night, using Daniel Smith wc's. I was trying to practice painting rust. I enjoyed doing it so much that I may try an actual painting but rest it on something so it's http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jan-2008/88515-Hook_for_WC.jpg not floating in space. My shadow looks a little off on the tip but I was making up the light direction as my lamps were casting odd shadows...

C&C welcome. Tami

Jael S
01-15-2008, 03:59 PM
Very well done, Tami!
I like it. Is the shadow supposed to be that long instead of a bit curvier, though?

Here's mine, a blurry picture from my small sketchbook:

tamslines
01-15-2008, 10:01 PM
I like your sketch, Jay. I had a small sketch book forever and the last time I ordered one, on-line, I accidently ordered a 12"X9" :eek: . What I realized though was I do much better in a larger sketchbook, so it turned out to be a wonderful "mistake".

As to my shadow, yes, it is a little off, didn't realize it till it was posted. That's what I get for making up the light direction:lol:

Tami

Jael S
01-16-2008, 09:19 AM
Lol, :lol: I can't work that big for some odd reason...well, I haven't tried. I'm sure it'd be fun if I did, but I like working in very small scales right now, haha.
Thank you :D!

Jael S
01-26-2008, 08:01 PM
oh wow this fell off the first page.
just bringing it back up for people to share, will soon upload my own!

Teea
02-28-2008, 12:07 PM
Howdy strangers :p

can't feel more guilty of not participating in any art projects, but that is going to be fixed now. Awesome work everyone!

My latest inspiration has been coming from bugs...aye, the creepy stuff you don't want to touch you, but do look very pretty. I'm searching for every available reference of beetles and other crawlies; for a nice surprise there seems to be quite alot of them, even copyright free!

First sketch of a bee :D got tired in the middle..might show (what an ugly butt it has..*whistles*).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2008/84111-WatercolorBee.jpg

And off to do another one!
~Julia

Jael S
02-28-2008, 08:05 PM
lol ugly butt but that's a lovely sketch!!!!! how did you get such fine detail?

rain24
03-06-2008, 05:28 PM
yeah i don't see any uglies here. you need glasses :p .

LOL

Carole A
03-09-2008, 12:19 AM
Doug, could this be a sticky? I think in the drawing/sketching forum, their sketchbook thread is and it's always there, might get more participation.

Thanks,
Carole A

Yorky
03-09-2008, 06:37 AM
Carole, if you post every day there will be no need to stick the thread - it will always be near the top ;)

Doug

ICanDoIt
03-10-2008, 05:14 PM
I was interested in finding examples of people in different positions. I found some good ones in morguefile. Here is a sketch I did for a woman standing on the curb. Watercolor with india ink added after the color.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2008/128353-Sketch_Lady_on_curb.jpg

Ed

Yorky
03-10-2008, 05:29 PM
It's always good to practise poses Ed, see if you can find "People Painting Scrapbook" by W. Everett Draper in the local library - it's an excellent toturial.

Doug

ICanDoIt
03-12-2008, 10:32 PM
Doug,

Thank you for the suggestion. I have been slowly working my way through many watercolor books in our library system. I did a search and found the 'People Painting Scrapbook', and also 'Putting People In Your Paintings' by J.Everett Draper. They should catch up to me in a few days. :)

Ed

Jakesgram
03-16-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new to this thread, and I am blown away by how good the work in your journals is! I love getting a peek.

I have an Arches Carnet de Voyage (travel book) that I took with me to Italy last year. I did some sketching and later finished some of the pages into "finished" watercolor sketches. I will post some of those later, but here is my latest. Last week I went to the beach with my daughter and grandson. While they were taking a walk, I sat and painted the waves and rocks and lifeguard tower. I love the texture of this paper and I also LOVE the Cotman field travel kit I purchased recently. It has 1/2 pans of Cotman, kind of standard colors. But there is something really smooth and intense about these colors that I don't seem to get out of tube paints.

Anyway, this is Oceanside Beach, in front of the power plant. . .

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2008/127224-Oceanside_power_plant_-_3-13-08.jpg

bond
03-17-2008, 10:39 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2008/106412-Journal_Notes_for_Frog_and_Friend_600x450.jpg

I was thinking that it would be great to see how people plan for their paintings. Here is an example of how I did one of my more detailed plans. I often also do color tests on scrap trim from the water color paper to see how the value of color will test out. Below is the final pictures maked after the Journal Note. Note the light spot in the center is reflection of the flash in the glass of the painting after it was framed.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2008/106412-S7300012_550x393.jpg

lyn lynch
04-02-2008, 01:19 AM
The froggie is wonderful.

I would love the Draper book--Love it!!

I bought a journal yesteday--going to spend the summer working on drawing.

Yorky
04-02-2008, 04:30 AM
Lovely shoreline Jean, and that froggie is wonderful - the fly living dangerously :lol:

I am expecting delivery of a Lamy pen and Noodler's bombproof ink today so that I can do a journal of my travels - already got my sketchbook. I usually sketch in pencil and wash, but I'm going to try pen and wash for a change.

Doug

elizabeth8
04-03-2008, 03:57 AM
Fantastic shoe. It looks like your eye is well-trained with your hand. The shoe is realistic without being photographic. You strike a nice balance that is painterly and interesting.

ICanDoIt
04-04-2008, 01:25 AM
This is a quick sketch of a mountain stream in New Zealand. The reference photo is from my son who is visiting there now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2008/128353-New_Zealand_stream.jpg

It was done with ink and watercolor on sketch book 100 lb paper. That is supposed to be a waterfall at top center. I have been trying to work on rocks recently. I might try a full size painting of this.

Ed

Laurie2
04-04-2008, 05:18 AM
Love this thread...it was the 'Challenge' word again that caught my eye....I have a b'day coming up soon...a sketchbook/Diary will be on my wish list and I will endeavour to make a beautifully clean and tidy Diary from it...
I do enjoy browsing through your sketch books with you....so much lovely work....:thumbsup:
I have WC pencils so will attempt the 1 mile from home (by car) :)
Looking forward to this....:wave:

gakinme
05-16-2008, 03:14 AM
Thank you to Jay for starting this thread. I am totally new to watercolor and don't even know exactly how they work. But I would like to try learning to sketch in watercolor at least once a day.

Here are my two attempts today. I wonder if I should put some brief outlines in color with a pen for these.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc2.jpg

Yorky
05-16-2008, 06:31 AM
Please note the change of title - if you keep posting the thread will stay at the top of the forum.

Doug

aszurblue
05-16-2008, 11:31 AM
I love this idea!! So we either need to start a new one or keep this one going
I don't know how I missed this to begin with... Azure

lpb
05-16-2008, 11:47 AM
Ed. I really like your waterfall!

PS Just as we try to include format & paint info with our regular paintings, I would be really interested to know type/size of sketchbook people are using!

Yorky
05-16-2008, 12:18 PM
I love this idea!! So we either need to start a new one or keep this one going
I don't know how I missed this to begin with... Azure

Just keep adding to this thread, no need to start new ones for your Journal pics.

Doug

gakinme
05-16-2008, 03:19 PM
I use a cheapo Co-Mo Sketch 80 pound 6x6 inch pad by Aquabee for sketching because I'm still learning. The wonderful thing about this little pad is that it is designed to accept wet media, pen and ink. I pour water over it and use my finger to swish all over the surface for a quick wash and as soon as I finishe applying water, it dries quickly and it doesn't buckle at all. Amazing for a thin sheet of paper. Only US$2.99 for 30 sheets pad.

I use a 6 color Prang watercolor kid set for now. When I finish with this ink, I would put tube ink in it. I carry an airline 4 inch sized plastic bottle they give out for alcohol and swish a brush in it which is faster than the waterbrushes and covers more.

I have been sketching this morning around my neighborhood and I usually photoshop my results too. Tell me if this journal only accepts the real thing and not digitally fixed pieces.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc1_ps.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc2_ps.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc_bambooPS.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2008/86669-wc_rocksPS.jpg

Yorky
05-16-2008, 04:02 PM
Brilliant colours Sandra!

Doug

Lemonhead
05-18-2008, 01:18 PM
Great Thread I just found it, keep posting!!
Zoo sketch done on homemade 6x10 sketchbook (Arches text wove), love to experiment on different papers. About 1/2 hour using Escoda #8 travel brush.
No pencil sketch just started drawing/paiting with the brush.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2008/27010-JLH_PBsketch00.jpg

I recently went to Chicago to see the Winslow Homer Exhibit, and did some wc sketches there, will post them here as soon as my scanner is up and running again.

Yorky
05-18-2008, 01:31 PM
Lovely sketch Jeffrey, loved your sketch blog - so talented.

Keep 'em coming.

Doug

Jael S
05-19-2008, 03:55 PM
Great Thread I just found it, keep posting!!
Zoo sketch done on homemade 6x10 sketchbook (Arches text wove), love to experiment on different papers. About 1/2 hour using Escoda #8 travel brush.
No pencil sketch just started drawing/paiting with the brush.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2008/27010-JLH_PBsketch00.jpg

I recently went to Chicago to see the Winslow Homer Exhibit, and did some wc sketches there, will post them here as soon as my scanner is up and running again.

I am so absolutely in love D: it's soooo pretty!!!!!

gakinme
05-19-2008, 05:07 PM
Thank you, Doug.

Jeffrey, your sketch of the polar bear is so refined and detailed. Very pretty.

I have more bright colored stuff so shield your eyes a bit.

I did these two in a quick watercolor sketch en plein air. It's not that bad but adding photo shop effects to it makes them prettier I think.

I'll post the original and the photoshopped ones. I outlined them with Sharpie ultrafine marker and added Prismacolor pencil for some areas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2008/86669-IMG_1999.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2008/86669-wc_sketch2_inkoutlines.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2008/86669-IMG_2000.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2008/86669-wc_sketch1_darkstrokes.JPG

ICanDoIt
05-19-2008, 06:12 PM
Here is a sketch with ink and wash. I have named it Garrison Road Home. It is from a photo that I made near home. The reference photo is in the RIL.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2008/128353-Garrison_Road_Home.jpg

The sky is a light cerulean blue that does not show up in the scan. The sketchbook is 60 lb paper. WN Cotman colors.
Thanks for looking.
Ed

gakinme
05-22-2008, 01:24 AM
Ed, I like the birdhouse on the pole and the colors used.

ICanDoIt
05-22-2008, 03:18 AM
Thanks Lorraine and Sandra for your kind words. :)
Tami, sorry to be so late in telling you, I really like your sketch of the Hay Hook.:clap:

This is a sketch that I made to prepare for a larger painting of old wood.
I like the look of old wood, new wood, and just any kind of wood. It gives a warm feeling. This sketch turned out much better than the larger painting that I was trying to prepare for. Is that the way it is supposed to happen?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2008/128353-Wood_wc.jpg

This was done on 8 X 11 in 140 lb Arches CP with WN Cotman colors.
Ed

gakinme
05-23-2008, 06:33 PM
Ed, what do you plan to do with that piece of wood? It does look very much like wood.

Here's my attempt today of watercolor. This was supposed to be a lantern for the weekly drawing thread challenge and I am supposed to do it in graphite but I'm a bit tired of graphite this week after last week's lantern. So I put color to it.

At this point, I'm hestitant to put black lines all over it like sgraffito which I planned to in the beginning. It's my first watercolor lantern. :lol:

Perhaps after a few days when I have finished enjoying it, I'll give it a try...and possibly render it into a total destruction. :(

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2008/86669-wc_lantern1.JPG

lyn lynch
05-24-2008, 10:47 AM
I'm spending the summer working on drawing so my journal isn't watercolor paper. But I thought I'd throw some paint to see if I want to buy one that is. I do.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2008/16729-Sketchbook.jpg

Lemonhead
05-24-2008, 01:34 PM
Flowers are in bloom and I am scrambling trying to sketch them, irises won't last long. Flowers are (IMO) are one of the hardest:eek: things to sketch/paint and I will try to get out of my comfort zone and sketch more this summer. This was done on arches text wove, app. 6"x8", using a davinci #8 travel brush. I like to sketch/paint with just the brush. This one was a lovely (quinacridone) gold color.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2008/27010-JLH_wc_fwrskch_00.jpg

Keep posting, I like to see other peoples sketches/journals.

gakinme
05-25-2008, 12:09 PM
fookie, great sketch. I really like the colors you placed on his garments.

Lemonhead, lovely flower and the bud has great colors.

lyn lynch
05-28-2008, 10:17 AM
Now this sketching is fun. I took your advice and used the 6 x 9 Wachtung paper as a journal. The paint soaks in but never seems to dry! I googled and this "student grade" paper is no longer being made. Anyway, thought this a good opportunity to try varnish.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2008/16729-Mistress_Mandi_2.JPG

gakinme
05-28-2008, 04:07 PM
Wow, this bulldog is so cute in watercolor! And the coloring to his mouth is so real!!! I used to have 2 bulldogs just like this. Is this a male?

lyn lynch
05-29-2008, 06:02 AM
Wow, this bulldog is so cute in watercolor! And the coloring to his mouth is so real!!! I used to have 2 bulldogs just like this. Is this a male?

I thought about making this boy a real painting and title it "Mistress Mandi thinks you've been a real bad boy" so I must have been thinking he was a boy. :lol:

lpb
05-29-2008, 02:57 PM
Lemonhead your iris is gorgeous. Both the shapes and the color are challenging and you did a great job with both! :clap:

Lemonhead
05-29-2008, 08:40 PM
Sketching the moon can be hard on your eyes, sheesh.:rolleyes:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2008/27010-JLH_Wcsk_lunareclipse.jpg

Higher res pics can be found on my blogo (see below).

gakinme
05-29-2008, 09:51 PM
Lemonhead, how do you paint at night? I tried once at 3 am drawing the deck of my neighbor and moonshine using color and of course I can't see what I'm doing because it's all dark. If I turn on the light, I can't see the colors outside....hehe...

Lemonhead
05-29-2008, 10:41 PM
I use a small LED booklight clipped to my sketchbook. It also hurts your eyes, focusing from dark to light to dark, so I don't do it that long.

gakinme
05-30-2008, 01:35 AM
These are watercolor pencils. The originals are all blah, but I like the photoshop creations.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2008/86669-wc_venice_orig.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2008/86669-wc_venice_inkoutlines.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2008/86669-wc_venice_glowing.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2008/86669-wc_pool.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2008/86669-wc_pool_stamp.JPG

Yorky
06-02-2008, 10:21 AM
Here's a link to my Sketches of my trip to Italy (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499583)last week. Great fun!

Doug

ICanDoIt
06-06-2008, 10:25 PM
Doug, I really enjoyed the sketches from your trip to Italy.

Here is a sketch that I made from a photo my son made in New Zealand. He and friends were walking on the beach on the North Island. My sketchbook is 8 X 10 in. and about 70 lb paper. Cotman colors.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2008/128353-NZ_Beach_Stroll.jpg

The girl in front looks a bit odd, but maybe that was just the way she walks. Thanks for looking.
Ed

rue d'oak
06-18-2008, 01:08 PM
Sandra, the photoshop creations are quite fun!

Ed, a nice setting. Yea, the girl in front is stiff, but you have done well with the rest of the group. And of course at some level, who cares about the perfect sketch....because the experience and the memory and the process of drawing and seeing is the most important IMHO.

Wonderful to see this thread...wasn't aware of it until Doug mentioned it in another thread!
Jen

gakinme
06-27-2008, 06:24 PM
Thank you, Jen.

Here are my latest practice piece. Watercolor with pen.

Images I copied for practice from Disney book and a Sinbad book.

http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/9049/wcpenindia2smallyq1.jpg

http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/3919/wcpenstagesmallyk0.jpg

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/6256/wcpentreesmallbz7.jpg

Lane dividers from the pool last night

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/7679/wcpenlanedividerssmallgd8.jpg


This one is fountain pen and a few watercolor pencil with a wash based on the set of the Pirates of the Carribean.

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/2743/fpsingsmallzj2.jpg

This one is pen and watercolor wash. Totally love the effect. It's Mount Rainier close to my home.

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/4179/fpmtrainiersmallvj2.jpg

This one is my first trial of using water and brush using soft pastel sticks. I definitely like the color range and the quick application and quick dry properties but it is not as fun as watercolor which could be corrected when I make mistakes. I added watercolor pencils for details. Flower from my garden.

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/4285/spmixflowersmallug7.jpg

Here's my created piece of waterdroplets. Totally imaginary.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2008/86669-wc_waterdrops2_small.JPG

Lemonhead
06-27-2008, 06:56 PM
'Albino Alligator'-6"x10" on Arches MBM "Michallet" Ingres paper. Highly recommend this paper it is my fav paper to work on so far. It takes wc beautifully!! I bought some sheets @ Crafts 2000( Pat Katans) and made a homemade sketchbook bound @ Kinkos. It has a laid surface which I like.

gakinme
06-28-2008, 02:23 PM
Nice details on the skin, lemonhead.

Here is my watercolor piece this morning and I put it through photoshop for a fresco treatment and GIMP for a line treatment. I was thinking of detailing it in ink but when I thought about the leaves, I decided not to.

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7852/wcstems2smallif5.jpg

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/862/wcstems2frescosmallja1.jpg

http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/9866/wcstems2linessmallub3.jpg

Bergere
07-17-2008, 03:45 PM
I just finished one Icelandic horse and rider watercolor and now just started on another. This time is an "Icelandic Tolting" and no rider. Also playing with some methods I have not used much for the soil.
Hopefully will be able to post some pictures soon.

skittlezcanpaint2
08-17-2008, 07:47 PM
Jay, this thread was an amazing idea! I hope to soon post some of my watercolor pencil sketches. I'm also really tempted to try the Every Day Matters List, it looks fun.

robertsloan2
09-22-2008, 01:41 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2008/70184-IMG_0001.jpg

Sycamore branch in my yard using my Winsor & Newton Artist Field Box.

Last year my daughter gave me a beautiful watercolor journal as an early birthday present. I painted a self portrait on the first page with a color chart of the Field Box and promptly froze up because it came out well and the journal was too good to use. Lots and lots of ACEOs later, there was a bright day a couple of weeks ago and I had the energy to get out of the house. So I dared to try it.

As soon as I settled down with my chair I started doing the leaves in Lemon Yellow and glazing over them with Ultramarine. I have no idea why I swiped in the dark ultramarine veins onto them when I'd succeeded in getting a close green, but I worked fast and loose and did that. I think it worked, even if it ran away from realism and gave it a raspberry.

I like this thread and may do some more painting in my journal instead of just doing finished paintings. I love the dang thing and ought to relax and enjoy it more often. It's not as if I couldn't start a second one when it's full. I have some pages with color charts and color wheels too, but those may not be as exciting except to me -- part of what I'm doing is trying to put color charts of all my watercolors into one place where I can find them.

I probably won't be trying either of the challenges though. I'm disabled, and have never been able to walk a mile in my life. I'm doing real good if I can get out of the house like the day I did this, serious mobility limits and other problems. The up side is that if I get across the house, up the stairs and out the door and back, I've probably gotten as much exercise as if you walked a mile. Fit is relative. Crooked is a shape.

The other challenge is a bit more focused on human objects and everyday things to appeal to me. When I paint, especially in watercolor, I want to go back in memory to wilderness that I've visited and camped or into visual fiction, to untouched wilderness that no one's ever been because it's in my head. I do birds, florals, occasional animals that could be anything, Asian paintings of insects, plants, landscapes and bonsai. The bonsai are symbolic, I may be crooked but I've got as much strength and beauty as the tall pines that crowd together in the forest even if I grew sideways on some hard rocks in the wind.

Most of all this year I got the knack of water landscapes, so I've been doing lakes with forests and mountains, creeks with forests and mountains, wild places and sometimes big panoramas on little ACEO cards. I might use my journal more if I do more than one painting on a page, since the smaller paintings are physically easier and more likely to get finished.

Subjects I'd like to be able to capture in watercolor -- cats and big cats, weird old buildings with a lot of detail, European scenes, African scenes, rainforest stuff, wolves, reptiles, true botanicals with scientific accuracy and great detail. Surf. The ocean. Clouds. Rain. Weird stuff. Visual fiction.

Eventually, and I am far from it in some ways no matter how much people like them when I do them, dragons, castles, elves, fantasy subjects. I haven't come close to getting them right except the occasional dragon. Elves and fae for me are connected intimately with the wilderness and so painting bark and branches and bugs and mushrooms may be the way to find them, just keep painting what's there until what's in my head gets interested in the places on the page and shows up.

nancymae
09-25-2008, 12:23 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Sep-2008/910-Hay_Field_web.jpg

I just love this thread! I have been working alot in my watercolor moleskine book...just with my Cotman field kit and a couple of Niji brushes. I've been working alot with sketches lately as my time painting is very limited, so I try to grab the gusto when I can.

This was done on a ride home from the store...saw this lovely field of hay...and pulled over.

C & C appreciated. Thank you!

chroma
09-26-2008, 01:26 PM
I just started a new journal last weekend. We went to Key West. The flower on the left was in the tiny pond at our B & B. If you look sideways you can see a cutout of my profile & my husband's. He's the one with whiskers. I put fabric behind the cutout so it would show up.

Now that I think about it - this is the first painting I've posted on WC!
bj

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2008/21811-Key_West_page_1_copy.jpg

wishfulthinking
09-30-2008, 01:25 PM
Chroma, Really nice flower. What kind of sketchbook are you using? Anything else from your trip?

robertsloan2
09-30-2008, 07:27 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2008/70184-IMG_0001.jpg

Sorry, this happened before. I think that I'm getting some confusion on the uploader with my file names, because I don't retitle the scans. They come out IMG_0001.jpg for the first one of the day whatever day it is -- and then I wind up coming back to my posts to see that something completely different wound up as the image in my post!

I may have to start renaming them for the uploader, just so this stops happening. This is the sycamore branch I painted from life. Not the perspective exercise I did for the drawing class.

chroma
10-02-2008, 10:19 AM
for 'wishfulthinking' - Page 2 from our trip - nothing else is finished yet. My journal is a "hand.book" travelogue. Got it at a local art supply shop. It's not watercolor paper like the 'Moleskine,' which will be my next choice. It's about 5" x 8". Glad you liked my flower!

Ever been to Key West? Wild chickens everywhere. This one is WC pencils. Stan & Mary went with us. . .
bj


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2008/21811-key_west_2_copy.jpg

pa-paw
10-02-2008, 06:22 PM
I’m thinking about trying to paint a rural scene, and need to incorporate an old farm tractor.

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL487/1867918/18044025/337018399.jpg

chroma
10-02-2008, 06:32 PM
pa-paw. . . how did you do the light 'tread' on the tractor wheel?
bj

pa-paw
10-02-2008, 07:14 PM
pa-paw. . . how did you do the light 'tread' on the tractor wheel?
bj

Betty, I simply lifted color with a very damp flat brush. The HG/UMB/R combo lifts easily. I hope that helps…J

ReggieS
10-17-2008, 04:38 PM
Every morning as we sit and have breakfast, I look out at this Sumac bush and think about sketching it. It has turned a pretty purply rust color. Today after lunch I finally did it. Here it is.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2008/140136-PA172025.JPG

Reggie

ReggieS
10-19-2008, 02:06 PM
I am doing sketches for ideas for a Xmas card in my sketchbook. I love Xmas lights and that inspired me to do this.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2008/140136-PA182026.JPG

Reggie

aboulafia
10-22-2008, 06:47 AM
a rapid sketck of a little scene in India
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2008/153111-india01.jpg

aboulafia
10-22-2008, 11:03 AM
Here is another one (have time today). The purpose of this sketch is to simplify the scene so as to get the correct values. I post the original for reference. It's from a challenge on the french forum "AQUARELLISSIME"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208102214420.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2008/153111-dfiaudacebt4.jpg

aboulafia
10-22-2008, 02:23 PM
a last one for today's jounal. Fast and light to try and keep the idea of the fresh water.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2008/153111-maineau02.jpg

chroma
10-22-2008, 02:39 PM
Aboulafia, your sketches are beautiful. I especially love the hand in the water. What kind of journal are these painted on?
bj

aboulafia
10-22-2008, 02:44 PM
Thank you Betty. These are made on 80 g copy machine paper (!)

M

LynnM
10-25-2008, 03:55 PM
I posted some sketches in the main part of the Watercolour Studio, but I see they should have gone here....this is the link
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=525703

I am enjoying seeing what everyone else is doing...very inspiring!

Laurie2
11-07-2008, 10:00 PM
Some very interesting sketches here...I will be back

AniProf
11-10-2008, 09:55 PM
My journals contain not only my watercolor sketches, but anything I feel the need or desire to write down; true journals.

This is a sketch I did at Valkill, the historical site for Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY. I sat on a wooden bridge overlooking the Fall remains of vegetation and such where ducks and swans often grace the water. The kit I used was my Prang 8-pan with a water brush. So compact and easy to carry.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Nov-2008/152705-Valkill.jpg

ReggieS
11-11-2008, 06:44 PM
This was inspired by an very old Postcard from the 1920s. I thought the sunset sky was very interesting.
Had trouble with the brown in the church but it's ok , only my journal.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2008/140136-PB112076.JPG

Reggie

chroma
11-12-2008, 10:09 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2008/21811-where_the_tarpon_were2.jpg
Little local art show. . .
This isn't w/c paper - I think I need a different journal for painting.

Yorky
11-12-2008, 10:38 AM
Nice work Chroma - yes, you need paper with a little texture.

Doug

billmags
11-15-2008, 02:03 PM
here is a sketch of my son when he was about 1

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2008/32928-jack_hat.jpg

Yorky
11-15-2008, 02:07 PM
Delightful sketch.

Doug

rue d'oak
11-19-2008, 10:48 AM
catching up ...many enjoyable sketches, slices of life! Billmags, such eyes on your son and Chroma, good sense of space, with the figure grounding the scale of the fair.

Jen

dejaa
11-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Hope it's not too late to join this thread. I just found it. Would love to join in. I just spent the last few minutes going through this thread and it is wonderful.

I try not to leave for lunch each day and keep a sketch book and small set of watercolors and wc pencils in the car to sketch with. Will scan them when I get home. I am still learning wc but I love it.

This is a really great thread.

Yorky
11-21-2008, 04:50 AM
Hi Deeja, I look forward to seing your sketches.

I won't add them here, but here are my daily sketches (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=519612) on our get together at Kettlewell in September.

Doug

dejaa
11-21-2008, 08:17 AM
Morning all,

I keep a mole skin landscape book with a Koi pan and small set of wd pencils with some water brushes and small regular brushes in a fanny pack that came from North light in my car along with a pad of 5x8.8 Strathmore WC paper.

These are a few sketches I have done lately on lunch. most are from my head of scenes that I have seen and not been able to take a picture of.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0001.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0002.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0003.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0004.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0005.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0006.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/133525-File0007.jpg

aboulafia
11-21-2008, 12:35 PM
this sketch : little girl playing on the floor
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208112117180.jpg

dejaa
11-21-2008, 02:28 PM
Her eyes and expression are so drawing, love it.

aboulafia
11-24-2008, 08:35 AM
Thank you D. Sketches are wonderful exercises and it's a very good idea to have a set of brushes ready any time.

M.

aboulafia
11-26-2008, 02:07 PM
No teeth left, still laughing.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208112618430.jpg

aboulafia
11-27-2008, 02:44 PM
a few sketches of my best friend Chrisitine. Don't think she will go on accepting to be my best friend after that .... :rolleyes:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2008/153111-chris993.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2008/153111-chris997.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2008/153111-chris990.jpg

aboulafia
11-28-2008, 11:46 AM
Bombay events - november 2008
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208112816290.jpg

chroma
11-28-2008, 05:50 PM
Christine will love those sketches. . . especially the first one.
bj

aboulafia
11-29-2008, 04:00 AM
Thank you Betty. Very nice to have a word of you.

Maurice

aboulafia
12-09-2008, 09:53 AM
Hi, this is me again ! Feel a little lonely ... Don't watercolourists ever do sketches ? I do ! This is an almost monochrome sketch for a portrait
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208120914150.jpg

chroma
12-09-2008, 10:22 AM
I do sketches. . . yesterday I painted the same potted plant 5 times. The 4th one was best but I'm not happy with any of them. They're so bad I can't post!
bj

aboulafia
12-09-2008, 10:41 AM
I think you're very right to do sketches BJ. I learn a lot with them especially when doing several times the same one as you did yesterday.
But I think you're wrong not to post them because WC'ers can really help to improve and can encourage you (which we all need !).

Maurice

yazelm
12-09-2008, 02:49 PM
Here is a quick one done looking out the window while sitting close to the woodstove. 5x7, Fabriano HP.

Marcio C
12-09-2008, 09:56 PM
Hello everyone, I'm new to WetCanvas and thrilled to find this thread, it's such a brilliant idea! Great inspiration to sketch more often. I'm adding a couple of pages of my Moleskine travel journal...
All the best,
Marcio

aboulafia
12-10-2008, 06:27 AM
a rapid monochrome sketck of myself, from the photo of my profile
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Dec-2008/153111-SKMBT_C25208121011110.jpg
Here is the photo
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Dec-2008/153111-aboulafia01.jpg

chroma
12-12-2008, 02:16 AM
Good likeness! I like it! bj

ReggieS
12-18-2008, 05:22 PM
I was looking out the back door today and noticing the white pine trees and thought I'dhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2008/140136-PC182247.JPG sketch one. The snow on the branches was hard to get to show even with the camera editing program. I was quite pleased with the sketching of the branches and needles.
C&C welcome.

Reggie

aboulafia
12-29-2008, 09:56 AM
This one from a picture foud on the net : "classic Xmas crying"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Dec-2008/153111-xmas01.jpg

pa-paw
12-29-2008, 11:37 AM
This one that is too large for my journal, so it will go into what I call a learning drawer. I make correction notes on the ones that fail. Later on I may pull one out for reference.
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL487/1867918/18044025/349031236.jpg

aboulafia
01-30-2009, 02:12 PM
two colours watercolour sketch and pencil sketck for reference : Chris
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2009/153111-SKMBT_C25209013018510.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2009/153111-SKMBT_C25209012718111.jpg

aboulafia
02-06-2009, 02:21 PM
Can't live without my cell phone !
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2009/153111-SKMBT_C25209020619020.jpg

aboulafia
02-12-2009, 01:20 PM
a soldier in Bombay
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2009/153111-soldbombay.jpg

aboulafia
03-10-2009, 08:52 AM
The road from Podor to Matam , Senegal
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2009/153111-senegal01.jpg

aboulafia
03-10-2009, 02:12 PM
A touareg in Sahara
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2009/153111-touareg02.jpg

aboulafia
03-11-2009, 11:07 AM
Chris ... again !
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2009/153111-chris10.jpg

aboulafia
03-13-2009, 05:39 AM
Marianne and Mimi.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Mar-2009/153111-MnMs.jpg

bluegenes
03-22-2009, 05:55 PM
I started a garden journal. My first flower of the season, and my first enty:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2009/31898-March18_2009.jpg

Great thread!

Patty

Caramacadoodle
03-26-2009, 07:17 PM
been a while since i saw snowdrops! i always seem to miss them. Snowdrops and bluebells are gorgeous.

This started off as Ricky Hatton, drawn from one of my dad's boxing mags.
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s111/toffeeliz/250309-5.jpg

aboulafia
04-02-2009, 01:39 PM
Two policemen arresting a young man. The idea here was to render the speed and the violence of the scene. Quite far from spring flowers ...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2009/153111-SKMBT_C25209040217160.jpg

bluegenes
04-15-2009, 05:29 PM
Yes, the last painting is quite removed from what I'm doing!

But here's some more spring flowers:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2009/31898-April_15,_2009.jpg

Patty

aboulafia
05-15-2009, 07:46 AM
WW I and hyena
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2009/153111-WWI.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2009/153111-SKMBT_C25209051511210.jpg

aboulafia
06-17-2009, 02:34 PM
two sketches from challenges elsewhere inn the forum
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2009/153111-P1010328.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2009/153111-P1010329.JPG

Jael S
09-09-2009, 02:53 PM
im glad to see this is still alive (or has been for the most part)!
sorry i like...disappeared. school and such :(
I will be back soon to show what my own sketchbook has.

also, this place has 14 thousand views, but only 184 answers?
come on people! stop lurking and start posting.