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10-01-2010, 10:08 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2010/294781-IMG_0024wc.jpgOk here it is- I sketched this from a picture I took Thursday from a local plant nursery. I really have to work at sketching, and I actually had to do the grid system from old school days (a very long time ago;-) I used a Pentalic Nature Sketchbook size 7" x 5". I bought a set of 12 Inktense wc pencils(wow are these nice!) along with my Graphitints were my paints of choice. I would normally use Winsor Newton when painting, but these are great for sketching while at work. I have included the reference pix that I worked off of below~

10-01-2010, 10:10 PM
I love that bush, you nailed it

I still have to use the grid system. I use a program called Oil Painting assistant to print out pics with grids... helps a lot :D

10-01-2010, 10:12 PM
It's ok to use the grid method. Even the "old masters" used something like that to get accurate renderings. I can see why the plants caught your eye, they are very striking. Nicely done.

10-01-2010, 10:24 PM
Good stuff Jeanne! Use whatever means you feel necessary - some people say it is not right to use photos but I am sure Michelangelo and Leonardo would have used them if they had them! The important thing is you are being creative and learning new stuff all the time - have fun, you have made a great start! :)

10-02-2010, 12:08 AM
Very nice, Jeanne! Glad to see you join in. Definitely not your average shrub...:) .

10-02-2010, 12:22 AM
Thanks everyone for you comments. I'm looking forward to the next one, but haven't a clue what it will be~

10-02-2010, 12:26 AM
This is a FANTASTIC shrub Jeanne!!!!!! LOVE the colours and subtle shading.

As for using grids, when it comes to paintings or drawings, I use them, and some times including in the journal (or a lightbox!). Basically it doesn't matter the method you get the basics down, it's what you do with it then that counts. And this COUNTS, it's GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 01:59 AM
Wow! I love the twisted shrub and the way you painted it with Inktense. Those pencils are great and what you did with them is spectacular. Grids are no biggie, what you did was interpretive and painterly. It's just a technique.

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2010, 02:32 AM
This is a great start to your sketchbook Jeanne. You've achieved good form and color with your Inktense pencils. Inktense are wonderful aren't they - I love them as well, and use them lots.

10-02-2010, 03:21 AM
well done, you captured it

10-02-2010, 03:25 AM
love love love :) ...beautiful, the colors are so lively!

10-02-2010, 01:53 PM
Hi Jeanne, what an interesting tree. . . love it.

10-02-2010, 11:11 PM
Great shrub, great rendering! This is so much fun already! Woohoo...

10-03-2010, 12:35 AM
The colors are great, you captured the scene, I like how it twist up in the air... Having a plant nursery nearby is a plus + :)

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 03:36 AM
nice colors and you captured the twisting shape of the shrub :) those Inktense pencils are starting to call out to me ... no no no more art supplies ... err maybe next month :)

10-03-2010, 10:27 AM
Oct 2-3
Thanks for all the great comments - here is an update~

Sketched this bottle from still life, then painted from pix. using Winsor Newton tube paints. The 130lb paper work pretty good, but doesn't take too over working or scrubbin;-) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2010/294781-10-03-10w.jpg

10-03-2010, 05:02 PM
Beautiful! What a lovely bottle. You've got its shape and translucency wonderfully.

10-03-2010, 07:15 PM
I loved colored bottles, they're so fun. Great job on this one.

10-03-2010, 07:48 PM
What a lovely bottle, and painted so beautifully

10-03-2010, 08:30 PM
Cool twisty tree. Lovely translucence to your bottle.

10-03-2010, 08:51 PM
The translucence of your bottle is marvelous.

10-03-2010, 10:24 PM
really nice work on that bottle.

10-04-2010, 12:22 AM
Nice effects on the bottle.

10-04-2010, 12:31 AM
Good bottle! I'm using the same paper (11x8.5" size) and it is ok for watercolor, but anything above light washes does cause some buckling. It's still fine for sketching of course.

10-04-2010, 01:14 AM
Jeanne, the bottle is gorgeous. You got such a splendid transparency in it, the texture of the glass and the light pouring through is spot on. Well done!

10-04-2010, 01:58 AM
That bottle looks great.... awesome job!

10-04-2010, 02:04 AM
Really nice colours you've used - and looks like you've tried a few different techniques too, well done!

10-04-2010, 11:48 AM
I really like the watercolor on this bottle!

Joan T
10-04-2010, 01:22 PM
That twisty shrub is super!!! Aren't the inktense pencils great? I love the washy look to your bottle. Nice work on that!

10-05-2010, 12:55 AM
Encouraging comments everyone - thanks!

I was going for eggs here - please someone tell me these look like EGGS! We have some chickens, and we get green, brown and white's when everyone feels like laying;-) Well maybe the brown one could be a potato, and maybe they could be pebbles - what do you think?
I used my Derwents w/ Prism a 005 Premier ink pen - and now I'm tired and give up - going to bed~:wave:


10-05-2010, 09:55 AM
Love the glass bottle, you've done it beautifully! And I knew they were eggs - first thought was ohh... nice on the Araucana egg egg in there!

10-05-2010, 10:00 AM
Looks like eggs to me! :) Great paintings/sketchings..

10-05-2010, 04:38 PM
I do see eggs :) beautiful colors, and the shadows are nice and keep them grounded
...how wonderful that you can get such a nice variety of color from your chickens

10-05-2010, 05:55 PM
wow, there really are green eggs, huh?! Cool. . . must be very neat eating eggs from your own chickens. lovely work.

10-05-2010, 06:12 PM
Green eggs... and ham?

They look like eggs! :D

10-05-2010, 06:53 PM
Cool - never seen a green egg before but the brown one looks spot on! Great exploration of colour, if they look good on screen they more than likely are better in real life I find!

10-05-2010, 10:41 PM

10-05-2010, 11:19 PM
Jen stole my green eggs and ham line...:envy: :lol: !

10-06-2010, 01:02 AM
Green ham and eggs? Uh oh ... where's the good Doctor (Seuss) when you need him ? :)

10-06-2010, 01:06 AM
Yes, they look like eggs. Great job.

10-06-2010, 09:03 AM
Thanks again everyone on your great comments - I'm really enjoying this challenge~

Yesterday in AZ we had the most glorious storms - the skies were breath-taking! On my way into work I put the top down on the PT looser, and held my camera up at random and just shot up into the ski - I will post on my blog later. Needless to say - I had to play with clouds for my sketch today;-)
I did do a light preliminary sketch of where I wanted to place bright areas, but ended up loosing them in the process - then it was on my own with the imagination. I used Winsor Newton paints wet into wet.
Using the bottom side of my x-acto knife I was able to do a bit of scratching to bring out the crest? of the cloud shapes. I was quite surprised with the sketch paper - it performed pretty well to the excessive wetness and the scratching -

10-06-2010, 09:37 AM
great start to your book :)

10-06-2010, 03:09 PM
beautiful sky...love seeing the pics of you working on it, thanks :D

10-06-2010, 03:31 PM
love that stormy sky!!!! beautiful.

10-06-2010, 06:26 PM
beautiful colours - I like how you put that touch of Magenta in there - I'm often amazed at the colours you see in stormy skies and you caught this one really well!

10-06-2010, 09:52 PM
Ooh, love the storm clouds.

10-06-2010, 09:57 PM
The eggs definitely look like eggs Jeanne. I've been in some of those stormy days in Arizona and you definitely captured it with your watercolor, the clouds are gorgeous.

10-07-2010, 01:55 AM
Great sky! I'm thinking of making my next theme sketchbook one on skies.

WC Lee
10-08-2010, 03:02 AM
wonderful stormy sky study :)

10-08-2010, 10:49 AM
Took a picture of my river rock out front in the early morning - wella' subject for page 5. I used graphite, then came in with indigo Graphitint onto some of the shadows.

10-08-2010, 11:08 AM
I like the textures in there..and that touch of indigo is quite pleasing!

10-08-2010, 11:42 AM
I like the rocks - I like sketching rocks too :)

10-08-2010, 12:22 PM
Great job! iI love the twisty part of the plant! Also the colors are very nice.
Wish i had that plant in my yard!

10-08-2010, 09:19 PM
The rocks are so cool. Nice touch with the indigo.

10-08-2010, 10:12 PM
The rocks is a great exercise in texture - almost looks abstract too in the crop you've chosen!

10-09-2010, 12:59 AM
Hi Jeanne,

The bottle is just Gorgeous!!!!

Those eggs are just BEAUTIFUL! Although I am a little confused on how you get green eggs?????

That Storm Cloud study is PERFECT!!!!! LOVE the colours and the addition of the scratched in highlights are FANTASTIC!

LOVE the River Rocks, again just PERFECT!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 02:13 AM
Great rocks! I like rocks and trying to draw them, but I still find them a challenging subject.

10-09-2010, 07:26 AM
Thanks everyone for you lovely comments on the rocks - Stacey, the Araucana chicken layes green eggs - funny huh? Ever heard of "Green Eggs and Ham? They tase just like white eggs;-)

10-09-2010, 12:03 PM
Love those cloud pieces :)

10-10-2010, 04:57 PM
Oh I think you were inspired by that storm, I love that swirly storm sky, and great to see the photo of you working on it. I'm glad the paper held up for this one.

Joan T
10-10-2010, 10:24 PM
Wonderful job on the sky!!!! Wet and juicy!!! I like the river rocks too...very nice shading!

10-11-2010, 02:30 AM
that cloudy sky and river rock look great... can't wait to see more...

10-11-2010, 06:34 AM
Lovely job on them and I really like the crop!

10-12-2010, 03:00 PM

10-12-2010, 09:47 PM
really like the sky and river rocks, great textures