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11-05-2010, 07:09 PM
Started late so will be doing a catchup for a few days.

In a moleskine note book already started. 3.5 x 5.5". The pages are a warm off-white that is hard to get right in photos.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2010/74891-JournalNov10.001.JPG So hard to draw fire works :)


11-05-2010, 08:14 PM
Great start Elain, beautiful vibrant colour on the first one and the tree fern is nice, like the sepia ink ;)

11-06-2010, 01:36 AM
No worries being off to a late start. Lots of color on your title page. The fern is wonderful.

11-06-2010, 07:57 AM
great start, Elain . . . love those ferns with the sepia ink. Very delicate and pretty

11-06-2010, 12:32 PM
Nice job on the complicated foliage :)

11-06-2010, 07:12 PM
Thank you for the comments.

Here are two more - a catch up - 2 catch ups to go :) - and yesterday's.



11-06-2010, 09:42 PM
Hi Elain,

The tree is great, lovely colors and shading and from. . .

But those little fellows on page two just make me SMILE :)

11-06-2010, 09:56 PM
The tree is awesome. And the little kiwis are so cute!

11-07-2010, 03:20 AM
Thanks Debby and Rainy. Those kiwis were fun.

Another two fun pages as I didn't get out and about.

As this is an art journal I did a trial to see how the pages stood up to acryllics. They handled getting wet with the watersoluble crayons just fine. They also worked well with acryllics.

These are just doodling more or less - making a mess with acryllics and seeing what comes out of it. Sometimes it is monsters but more often and not it is horses.

Catch up page and the one for 7 Nov.



11-07-2010, 05:47 AM
Ohh those are absolutely beautiful! Kelpie horses, albeit much more friendly!

11-07-2010, 11:23 AM
the horses and the little birds are my favourites :)

11-07-2010, 12:06 PM
Really nice pages, Elaine! I've got to add your thread to my subscriptions. The tree is extremely well done.

11-07-2010, 07:54 PM
oh, wow. . . those last two pages are just awesome. I love them. The horse are wonderfully rendered and the style of the pages with the acrylic under and then what did you use on top? Gel pens? So neat and playful. I might have to try my hand at such a page this month sometimes. Great stuff! Inspirational.

11-07-2010, 08:08 PM
Delightful pages. Well done.

11-08-2010, 02:29 AM
Thank you all for commenting.

Rainy, on top of the acryllic I used ink pen to define shapes, then picked out highlights with a fine brush dipped in white and gold and yellow(over the white) acryllic inks.

Joan T
11-08-2010, 12:25 PM
These are great!!! I like how you're using different materials to get your effects. Your tree is super and the kiwi's are adorable. Great job on the fun pages too.

11-08-2010, 05:56 PM
Love it all! The little kiwi critters are such fun, and I really love the experiments over the acrylic - the green one is just my colours ;)

11-08-2010, 09:37 PM
Nice mix of mediums, the kiwis made me smile (even the imposter with wings).


11-09-2010, 01:36 AM
Well 8 November I throught I would just do a sketch. Ha. work then Granddaughter's birthday party then I picked something with fiddly details and needing heaps of layers with CP to get the effect I wanted.


11-09-2010, 02:25 AM
Love the beads Elain, beautiful colours, nice 'snapshot' of them.

11-09-2010, 08:46 AM
pretty :>) - I've just learned to do kiln fused glass and made myself a pendant - really good fun but without the kiln I can't do it at home - and getting a kiln isn't going to happen!

11-09-2010, 01:49 PM
very pretty beads. . . and a great drawing of them

11-09-2010, 05:46 PM
Fabulous sketch! The colours and details are wonderful :)

11-09-2010, 07:17 PM
Delightful sketch. Such pretty beads.

11-12-2010, 02:45 AM
Well I have some catching up to do in the weekend. Trouble is I like details and colour and it takes a long time. Or maybe I'm slow.
9 + 10 November

From the lounge window before it got too dark. ink and a touch of CP.

Then on Wednesday I piked up some leaves off the drive and brought them inside with me. CP.


11-12-2010, 10:49 AM
Great job on the beads, and the botanicals! Great detail on the first page of botanicals in particular.

11-12-2010, 10:51 AM
gorgeous leaves and foliage with a real glow and sense of 3 dimensions

11-12-2010, 10:48 PM
I struggle with the same thing - I love trying to go for detail and end up a bit behind. I think though, at least for me, I find more value and learning in taking a bit longer rather than just whipping something off for the sake of being quick. If I'm meeting the point of the exercise (to learn and grow) then I don't sweat it too much! Yours are absoulutely fabulous - the foliage especially is super well observed and put to page!

11-12-2010, 10:50 PM
Great plants and leaves. I agree with WYSIWYG, it's the learning and the growth that matters.

11-12-2010, 11:57 PM
Great "juicy" colours! The leaves look very rich with the lovely red and greens.

I, too, like details - every now and then I have the impulse to work looser and sketchy but prefer tight and detailed. I just go with the impulse now :lol:

11-13-2010, 12:42 AM
The beads look very vibrant. the cedar and cabbage tree are very nicely done. The leaves pop out really good, looks very realistic. great job:)

11-14-2010, 03:25 AM
WYSIWYG, Debby and Jackie, yes. I am thinking more along art journal than sketch book. I like trying different things and making notes. The faster ones are the ones where I sketch horses.

Thanks for your comments too Chuck.

The last three days, well, two of the pages were completed over two days - the same two days for both. The third is a fast one for today so still catching up but at least I am doing something almost every day.

page 11. I have always wanted to draw a car - this is my car - 1993 Nissan Sylvia. The black is a challenge. This shot was taken at the end of two weeks away in summer so it was dusty and in an-off road picnic spot.


At a loss for what to do. Tired after work.


Then fun today. Got to keep my eye in to find those horses in the paint. :)


11-14-2010, 05:15 AM
I struggle with the same thing - I love trying to go for detail and end up a bit behind. I think though, at least for me, I find more value and learning in taking a bit longer rather than just whipping something off for the sake of being quick. If I'm meeting the point of the exercise (to learn and grow) then I don't sweat it too much! Yours are absoulutely fabulous - the foliage especially is super well observed and put to page!

I agree - I don't want to do something that's nothing - if that makes sense!

It can be quick sometimes, just trying to catch the essence of something but it has to be for a reason and I prefer to take a little more time for most.

Hence, with the canvasses I'm having to get done, I'm waaaay behind on this one!

These are looking good and what a gorgeous journey to work - I'm envious

11-14-2010, 11:26 AM
Wow, Elain, I really like these pages! The car is very well rendered - they are a difficult subject for me. And your 'found' horses in the paint are really creative and fun.

11-14-2010, 07:36 PM
Marvelous job on the car. Nice bridge and observations. Your found horses are delightful.

11-14-2010, 11:34 PM
love the page with the horses. . . and that car, wow. . . that is great, the perspective and detail and proportions. And like the color of the shadow. Nice one.

11-15-2010, 12:03 AM
really nice sketches... the horses look great! :)

11-15-2010, 01:04 AM
I love your work! I want to find horses, or dogs, or something....

11-15-2010, 03:10 AM
Nice variety in your sketches, all good, but the last lot of horses in the paint grab my eye.

11-15-2010, 05:15 AM
Ohhh that car is awesome! And those things are HARD to draw! (Well ime anyway!)

11-15-2010, 08:10 PM
Great work Elain! My favourite is the horses though - very free and creative and the colours are HOT!

11-18-2010, 01:03 AM
Thank you all for your comments.

CandalArt - it's a bit like scribble patterns, only in colour :)

I find i'm not always getting the page done in time to photograph in daylight during the week so tthree more all at once.

Day 14 - scrolling through old photos for ones I've always meant to draw but never gotten around to. Photo a bit skew whiff because the page was curving.- coloured pencil


Chookie's nanny goat - When my friend was living in the country, their next-door neghbour was as silly as a chook so they called him Chookie. No farm-sense at all. - pencil and pen


Doodling in front of TV trying to keep to lines only without shapes.o.2 Staedler pigment liner.

11-18-2010, 01:14 AM
Very nice group of sketches! I really like the goat.

11-18-2010, 09:49 AM
nice transparency and color on the vase but the goat is my fav. . . you really captured that. Nice lines.

11-18-2010, 01:41 PM
Very good drawings of a variety of subjects. The glass vase is beautifully done and the nanny goat has character and the drawing shows movement. I loved those leaves you did in cp. I look forward to seeing more of your work.


Joan T
11-18-2010, 03:44 PM
You did a great job on the necklace. Love the leaves...they look so real! You have so many different subjects...good work!

11-18-2010, 09:43 PM
like the movement you captured with the goat, very nice lines in that last sketch too :thumbsup:

11-18-2010, 10:55 PM
The vase is beautiful. Very cute goat. Great doodles.

11-19-2010, 06:00 AM
LOL I'm an animal lover so you can probably guess which I like best - but it is very nice linework, fresh and sweet feeling! If she's anything like the twin goatlings I babysat for awhile, she's as cheeky and inquisitive as she looks too!

11-19-2010, 06:02 AM
Nice exploration of line work Elain - the goat turned out really well :)

11-19-2010, 10:29 PM
Thanks everyone. Looks like the goat is the favourite.

Pine in HB and 4B pencil - from my own photo


Cliff from photo near Opotiki one summer holiday. Pen and CP


11-19-2010, 10:36 PM
These are both excellent, Elain! My favorite is the single tree - very expressive and subtle detail.

11-20-2010, 12:17 AM
What beautiful scenery... the pine reminds me of some of the Japanese ink paintings - subtle, somewhat unusual in shape and beautiful. :)

11-20-2010, 01:09 AM
Thank you John and Wysiwyg.
Funny you should mention Japanese. I used to do a bit of bonsai and sometimes 'prune' my trees as I'm drawing. This one was like this though I did leave out somw branches. The trees that almost seem like bonsai but all natural are gems. I love the character of old trees.

Joan T
11-20-2010, 12:07 PM
The pine in pencil is wonderful!!!!

11-20-2010, 04:51 PM
oooh, I love that graphite pine tree. So realistic and delicate. . . just beautiful.

11-20-2010, 05:53 PM
macrocarpa trunk. First time I've really used cross-hatching for shading. I used 0.2, 0.5 and for the fine shading 0.05.

I found the faster you move the pen, the lighter the shading.


Took Mum for her Sunday drive. She is 94 and in a rest home only we don't call it that. She said she was NEVER going to go into a home. It is the Green Valley Lodge.
We went down to the duck pond that was there when she was young and she used to take us girls when we were young.
Tricky sketching moving things from life.
It wasn't too bad until the little boy came to feed the ducks and they didn't stand still then LOL.


So it's journal page 20 but today's the 21st. I'm still a day behind. May have time to do one tonight after the grandkids have gone home.

11-20-2010, 06:05 PM
Very, very nice pen work on that tree. Love the sketches at the duck pond, they tell a great story of your day with your mom. Cute curly haired fellow :)

11-20-2010, 08:08 PM
I like all your pages, any one could be a favourite (except maybe the goat, I don't have any good memories from when I had goats), but that last one with the boy feeding the waterfowl is special I think, a real sense of movement.

11-20-2010, 08:45 PM
Wow, your tree is outstanding! Believe me, I understand the difficulty of sketching live birds...and ducks are among the easiest of them because they don't tend to be as flightly as a lot of the smaller birds. You did well.

11-20-2010, 11:35 PM
Very nice pen work! Like that tree trunk!.... The loose lines with the kid and ducks are great...:)

11-21-2010, 03:47 AM
Wonderful collection of sketches. The child with the ducks is awesome.

11-21-2010, 01:38 PM
the pine has a very oriental feel

11-21-2010, 01:50 PM
Love that pine. Nice story about the pond and your Mum.


11-21-2010, 07:15 PM
Nice collection of sketches since I last checked in Elain! I like the "japanese" style pine too - nice lightness of touch with the graphite - and the trunk in pen is great!

11-26-2010, 03:07 AM
Thank you all for your comments
Not much time this week.
For day 21 - actually page 21 as I'm behind - I did some quick sketche sfrom photos. Looking tat them the following day I didn'y like them so went oven them with the side of a 4b pencil.
Added a couple of heads.



on the hills above Long Bay - farm and cattle



11-26-2010, 10:07 AM
I quite like the chooks and farm (actually rather looks like my neighbors tbh) but the shading on the cattle is way too cool!

11-26-2010, 07:59 PM
Marvelous chicken sketches. The farm is just lovely. The trees are awesome. But, the cattle drawing is spectacular. Really cool.

11-27-2010, 12:04 AM
wow those last sketch are very nice, they seem to a have delicate touch to them. :thumbsup:

11-27-2010, 12:53 AM
Thank you Debbie, Wysiwyg and Chuck. I'm really enjoying the challenge of doing something everyday and it's just what I needed to get back into drawing.

This is another from one of the many photos i have taken that I have intended to do a drawing of. These cute little birds are slightly smaller than a sparrow and very fast and agile fliers. They can fly through our grapefruit tree as though it has no leaves on. And often you can't see them unless they move. They zip here and there. Good at ridding the garden of unwanted insects.


11-27-2010, 02:12 AM
Wow! Wonderful group of sketches and a great variety - chickens, farms, cows and a bird, oh my! The bird is really nicely done.

11-27-2010, 09:36 AM
Aw, a little silver-eye! He's very charming. Nice to know I'm not the only one who has a pile of photos saved because they'd make neat sketches! LOL

Selina Designs
11-27-2010, 10:44 AM
What a great body of work you have done this month! I especially like the cows - fabulous coloring and shading! Thanks for sharing your journey....

11-27-2010, 11:56 AM
Beautiful work. I enjoy seeing your versitility and variety, media and subjects. Sometimes I think I ought to focus on one thing or another. Then I see sketchbooks like yours and proclaim... "nah." Your mix is idea building for me.

11-27-2010, 12:19 PM
Beautiful work. I enjoy seeing your versitility and variety, media and subjects. Sometimes I think I ought to focus on one thing or another. Then I see sketchbooks like yours and proclaim... "nah." Your mix is idea building for me.

Aah Candace, go for it. :)

Every time I see someone else's lovely drawing or painting I think - "I've got to try that". Sometimes I do. And there are lots of inspiring sketches in this forum.

Wysiwyg , it's a great feeling finally getting to doing some of the drawings.

11-27-2010, 01:40 PM
love the chicken studies. . . and the little bird is great. But the cow is my fav. Lovely colors and shading on it.

11-27-2010, 02:55 PM
I looked at all your pages and I SO LOVE your style so very very much. I really enjoyed looking at everything. Thank you for posting your wonderful work!

11-27-2010, 07:40 PM
the chickens are really lively and alive - great sketches and the cattle and bird are good too :) with great observation

11-27-2010, 09:34 PM
Nice additions to your sketchbook, the silvereye is wonderful!

11-27-2010, 09:40 PM
The little silver-eye is darling.

11-28-2010, 02:19 AM
2 days and four pages to go for the challenge.



Nastutiums - I wanted to practive yellow and orange and found I'd never really looked at nasturtiums before in spite of sucking the honey out of many and painting them before. From our garden. Well - I don't do a lot of weeding so we do get some wild flowers. :)


last 4 pages in coloured pencil. I do love colour and drawing

11-28-2010, 03:10 AM
2 days and four pages to go for the challenge.

Almost there, well done!:clap:

Nice miner (hope it isn't as noisy as the ones around here) and nasturtiums. I have those flowers growing wild as well - a cooler wetter spring means my ones are still around, normally they die back for summer.

11-28-2010, 05:31 PM
Gotta love CP. The miner is splendid. The nasturtiums are well drawn. Love the colors you achieved.

11-28-2010, 09:24 PM
Elain, beautiful colour pencil work! The silver eye and miner are gorgeous and spot on, and I love nasturtiums. I am working on something at the moment with watercolour pencils with them - they are great flowers and leaves to draw and paint ;)

11-28-2010, 10:53 PM
The bird and flowers look great with the colored pencils>>

11-30-2010, 12:11 AM
Love that bird and the eye on him!!

11-30-2010, 12:40 AM
lovely colored pencil work! the bird is well drawn . . . :)

11-30-2010, 01:33 AM
Very nice work on the miner and the flowers!

11-30-2010, 01:39 AM
Once again, thank you everyone for your comments.

Page for yesterday and one catch up.

Happy dog on the beach. Pencil

Those horses keep on jumping in.
Water soluble crayons, ink

11-30-2010, 01:45 AM
Very cool colors and penwork on that horse. . . really like how you did that one, so imaginative and yet it proves that its the value, not the color that creates a likeness. Love it. The happy doggie is also great. Nice pages.

11-30-2010, 07:38 PM
That's one happy dog. Great capture of the moment.

The horse is splendid. Like the blue/orange compliments.

11-30-2010, 11:57 PM
awesome colors on the horse:) very nice sketches....

12-02-2010, 12:48 AM
I loved the horses you "found" in the acrylic paint. I even enjoyed the "south end of a cow facing north" piece :)

12-03-2010, 05:09 PM
last November page.


12-03-2010, 05:40 PM
Nicely done on the dog, horse and tree, Elain! Congrats on the sketchbook project - it looks great!

12-03-2010, 07:28 PM
Congrats on the finish. The tree is awesome.

12-04-2010, 12:00 AM
very nice tree Elain, congrats on the Nov challenge...:)