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12-01-2010, 10:52 PM
I have a long list of things that I want to get done soon, preferably this year - this book is one small item on the list. Please indulge me while I try to finish during December.

Mont Marte sketching journal, A5 landscape. This is a cheap hardcover book - at first I didn't like the paper, but as I go it is growing on me, with a nice tooth / texture. Mainly using pen, water soluble graphite pencils, charcoal, wcs and wc pencils, black and white prismacolor. About 17 sheets / 35 pages to go.

I have been using the book mainly when I get out with a local sketching group, every week or two, but will need to make some special trips as well I think. Most of the time we sketch at local beaches.
Here are some of today's efforts....windy and overcast, hard to get settled.

I may post a few older pages as well during the month, let me know if there are too many!:thumbsup:





12-02-2010, 12:00 AM
Chris I do not think I am alone in saying your posts are welcome, the more the merrier! Your art is so fresh and interesting. Keep up the good work.

12-02-2010, 12:23 AM
Post away, it'll be fun to see everything.

These are marvelous sketches from the beach.

12-02-2010, 12:54 AM
That loose sea-side sketch is so atmospheric :)

12-02-2010, 12:56 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, hopefully there will be no regrets!:D

Candace - Your art is so fresh and interesting Maybe I am too used to seeing my stuff, glad you see more.

Debby - I have fun doing them too.

EP - almost missed your post - I called that sketch a failure at first (Inktense pencils), it all got a bit blah, but after the page dried I added some pen which fixed it up a bit I think. I'll have to go back on a sunny day and try that one again, it is a nice view.


12-02-2010, 08:41 PM
Wonderful pen work Chris. You're lucky to have a group to go sketching with.


12-02-2010, 11:05 PM
Thanks David. I find the group is good to encourage me to get out more.

Here are a couple of older ones until the weather improves....from my favourite sketching haunt, the local swamp. Water soluble graphite pencils.




12-02-2010, 11:12 PM
Quite expressive with the water soluble graphite.

12-03-2010, 04:37 AM
The pen and pencil strokes are very gestural and "active". Looks like the sketching group is a winner for inspiration!

Joan T
12-03-2010, 12:04 PM
Chris - That first tree is awesome...wonderfully textured!!! Glad to see you doing plein airs. I'll be stopping in to see more.

12-03-2010, 12:57 PM
I really enjoy your sketching style. The touches of color here really complement the pen and pencil work as well. Very nice!

12-03-2010, 06:44 PM
Thanks all.

Joan - I am an inveterate outdoor sketcher, been doing it for years.


12-06-2010, 05:05 PM
Here is one from last Saturday evening, and a couple of older ones - trying for themed posts!:D

My wife and I often go to the local beach for fish and chips, and while waiting I have been doing quick sketches. I usually have around 5 minutes or so.

This is Saturday's one...a block of units and shops down the street...watersoluble graphite pencil


Here is a similar one from October, charcoal??? and watercolour added later..


And the fish shop, from August, watersoluble graphite again...



12-06-2010, 05:22 PM
Great stuff Chris! I like the way you are doing different versions of the same subject, and a novel way to while away the time waiting for the fish and chips!

12-06-2010, 08:46 PM
Looks like splendid use of your time. These are very atmospheric.

12-06-2010, 08:52 PM
Really nice urban sketches! A tough subject for me...

12-06-2010, 10:42 PM
Thanks Jackie, Debby and John (almost forgot you).:clap:

Out today with an hour to fill, went for a short walk and found a small park with a shady tree to sit and sketch.

1) Inktense pencils (indigo and baked earth?) and waterbrush, strange little building, maybe some sort of utility function.


2) another shady tree and seat across the park...pen (got a bit carried away maybe!:wink2: )



12-07-2010, 05:40 PM
I really like all your urban sketches. These are a wonderful addition.

12-07-2010, 06:51 PM
great urban sketches. . . love that last pen one the best I think.

12-07-2010, 10:00 PM
Thanks Debby, Rainy...

Out and about with time to fill again today, spent some time close to the river....started getting bitten by sandflies, so left early, but got a couple done. Sketched in my car, it was showering again....

Inktense pencils, pen...

1) trunk of large Crows Ash tree standing up out of gully. These trees get large seed pods(?) on them, which open out into a five-point star shape.

2) seed pod I picked up and sketched in car - these are very spiky, not something you want to stand or sit on! When I was a kid we used to put silver paint on these and use them as Xmas decorations. Before the pods open they are more oval in shape, a bit smaller than my clenched fist.


12-07-2010, 10:15 PM
More nice sketches, Chris! Wow, I definitely would not want to step on one of those seed pods in bare feet...yow! :eek:

12-08-2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks John - they aren't too bad;, not real sharp, and with so many spikes it is like a bed of nails, not comfortable, but usually they don't do damage.

Sketching group again today, local beach... Inktense pencils, pen...one day I'll work out a better way of doing the surf, but the rocks are enough challenge for now.:cat:

Some kind of old concrete marker on the rocks, no idea what it is there for...


Driftwood and more rocks....


Double page spread...shown as two pages...please join together in your mind!

Tree, a suggestion of a fellow sketcher, and more than a suggestion of my wife reading on her little 'puter. I almost didn't add the figures in, that's why a branch cuts through...


Getting through my book, should be finished this month as planned.:crossfingers:


12-08-2010, 11:57 PM
More wonderful outdoor sketches. Very expressive.

12-09-2010, 12:33 AM
More great stuff. Your sketching style is just really expressive and fun.

12-09-2010, 09:12 PM
Thanks Debby, John. I enjoy doing these, I'm glad something shows.

12-10-2010, 11:03 PM
Catching up with some older pages in this book - charcoal fixed with shellac, gives the page a slight tint - sketching in amongst rocks and pandanus trees on the local coast in October.




Hopefully I can find time to put new stuff in the book soon - where does the time go in the silly season?


12-11-2010, 09:38 PM
Everyone is busy. These are great.

12-12-2010, 12:09 AM
Thanks Debby. It's raining here, good weather for catching up with the forum.:D

12-12-2010, 11:55 AM
great sketches, Chris. . . enjoy the rainy day. I love those the best (unfortunately, don't get em much here!)

12-12-2010, 12:16 PM
More good ones, Chris! Hey, Rainy, you're welcome to visit us if you're missing rainy days...! We are getting hammered by the 'Pineapple Express' right now - even by Pacific NW standards in winter it is SOGGY here. We're on a hill but the valley which we overlook (and the older part of the town that's in it plus sister towns all through the valley) is predicted to flood dramatically today and tomorrow. The last time we had these conditions, the place where I often go birding and sketching was under eight to ten feet of water...all the ground-oriented birds will be long gone after today for some time.

12-12-2010, 08:15 PM
Thanks Rainy, John

After years of dry / drought I won't complain about the rain - over the last few months of good rainfall, I have noticed an increase in the number of frogs croaking at night - I like that - for years there didn't seem to be any.

When I'm not sketching trees, rocks or the ocean I occasionally try to capture some of the other sketchers...

... a panorama view across two pages of my book, pen, please join the two together - my wife is stuck in the middle reading on her computer.


12-12-2010, 09:14 PM
This is a great sketchbook Chris - I like the last few with the figures in, you really manage to capture the essence without all the details, what I figure "true" sketching is all about!

We've had lots of rain down here in Adelaide - in some parts too much all at once, but I am not complaining. As you said, after so many dry years it is good to see a heavy downpour and our garden looks great at the moment! I think we had the December average in one day......... ;)

12-12-2010, 10:38 PM
Great view of the other sketchers.

12-13-2010, 09:31 PM
Thanks Jackie - I often start fiddling with details before I have the big picture, a bad habit I am trying to get over. Anyway, this is sketching for me.:D

Thank you too Debby. It's a good group, great for motivation to get out and sketch.

12-16-2010, 06:53 PM
Last day for the sketching group this year was yesterday. I still have a few pages to finish on my own, will have to do some more solo!:D

Tops of some local buildings I could see while sitting in a park under a shady cool tree. I need to go back and do more of these, the perspective got the better of me.


Two from yesterday's session at a local beach.


12-16-2010, 08:51 PM
Splendid drawings and painting. When does your sketch group start up again?

12-17-2010, 12:31 PM
Wonderful work on a wide range of subjects...architecture, landscapes, figures. Impressive!

12-17-2010, 06:57 PM
Thanks folks.

Debby, it should all get going again late January, hopefully I can still get along.

John, the organiser of the group is choosing some different sites next year, more in the public eye - should be more variety of subjects.

Still about seven double page spreads in the book - despite the wet weather, the silly season and other running around I may just finish the book this year.

12-18-2010, 02:48 AM
love the energy put in to your strokes. The seascape puts the viewer right there with you. great job.

12-19-2010, 02:43 PM
great sketches, Chris.

They are very expressive. I like that you added figures to the one with the tree. The branch going through doesn't matter at all.

12-19-2010, 03:51 PM
I've said it many times, like your lines and shading.... great job.

12-20-2010, 10:41 PM
Thanks Bluefly, Elaine, Chuck. I appreciate your comments.

Here is one from yesterday (pen), interrupted (but probably better for it). A gum tree while my wife had an appointment, finished when she rang to let me know she was done.


And an older one at the coast, with some watercolour pencil added for colour...



12-21-2010, 02:18 AM
Marvelous tree drawing.

The coast one looks good with the color added.

12-21-2010, 08:34 AM
very nice ink drawings, love how you use the pen in various ways. The buildings are really good. Great pops of color with the wc pencils also. a very nice sketchbook!

12-21-2010, 06:23 PM
the gum tree is perfect, great job on the coast picture too...:)

12-21-2010, 11:06 PM
Thanks again everyone. Five more double spreads in my book, and rainy days predicted thru to Xmas, so more grey pics coming up I think! Hopefully predicted flooding will be minor.:crossfingers:

Went for a drive to the coast this morning, sketched in the car because of the rain. Prismacolour pencils, black and sienna brown, plus a little bit of purple coloured pencil for a few initial guidelines.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Dec-2010/6409-22dec2010_2.resized.jpg The water was deserted except for a solitary surfer. Didn't quite get the rainy grey feeling, but I like this one.


12-23-2010, 12:44 AM
These look great. I like them.

12-23-2010, 07:29 AM
Thanks Debby.

The sketch today is in the same park (near the local river) as the gum tree from two days ago. With high tides and raised river levels after recent rain, some of it got inundated. Interesting, but I don't want to see levels get much higher. Hopefully predicted rain over the next week is less than expected. :crossfingers:


12-23-2010, 11:19 AM
Oooh great gum tree :)

12-23-2010, 01:50 PM
Splendid sketch. Hope the water levels don't cause any problems.

12-23-2010, 01:51 PM
great work keeping up with the sketching even though it is raining.

I think you have caought something of the atmosphere in the one with the surfer - empty picnic table and the overcast sky.

I like the sketch of the flooded trees.

12-23-2010, 05:08 PM
Thanks EP, Debby, Elain.

01-02-2011, 02:04 AM
Finally finished this book. It took a couple of days into the new year, but considering everything I'm happy with that.

Final four....all pen (Uniball Fine Deluxe).

1 Jan ... waiting for fish and chips again, early evening


simple silhouette, which I actually shaded today (2jan)


2 Jan ... under my house, bicycles


our old dog - he has one eye, and really bad arthritis in his front legs... something disturbed him as I was ready to do the head; the first attempt from memory turned out small, had another go when he settled again. He's a great little fellow, not sure how much more time we will have together. :crying:


Thanks for joining me on my sketching ramble. :thumbsup: Now, what next???


01-02-2011, 12:33 PM
Great pen work Chris. The bicycle is especially well done, and from a difficult perspective. I know it's a bit late, but I really like the gum tree as well.


01-02-2011, 05:19 PM
Congrats on your finish. What's next?

These are all wonderful. Really like, (even the re-done head) the sketch of your dog.

01-02-2011, 08:56 PM
:thumbsup: Ditto from me on the great penwork. O your Sebastian looks like my late, great rat terrier Sampson!! :heart:O he is precious. The redone head implies the movement when they sleep & dream. Your bicycles under the house are very good too. Tells a story. I would like to attempt more scenes that do that. Looking forward to your 2011 sketches!:wave:

01-03-2011, 10:00 AM
there is a great atmosphere and sense of place in your work - and lovely loose marks that describe textures and movement well

01-03-2011, 05:52 PM
Thanks for your great comments everyone.

What's next? Still deciding - a few life things to get out of the way, then hopefully I can start kicking sketchbook butt.:D


01-03-2011, 07:29 PM
Chris your pen work is just super and very inspiring for me!

01-03-2011, 08:36 PM
Good job on finishing the sketchbook, Chris! And excellent sketchwork as usual. My favorite is Sebastian...I have two old ones as well (14 3/4 and 14 1/4). Dogs are great, but just don't live long enough, and though I wouldn't trade them for anything, getting to the end of the road with them is always tough. Looks like he's had a great home and a good life.

01-03-2011, 09:18 PM
Your work is so enjoyable because of the quick sketchiness and variety. I like the bike here.


01-04-2011, 04:35 AM
Margo - your pen work is just super and very inspiring for me! Wow, that's nice to know, thank you.

John, thanks - getting to the end of the road with them is always tough yeah, sure is. He seems to be still enjoying life

Diana, thanks also - Your work is so enjoyable because of the quick sketchiness and variety Maybe sometimes too sketchy, but I'm the boss and I enjoy them too!:D

Cheers all

01-05-2011, 05:44 AM
Woo hoo! Finishing a sketchbook must feel good - haven't managed that myself just yet.... :lol:

I really like the bikes under the house - hope they are still there and not washed away?

01-05-2011, 04:21 PM
Woo hoo! Finishing a sketchbook must feel good - haven't managed that myself just yet.... :lol:

I really like the bikes under the house - hope they are still there and not washed away?

After you finish a few it isn't such a big deal, but it still feels good!:angel:

The bikes are still there; they need more use, I'm slack with my riding at the moment, but it would help with a couple of Xmas kilos I'm sure.:lol: