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Fabulous collection of sketches. I can't wear killer heels either. The last time I wore heels was to my dad's funeral. It was one of his last requests that I dress up, including heels, for his funeral.
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Thanks Glynda and Debby. I wear heel maybe for weddings.
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Wonderful start to the year! I love that field. Your bakery's excellent too and all the people sketches, but I think that field is one of my favorites of anything you've done. It's so colorful and effective. Less is more. Cool technique with the Tombow pens too. I'll have to give that a try, there's even a water brush in the Tombow set itself for blending out. Good variety of weird high heels, I guess the idea of putting women on stilts is an ancient one.
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Joan, I love those heel sketches and the cute looking chef entrance.
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Robert - Thanks. There were a lot of odd high heels and when I came home I did a little reading about the history of high heels in cultures.

Thanks, Ai.
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Joan, you have really nice sketches. I am in awe of your work every time I look at it. Your sketch using Tombow pens has really inspired me to want to do my sketches in pen and ink after I use up either my pads of paper or our colored pencils.
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Yesterday my portrait sketch group met and our model was Beth. I finished early so I did a tiny sketch of her in one of my small sketchbooks.

Tonight my other sketch group went to a local cheese shop, The Cheese Patch. It was fun sketching the counter with all the displays and bottles.
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Re: Joan's 2015 Sketches

Great sketches all around. I particularly like the field and the cheese shop, beautiful colours in both. I very much admire your ability to produce such beautiful scenes that connect with the viewer. Any time I attempt to do a scene is is always clinical and lacks any life. I don't really enjoy doing them but, just in case it is because I am so bad at it, I keep trying. Maybe if I get better at it I will enjoy it more.
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Great cheese shop sketch! I love the mass of detail and the interesting nuances in all your urban scenes. You capture and catalogue so much that's quaint and colorful in life, everywhere you go. I tend to simplify a lot, would only do a tenth of the objects you put into a sketch like that and somehow you make it work, you mass them, the details flow into a coherent pattern and lovely composition. I'm always impressed by those complex scenes because it's so easy to make something like that come out confusing and unbalanced.

Great portrait of your friend Beth too. She has interesting features and I'm still awed by anyone doing people in watercolor.
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Lovely portrait. Great sketch of the cheese shop.
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Re: Joan's 2015 Sketches

Some of those heels look like weapons. I'd fall and break an ankle.
The cheese sketch is wonderful. Do They have sandwiches too?
Nice work.
Portraits are well done.
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Sydney - Thanks so much. Like with anything it takes a lot of practice, which I do daily. I had an instructor for a workshop once and he said that if you think about all the other forms of art...dancers practice for hours, musicians practice for hours, vocalists practice for hours, etc. It is only painters who expect to sit right down and create a masterpiece without even warming up. lol

Robert - Thanks. You should see some of what I leave out of those scenes.

Debby - Thank you.

Pat - I thin some of those shoes could be used as weapons lol Thanks. The Cheese Patch had cheese, wine, soup but I didn't see sandwiches.

I haven't been getting out with my sketchbook so much lately due to the cold weather up here in NY and the fact that I am participating in Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days." (Robert is too.) I've also been posting all the paintings from that challenge as a "Sky Series" over in the Watercolor Forum. Here is a link to it if you want to see.
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I did get out yesterday for a quick sketch in my journal. This was a display in front of one of the restaurants that are closed for the season down by the water in Sayville.
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Wow, great scene. I love the way it all ties together and you have all those textures. It's beautiful. Great atmosphere and accuracy. I love the loose vignette edges too, the way the strokes fan out. You're so good with watercolor and pen.
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Re: Joan's 2015 Sketches

Thanks Robert and Debby. I love reading your comments.

Most of what I have been doing is for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge and those aren't in sketchbooks. Here are a few sketches I did get done.

I went to the local library the other day when it was raining and sketched some people.

Yesterday my portrait group met and Liz sat for us. I had time for a regular portrait in my sketchbook and a quick sketch of her too.
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