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Old 06-08-2010, 11:58 PM
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A New Life for An Old Aquabee Sketchbook

I have a 9 x 12 Aquabee sketchbook that I've had for a long time. Like most of my other sketchbooks, I've done a few things in them and then put them aside and forgot about them. This sketchbook has had a couple of lives already. In it's first life, I did some sketches on a snowy Thanksgiving weekend while riding to Pennsylvania in our truck. Well, I sketched them in the truck, and painted them in the evening at my mother-in-law's house. The date on these says 1995. There are two more pages of similar sketches.


I revived the book a couple of years later when I got the idea to sketch flowers from my garden as they bloomed. I planned on having 100 flowers - like a Georgia O'Keefe book I had called "One Hundred Flowers". I think I got up to 13.


After I quit painting the flower journal, I did some half-hearted pencil sketches and the sketchbook got put aside again.
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Re: A New Life for An Old Aquabee Sketchbook

Today I'm giving the sketchbook yet another life. I want to learn how to sketch in ink. There are several reasons for this. 1. I really like ink sketches and have seen some sketchbooks done in ink that I love. 2. I am a very tentative sketcher, and my pencil sketches are very light (I enhance the contrast on most of them so you can see them). I sketch and erase, and sketch and erase, and it takes me forever to get a sketch done. Sketching in ink will force me to be bolder. 3. My light pencil sketches sometimes rub off so much that you can barely see them. Ink won't rub off.

So I went into the WDE photos and did a few pen sketches. I think I am going to like doing these.



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Michelle, these are great! Thank you for sharing your watercolor plein airs and your flowers too. Those are beautiful. Your ink drawings are lovely. I often sketch in pencil under mine and do my correcting in the inking, so if you're hesitant in the pencil stage that just makes it easier to clean up after ink.

The cockerel came out fantastic. The street artist is excellent and that landscape with reflections is gorgeous. Well done!
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Great stuff. The watercolor florals are especially nice.

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It's great that you've started using the sketchbook again! Pretty flowers and snow scene.
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Re: A New Life for An Old Aquabee Sketchbook

Very nice, Michelle! Are the winter scenes in the Poconos by any chance? I grew up not too far from there, along I-80.
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Good for you. It is so nice to visit old sketchbooks and become friends again. I like ink sketches also.
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Lovely work Michelle, especially those first watercolours.

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Thanks, Robert, David, Vivien, Raymond, John, Nancy, and Yorky.

John, the old w/c sketches were done along Route 80, around the Hazelton area, or maybe a little further west. There are a lot of areas along 80W where you can see a long way off, so you have time to do a quick sketch before the landscape is behind you, especially if you are riding in a truck. I tried it from a car, and it doesn't work as well. I no longer have the truck, and we haven't been out that way in many years, but I had a lot of fun doing those simple quick sketches. It forced me to be fast.
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Re: A New Life for An Old Aquabee Sketchbook

Michelle it is great to see your older work. Nice to hear the stories associated with them too. The flowers are so pretty. Good idea for restarting in your journal. I sketch in pen quite often and love it. I find it very freeing for some reason. When I pick up a pencil, which I still do, I tend to get hesitant again and like you erase and sketch and erase some more. All the scavenger hunts have helped so much.

Great cockerel/chicken. Really nice shape. You did a good job on the pavement artist and landscape too. I look forward to seeing more. Don't be scared, just keep trying.
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Hi Michelle,

Well, I thought the landscape looked a bit familiar! I was born and raised in Bloomsburg, which is only a few miles west of Hazleton, right on I-80, so I'm very familiar with the area. I'm looking forward to the rest of your book!
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Michelle, thanks for showing us your wonderful snow scenes and flowers. The ink sketches are marvelous. I think a lot of sketchbooks end up going through phases as the artist puts them down to move on to other things, then finds them again. It shows the artist growing and changing.
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Mickey - I'm glad you are giving this one a new life. I can just imagine you sketching while Dave was flying along I-80!! Good idea to practice sketching in ink. These came out great!! I love the rooster. Keep 'em comin'.
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Re: A New Life for An Old Aquabee Sketchbook

Thanks, Jacqui and Dr. Debby.

John, I'm glad that you liked and recognized my little PA sketches. I started sketching from the truck during the many trips back and forth taking our two sons to and from Penn State. It was a long trip and doing little tiny sketches was a way to entertain myself and make the trip seem not so long.

Joan, it was fun sketching in the truck. That was a long time ago, and I haven't really tried to do anything like that since. Most places I travel now the scenery is more complicated and goes by too fast. As for the ink sketches, I always liked looking at ink drawings, but I really fell in love with those sketchbooks that Jerry Brommer and Cheap Joe showed us at the Springmaid workshop. I've just never been able to commit myself to using the pen long enough to get good at it. Now maybe I will.

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