After yesterday’s #pleinair outing, I realized I needed a better system for balancing all the little odds and ends that #paintingoutside takes. 😛 I’ve been eyeing the #pochade boxes on Amazon & DickBlick for a while... but I’m on a budget and didn’t want to lay down any green for something I wasn’t certain I’d love (they really need a “test drive” period for plein air gear!). 🍃
Fortunately! I had a box from an old nail care kit that I never used and was waaayy past its date (had to be 15yrs old at least! 😳). So I dumped the contents, snitched the box, and went to work! 😁 The backing board for my paper is attached to the lid with velcro for easy taping and removal of artwork, and my @winsorandnewton Cotman #watercolor set is securely held in with velcro as well. #fountainpen , pencil, and assorted goodies + my cut down brushes (I whacked an inch off the ends so they’ll fit nicely in the 6” inside space) complete my new #travelsketching paint kit. 🙌🏼
The bonus? I spent a grand total of $0 setting this up because I had everything on hand! #forthewin 🙌🏼
At first I didn't like this, I thought this sketch was terrible. Again all those weird thoughts came in for a second ― I can't draw, how pathetic this drawing is, etc.
BUT that's okay! Yes, it's defying all rules of human proportions. But this is mine. I created this! All on my own. And so I'm proud of it and I like it. Before you doubt yourself, remember that art is a medium of expression. It may mean something to me, something to some other and maybe nothing to the rest. I'm very much still learning to like my art though - it's a process. But hey I expressed 🐢 whee
Веселое видео о том, как я старалась не опаздать и сделать задания к #экстримскетчинг5 в Стамбуле.
Правда потом выяснилось (из эфира с Анной), что нужно только главного героя рисовать, без деревьев, людей.. Ну блин, значит план перевыполнен 😂
A sketch of one of my sister’s teacup from afternoon tea today with her lovely neighbour.
I did this sketch using Aquarius Quin Gold - like the Daniel Smith Quin Gold hue, this paint exploded more than I’m used to. But one important rule when painting with watercolour is to embrace the happy accidents. So I just let the pigment do its thing so that I can start to understand its properties.
Note: I’m still using my stash of original DS Quin Gold and have generally found the new versions to behave rather differently in mixes and when working wet. The Aquarius version is a lovely ‘clean’ hue but I need to test it more before I can give a definitive assessment of it.
Part of the preparation for the Group Run-through of my SketchingNow Watercolour course (follow link in bio for more information) is to sketch your palette.
My palette hasn’t conceptually changed for a number of years but from time to time I tweak it, exploring alternatives within the general categories of colours.
This trip my palette has been continually changing as I’ve been testing some new Aquarius watercolour paints by Roman Szmal from Poland. I’ve met up with Roman twice on this trip and so I have a little collection of new paints to try. I also handpicked 5 colours for the Palladian Odyssey tours. Three of these are in my palette again as I loved using them so much - Venetian Yellow Earth, Italian Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine.
I have hesitated a little to share this palette as I know that some of you go nuts about new colours…so please note this is a testing palette and none of these changes are locked in. But it takes time to get to know any new colour and so these colours will be in my palette for a few weeks at the very least. 😀
My advice to you is to spend time getting to know the paints that you already have in your palette. If you are someone who is constantly buying new colours, I suggest that you freeze for your selection for 3 months so that you work out how you need to tweak it - rather than just blindly buying new colours that other people use. 😀It will be tough going but super helpful. BTW a big part of the SketchingNow Watercolour course is dedicated to helping you work this out!
In terms of the Aquarius watercolours… I am very impressed. They are not easy to find at the moment. But are available at artemiranda.es who will ship internationally.
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I’m working hard this week on SketchingNow stuff so no time for sketching outings (unless I can tie it in with Aunty duty 😀) but I always have time for a quick teacup sketch - quick paint only ellipses and loose versions of delicate details. It’s always a great way to get my creative juices flowing.
Fun fact. The owner of my Airbnb found my work online last year so knew that I liked teacups 😀 so she got out her granny’s teacup and pot for me. How special is that. Thanks Ann-Marie!
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Я рисую. Глаша рисует. Ариша рисует. Ариша рисует на моих рисунках... И мне это нравится 😍▪️Когда нарисовала этот скетч, поняла, что глашина шапка ‘исполняет’ первые аккорды песенки ‘Are you sleeping, brother John’🎶🎵😆▪️Больше скетчей детей - в сторис😉 #truesketching#трускетчинг ▪️Рисую в маленьком блокноте @maxgoodz для маркеров. Он очень компактный, помещается в любую из моих микросумок)) Постоянно таскаю его собой))
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Sketching in St Giles Cathedral with @esthersemm at the end of a great day. This is my longest sketch for a long time. We have been sitting here for 1.5 hours chatting and sketching. I did a quick first sketch in the first 15 minutes and we have been going at a leisurely pace. Just what I needed.
This sketch was done with permanent fountain ink and a waterbrush. I needed to apply the water quickly while the ink was still wet.
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The introduction section of my SketchingNow Watercolour online course includes an explanation of how to get to know your brushes. I don’t want people to blindly rush out and buy the brush I use, but rather I want them to get the most out of their existing supplies. BTW I’m hosting a Group Run-through of the course starting next week (follow link in bio for more info)
During the course I use a @rosemarybrushes R13 travel pointed round which is a fantastic beginner brush. However in my everyday sketching I use (almost exclusively) a 1/2 inch sable blend dagger (Series 772).
Here is a quick video showing some of the ways I use this brush. A big part of this is twisting it in my hand and being very intentional about the direction of the stroke. I love love love the expressive marks I get with this brush. 💙💙💙