OK…so I was actually (who me?) spontaneous this summer and signed up for a www.Joggles.com class with Jane LaFazio, Sketchbooks and Watercolor on Location. The idea is/was that you go OUT to sketch and sketch from the real thing, not a photo. I am SO GLAD I did…I’m having a ball, so much so that (as I’ve mentioned before) I signed up for a second class. This post is about the first class, and one of the early lessons.
Told the child I wanted /needed about an hour. After dithering about what treat to get, I finally sat down at this table with LUSCIOUS basil.
Then I finally began to sketch.
Here is the sketch, done first in pencil, then inked in with a Pitt pen. Of course, 20 minutes after I arrived I get a call: “Mom, it’s too hot to run!” Me: “remember I said I needed about an hour?” Then, “you’ll have to wait for me for another half hour…find a shady spot to sit.” Sigh.
SO…. I packed up my cup and supplies and the rest of the chocolate cake (slurp), and retrieved the child and headed home. It actually was pretty warm. Then I set things up at home. The shadows/light were different, but close enough….
And the final sketch:
Considering I’m just starting with watercolor, I’m pretty happy. I have discovered that having REAL watercolor paper makes a world of difference, and having little water in the brush makes it much easier to stay within the shapes and not bleed and make yucky stuff! FUN!