Back to Basics

I learned so much making these color charts for some of my paint palettes — learned about each paint’s personalty, how to use the brush, how to arrange my water and paints in relation to my paper.

 

Same with making these color swatches of my five palettes.

 

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November Sketches

Moleskine Sketches

Sketchbook Sketches

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Recycled Packaging-Paper Sketches

Watercolor Sketches

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Another Oroville Getaway

It’s nice to drive outta town, to head over mountains and follow delta rivers.  Nothing like a place to stay with nothing to do — nothing but putting marks on paper.  (Click for bigger views.)

Managed to catch this view of Oroville’s Cemetary on the back of some recycled packaging paper.

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Kept drawing fast, whatever was in front of me, then added hues with watercolor paints and pencils.

On Recycled Packaging Paper

Taking inspiration from Peter Rush, started drawing on recycled packaging paper, mostly tea boxes, pizza and cereal boxes, and aTV dinner box.  Corrugated paper didn’t work so well.  Click for larger images…

Watercolor Fun

Also started painting more, taping “practice” watercolor paper onto a clipboard, then playing with wet washes and drawing what I find in the dried paint…

Other times, drew out things in pen-and-ink, then laid in washes after that…

Turns out, drawing and painting are very separate tasks and yet so symbiotic, each depending on the other to enhance its best qualities…

Some pages got divvied up into quadrants,  so I painted out small thumbnails of things I passed on my daily walks through San Francisco.

Mostly, it’s just nice to capture a moment, to lock in the feeling that caused my hand to reach for the pen.

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From Another Sketchbook

These are mostly watercolor pencil or plain watercolor in an old inexpensive sketchbook.  That it’s old and inexpensive gives me the freedom to try new things and make mistakes, which I do a lot!  Click an image to enlarge.

 

October Moleskine Sketches

Did a lot of drawing this month.  Something kicked into gear.

Right after spending six weeks posting all my past work to Instagram, I got a new sense of purpose.

I realized that, without even having intended to, I’ve committed myself to this form of self expression.  And you know what?  I love it.

Here’s most of what I sketched this month in the Moleskine.  Click on each for a larger view.