Spent a lotta time this month prepping new classes for the spring. Still, managed to get some drawing done. Started off right on New Years Day…Caught an awesome early year sunset…Once back from Mexico, did a study of skies and clouds, using four different shades of blue…
Also did a detailed study of Yogi Ram from Mexico…
Another month has come and gone, and just can’t believe how much drawing and sketching and painting I’ve done. Never would’ve imagined I’d be so prolific with so many examples of wabi-sabi. I’m starting to get addicted — if I’m not already.
Now more than halfway through this current notebook. Drawing on lined papers makes me nostalgic for my former poetry days. Feels like I’m still writing, only now in a language of color and line.
Working through a few different sketchbooks. One of them is very inexpensive with low-grade paper. Like using that one most because I feel most free making mistakes. That allows me to follow the pen and see what happens. I’ve got a couple other sketchbooks with heavier paper, which is much much better for watercolor practice.
When I want to get serious, I tape some heavyweight hot-press watercolor paper to a clipboard and get to work with watercolor washes. So much more commitment and fear when working on better materials. Makes surrender to the process that much more terrifying. And pleasure with the finished product that much more rewarding.
In some cases, I’ll draw on recycled packaging paper or on plain recycled copy paper. Sometimes, I sketch out ideas for bigger sketches. Or I’ll quickly sketch what’s in front of me. It’s better than being bored! And, of course, I keep doing color charts of the all my palettes.
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…
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.