Saturday, December 8, 2012

A CONFESSION AND SKETCHES

I've been SLOWLY going through the book "Mastering Sketching--A complete course in 40 lessons" by Judy Martin.  When I bought the book I thought, "Forty lessons, let's see I can finish that in a couple of months".  NOT. I really have a problem messing up a nice sketch book with scribbles and dabbles and untidy shambles.  I save those for a cheap tablet of paper I can toss when it gets too hashed.  I know I need to loosen up but I'm kind of a compulsive tight-wad.  So I'm still going through the lessons.  Here are a few sketches I'm willing to show off.

This is a study from the painting, "In Love," by Marcus Stone.  
It was done for the lesson--Sketching from Reproductions.

A combination of ink and watercolor pencils done of an old freight wagon.

Part of a small version of "Morning Echo Bay" which resulted in a finished painting I sold through my Etsy shop.  This is a sketch of the view from the motor vessel David B.  We spent five enjoyable and unforgettable days aboard on a tour of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound this summer.

Another one done from the David B.

This I call, "Before the Feast."  It's done from a photo I took before we covered this table and another one for our family Thanksgiving in November.  It was sketched for Lesson 18, Light and Shade.

I started on these lessons in July and I'm almost half-way through.  Not exactly finishing in two months.

14 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Good things take time.

Linda Sue said...

Oh wow- the table is fabulous! I love that one the very best!

jeanie said...

They are truly gorgeous!

Introverted Art said...

Leenie, I honestly think you should be kinder to yourself because you are an amazing artist with TONS of talent!!!!!!!
As per the carving block I use, I use Speedball Speedycut Blocks. :-) Have an amazing evening!

Brian King said...

These are awesome! I love that old wagon! Beautiful!

5 Monkeys and a Chick said...

Holy canary! Seriously, you learned all this from a book? If you tell me yes, I'm buying for Christmas! There is definate talent in your art!
Ps. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Buttons said...

Oh Leenie I love your paintings/drawings I look forward to seeing them every time.
My Auntie M told me I should take up painting it would center me and she is sure I would be good at it.
I have lots of art books to teach me but I really just look at the pictures and dream. That is what I am doing now. I wish I could come see you and you could give me lessons you are truly amazing. B

laura.forestdreams:) said...

oh wow! you are so good!! so talented...i love the colors & stillness in your first painting...
and the Morning Echo Bay...

so, you're saying you learned to sketch...from a book? well, no, you're not...you just thought you needed to...what? sketch better?

you do awesome ART!!
i love watercolors...wish i could learn THAT from a book...guess i first need to find some time! =)

Sarah said...

Pretty good going I would say-don't be so hard on yourself! I also love the last one and all of them really!

Joanne Noragon said...

That sounds like a useful book to develope technique. You have inspired me to write a short post about my sister, who is also an artist. I am so in awe of what you can put on paper!

Elizabeth Wix said...

Dear Leenie
I'm always super impressed by your paintings
water color can be very unforgiving!

Terry and Linda said...

You are truly a gifted painter. Why not start a book of your own? I'm sure you have lots you can teach others.

Linda
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Pearl said...

That table really speaks to me...

Pearl

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I like your work--I'm now a follower!!