One intimidating thing about sketchbooks is the chance of having something bad preserved in a book with other good sketches. For the most part, I am filling up my 3×5 pentalic watercolor sketchbook with good sketches, but there are some duds. I painted over one of them with a layer of pink casein because I didn’t want to see it any more and I thought it would be good to have some toned pages. I wasn’t sure how painting watercolor over it would work, though. This is the result of a test this morning:
The paint really just sits on the surface and takes awhile to dry, but it’s certainly workable. I don’t think I’d do this normally–probably better to tone the paper with watercolor instead–but it’s a good way to cover up mistakes.
While waiting for that one to dry, I also wanted to test my old 3×5 watercolor moleskine. Just messing around with some colors, this is what I came up with:
Both paintings were done largely with a connoisseur travel round (thee tree was done with a small flat). I wanted to see how big a brush would work in these little books, as I’d previously been using smaller brushes that don’t allow for working as wet and loosely. If I were to go in for some finer work, a smaller brush would be useful just to work drier, but sticking with one, I think the larger brush is the way to go.
There’s a place in the Potomac River not far from my house that’s really peaceful. Not too many people go there. I tried to capture that sense of calm with an earth color palette of Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre. I think I’d do this a little differently again with the hanging branch left of center. The even split of the picture feels a little jarring.
Flowers on the piano by the window. Trying to draw more because it’s easier to get started on a drawing than a painting. This time experimenting with pencil and a blending stump.
Quick drawing of a tree in front of the rows of grapes at Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg VA. Great way to spend a day off.
Tiny sketch of The Riverwalk in Frederick.
I used a small flat brush I converted to a travel brush and the tiny travel brush that comes with Winsor and Newton pocket kits. I always have the intention of using this setup when out, but tiny doesn’t necessarily mean faster. This took about an hour. Still, it was good to see that I can fit a fairly substantial scene in a small book.
For colors I kept it muted with yellow ochre, brown madder, cerulean blue, Prussian blue, sepia, and permanent green olive with a little white mixed in at the end for the lilly pads.
Here’s a close up. Thanks for reading.
Family trip to Frederick, MD today, where we wandered around the Riverwalk. Reminded me of Providece, but miniaturized.
The water is shallow. It’s a water garden, Koi pond, and duck haven. Some cute ducks made a nest in one of the plants.
Other ducks liked sleeping under the bridge.