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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Plein Aire group at my yard

 Thirteen people came and what a georgeous day in the 70's.

 My pen and ink.  Someone opened the gate and it looked so inviting.

 Luce's beautiful watercolors which she starts with a wash of color and subtle bright colors for the flowers and leaves.
 Three of Sandy's flowers-two pen and ink and one watercolor

 Joan did the iron bunny!
 Peggy always picks out something unique to draw.
 Lastly, Lois' (the teacher) perspective drawing of the back of the house.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Watercolors from our sketch class -Grau Mill and Cantigny

 Colors are still quite light -we work outside on site and get as much done as we have time for.  I'll work to finish them on my own.

My work from Peter Thornton's Workshop

This was the last thing I did in class-trying to try to get the watercolor step started to finish the quote.  The pressure and release letters were the variations we learned.  If you enlarge, you'll see the lined paper we put underneath the top sheet which helped save time to not measure and draw lines.
One of my practice sheets (sorry it was sideways)
Two more practice sheets -which are pages that will be sewn into a book form.  The top -the traditional caps and the bottom shows some of the variations which in this case are based on the oval shape.
A little of the pen work we did.

Peter Thornton Workshop

 As always, Peter's workshop was wonderful.  He used the folded pen to letter our names on the cover of our books which hold all our notes and practice pages.

On the first day we worked with HB pencils, drawing upper case letters.  First on the basic "Trajan Capitals" and then on to other variations.  Then using the 2B pencil, we worked on the Pressure and Release style making more practice pages for our books.  It's always nice to put the pages into book form to use as a reference later.
Sunday we moved to the pen and with Peter's fabulous pen work demos, we worked hard to make our letters look like his!  I've shown the M, N etc, done by him.

We ran out of time before we got our pages sewn together, but I'll do that before the time gets away, and hopefully won't put it off.  I have too many unfinished things from workshops.