Just a little shed

My new online acquaintance, Peggy  (check out her creativity) likes it when I post the source along with my sketch or painting.  So here’s one for Peggy…. This shed / dock area in Hopetown, The Bahamas, appears shady & gray. The photo doesn’t at all capture the tropical atmosphere. But I remember why I took the photo, the feeling of the island, and I like the geometric composition, so played with some brighter colors in my sketch.  I’m focusing more on the play of light as the true subject matter. You can paint from other people’s source photographs if it’s only for practice; never enter such a painting in a show or event as your own work. Better yet, paint from your own photographs…. But when you do, put yourself back into that moment. The light, the atmosphere, how you felt, what interested you about the scene.  Now paint THAT.

My new online acquaintance, Peggy (check out her creativity) likes it when I post the source along with my sketch or painting. So here’s one for Peggy…. This shed / dock area in Hopetown, The Bahamas, appears shady & gray. The photo doesn’t at all capture the tropical atmosphere. But I remember why I took the photo, the feeling of the island, and I like the geometric composition, so played with some brighter colors in my sketch. I’m focusing more on the play of light as the true subject matter. You can paint from other people’s source photographs if it’s only for practice; never enter such a painting in a show or event as your own work. Better yet, paint from your own photographs…. But when you do, put yourself back into that moment. The light, the atmosphere, how you felt, what interested you about the scene. Now paint THAT.

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More from Green Turtle Cay…

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Sketched in Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas. Chicken in brush by roadside, and sketch from memory after snorkeling in Coco Bay.

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Yacht, see?

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For this sketch, I sat on a bench in the shade, while doing my laundry at the Green Turtle Marina. I did a light pencil sketch (15 to 20 min.) then went over it with a Staedtler Permanent "Fine" marker (about 10 min.). The dock had contemporary pilings, but I changed them to weathered wood. I kept the dock light to convey the sunlight. Using a portable palette & small water container, I added the color with a #12 pointed brush. The sketchbook is Arches 140-pound cold press, spiral bound, about 7 x 10".

For this sketch, I sat on a bench in the shade, while doing my laundry at the Green Turtle Marina. I did a light pencil sketch (15 to 20 min.) then went over it with a Staedtler Permanent “Fine” marker (about 10 min.). The dock had contemporary pilings, but I changed them to weathered wood. I kept the dock light to convey the sunlight. Using a portable palette & small water container, I added the color with a #12 pointed brush. The sketchbook is Arches 140-pound cold press, spiral bound, about 7 x 10″.

Little alley with alleycats -- the town of New Plymouth had delightful little pathways with blooming plants, picket fences and limestone walls.

Little alley with alleycats — the town of New Plymouth had delightful little pathways with blooming plants, picket fences and limestone walls.

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Ode to the rain

Rainy creek in Santa Rosa, and detail of a tree outside Bonnie’s window.

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Back from Bahamas!

bahama_townI visited Green Turtle Cay, a small island in the Bahamas, in late January. Gorgeous water. This is a sketch of the small town of New Plymouth. Some comparisons to the actual scene (photo below) – I added a small boat tied up, to emphasis the feeling of the sea wall. I simplified the cars that park along the edge & added two pedestrians. The point, to me, is to have fun with design and express the feeling of the place.bahama_town-of-new-plymouth_ph

 

 

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Clear directions

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This sign in Guerneville caught my eye. I found it amusing, like a recipe for what to do in this river town. Take one beach, add liquor store, and proceed! Baste with oil, then simmer under gentle heat. Rotate, brown all sides evenly. Enjoy!

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Hey Bartender

The composition gives some breathing room to the figure. Water-soluble Tombo black marker plus two colors of watercolor.

The composition gives some breathing room to the figure. Water-soluble Tombo black marker plus two colors of watercolor.

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Stopping in time is the challenge

Shaded lane in Key West, Fla. This is a studio drawing in ink & watercolor.

Shaded lane, Key West, Fla. (studio drawing in ink & watercolor, about 8″ wide). I’m liking the turquoise wall color which shifts to violet / blue in shadow. The learning point in this one was to save the whites.  For example, leaving the ground white to portray the stark sunlight against the contrast of the shadows. The “gray” roof is white, being in full sunlight. The pattern of the chain link fence is highlighted where light is striking it.  Funny … I just threw in the stop sign as a cute extra to fill out the page, but now I think it means STOP!!! Save those whites in your painting!!

 

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Bids of kindness – will you accept?

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This little leaf was a gift from someone at work. She thought I might like it. How kind! I accepted her gift and painted a picture of the leaf that very day. Its touch of bright green gives it a glowing appearance, contrasting with russet tones & brittle brown edges.

It’s important this year for me to be open to bids of kindness, to react thoughtfully and to offer my own “bids.” What is a bid? An effort to reach out. This little leaf. Or, for example, “Good morning, Marjorie.”  And Marjorie, an acquaintance, says “Hrrmph! What’s good about it? Just another day in hell.”   We’re all crabby from time to time or struggling with problems; that’s life, and friends stick by us. But what if this is Marjorie’s standard, everyday response, reflecting an overall negative attitude regardless of what’s going on? Eventually people may pull back.

What are the bids we notice and respond to? What are the bids we offer, and how are they received? Something I thought I would think about this coming year.

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End of the Alphabeth! Y & Z

Y is for yarn... ink & watercolor

Y is for yarn… ink & watercolor

Z is for zinnias.... in ink & watercolor.

Z is for zinnias…. in ink & watercolor.

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