Don't get me wrong. I love to crosshatch. I also realize there is a time and place for everything. And crosshatching can be taken too far.
So I'm trying to loosen up, to learn to sketch quicker. This sketch took me 30 minutes from start to finish. It may have been less but I didn't time myself. No crosshatching. Just basic line drawing with watercolor for the depth.
I like the way it turned out, too. I'm starting to get the hang of this watercolor thing. And I can only get better, right?
This is a drawing I did for my Sketchbook Skool homework. The assignment was to use watercolor to draw a sky. Well, I can safely say it's been too cold to sit outside and draw, so I found a photo of the Madison skyline.
Once I began to look at the photo I realized it is a fairly old photo. Those trees and houses along the shore? Yeah, no, they aren't there anymore. The last tree on the right is where the Monona Terrace is now.
Unless of course the photo was reversed. I kind of doubt it though. I have no idea how old the photo is, either. Mid to late 80's is my guess.
Despite all of that, I am pretty happy with the results. I'm getting more comfortable with my watercolor abilities. Gee, I think I could do art full time. I just need to find a patron, like daVinci did. I would be all over that...
I was 17 years old when I got my first car. My Dad paid $300 for it. It was a 3-speed stick shift with a 6 cylinder engine. No air, no power brakes, no power steering. A very basic car . When you opened the hood and looked at the engine you could see the ground. Try that in a car today.
I could change the oil myself. I even changed the spark plugs under my Dad's guidance.
It as built like a tank. The person my Dad bought it from had purchased it new. At the time we bought it, the Dodge was only a little over 15 years old. The previous owner had tried to patch the rusted out panels behind the front and back wheels with Bondo. It was still a solid car.
Oh and the previous owner had also painted over the Bondo patches. With a brush. And house paint. You could see the brush strokes...
If there is one thing art fair artists like to do, myself included, it's to barter. I have gathered quite the eclectic collection of art pieces that I have traded for my own artwork. The sketch for today is an example of such objet d'art
Michael and Virginia Terra are the proprietors and creative geniuses behind Terra Cottage Ceramics in Paducah KY. About a year and a half ago, we met at ArtFest Midwest in Des Moines IA. We started talking because Paducah KY isn't that far from Carbondale, Illinois, where I grew up. Then we started talking trade....
It was hard to choose, really. They have so much that I would love to own. That is, if we had the room.
But I chose this piece. Iced tea is my creative fuel in the summer. A creative genius needs a good large iced tea glass. It's important.
Be sure to check out Michael and Victoria's website.