|Kristen, standing in blue and braids, with a few of my fellow students.|
Yesterday's class was an intensely rewarding experience for me. Although I am committed to drawing and make it a daily practice, my days of drawing from life pretty much ended with grad school. I re-discovered the power and magic of drawing what's in front of me in Kristen's workshop.
|We drew first on tracing paper, later transferring that to watercolor paper by adding graphite to the back of the tracing paper under our drawn lines.|
|I chose a favorite plant, cottonwood, and used a branch of it as my model. This is my up-close detail of a bud, still on the tracing paper.|
|The cottonwood branch rendered on 11"x17" watercolor paper. I ran out of time to add color, alas. The bud detail will go in the lower right part of the page.|
Today we were graced with yet another lovely fall afternoon out at Sandy Beach in which to enjoy Kristen's field sketching workshop.
|After we did some close-up studies, I chose to paint this scene looking across Frederick Sound at Horn Cliffs.|
|This is the rest of my scene.|
|Working on an accordian-folded sheet of watercolor paper was very effective.|
|I did not have time to finish my painting...|
|...but feel it is complete. Two hours just wasn't enough time!|
Rediscovering the enchantment of drawing from life was a great gift. I believe I'll continue to practice this magic regularly. Thanks, Kristen, for coming to Petersburg and sharing your gift!
Post script: Flossy wants Readers to know she roamed at large on the Beach all afternoon without giving in to the temptation to roll in dead salmon.