Sketching at Longwood Gardens

Day 9, 10 & 11/31 #WorldWatercolorMonth

I decided to do it differently for the past three days of #WorldWatercolorMonth. For days 9,10 and 11 instead of posting each day I did cumulative sketchs of the same subject over and over. I figured this would improve my technique and a better understanding of my subject matter. I chose the water lily pool at Longwood Gardens. The pools is a bloom and though it’s a late start the lillies are looking great. The large lotus pads which are a trade mark of Longwood’s lily pool have not reached their peak size yet but are still huge! These leaves are what I’ll be focusing on over the next few days. I did a total of 12 sketches but I’m just posting three..

Fireworks on the National Mall 

Day 5/31 – #WorldWatecolorMonth

DC put on a spectacular show at the National Mall last night. Fear of thunderstorms had the fate of the fireworks in doubt, but we lucked out and the storm and rain held out long enough for the eager crowds to get what they came for and then some! I managed to capture a few splashes of watercolor in my sketchbook in semi darkness. I did several of these and then I just had to put down my brush and simply watch, and oooh and aaah with the rest of the crowd! This one came out better than the rest so I refined it a bit. 

I might just post the other splashes, if I feel bold enough…

Utamaro’s Okubi-e

Day2/31 #WorldWatercolorMonth 

Sackler gallery’s has a new exhibit ‘Inventing Utamaro’ displaying the famous triptych depicting the theme of “snow, moon and Flowers” of Kitagawa Utamaro. Along side this are also some fabulous woodblock prints of this legendary Japanese artist. I was really drawn to his woodblock prints. I managed to do a quick pen and ink sketch inside of a few and then used the sketches as reference to do this watercolor sitting just outside looking in. These prints now called okubi-e or large head pictures became part of his signature style. This one was titled ‘Wakana and Wakanoura of the Wakanaya’. 

I’ll be back again tomorrow for the second half of the painting. 

Longwood Fountainscape

Day1/31 #WorldWatercolorMonth – yes it’s #WorldWatercolorMonth 2017! It kind of snuck up on me though  Charlie O’Shields over at Doodlewash has been reminding us for almost a month now! 

The gorgeous flowerpots at the base of Longwood fountain terrace were just begging to be sketched. These exotic blooms had such a tropical air to them, I just wanted to capture the essence, but I’ll have to do the flowers over again.

#Inktober2016

Have you heard of Inktober ? For more info and how to participate check out Jake Parker, the creator of #Inktober. It’s a fun challenge, the guidelines are simple and another way to get a daily sketching habit going.

It does involve pen and ink. I like sketching directly in watercolor without any pen or pencil drawing for guidelines.  So though I’d heard of Inktober a few years ago, I’d never really done the challenge before. Then I saw my friend Yukari’s #inktober sketches on instagram She’s added watercolor to her #Inktober sketches and is inspiring her students to participate in this challenge.

I thought why not… so Yukari, thanks to you, here goes… I may be late getting started, but I’ll try to keep it going all through this month.

My First Inktober…Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, or should I say gourds.

Fall is in the air…

It’s now October and Fall is in the air, you can feel it in the mild chill of the early morning sun, the slight turning in the foliage from the bright greens to the muted tones and even some yellowing leaves on a few shrubs and vines, although the bright orange, reds and purple hues are yet to come…anticipation!

Pumpkins seem to prop up everywhere – in garden patches, on lawns and doorsteps, in grocery carts and even on my kitchen table. So I’ll start this post with a quick sketch of these fabulous gourds.

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Study in Pink

A quick sketch to loosen up this morning…the echinacea are abundantly blooming in my garden this year and so are the bees and butterflies. It’s a flutter of activity. I’m just gonna have to paint a few butterflies next!

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