candlelight outside

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Candlelight in a darkening yard. Summer begins to begin. Do I hear thunder? Baseball fireworks.

This was drawn and painted outside in near darkness, by the light of this candle and three others nearby. The pen I chose in the dark turned out to be brown, rather than the black I imagined, but I couldn't tell until I began to brush water with watercolor crayon over the drawing. (At that point I figured it out, because my brown pen is not quite as waterproof as my black one!) Interesting to see how the colors changed when I brought the picture inside to different light.

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Another beautiful drawing. Do you ever work on a larger scale with your sketches, Liz?

Thanks, Laura. Larger scale? Not yet, really.

But week after next I am beginning the treat of six weeks of art classes at the Carnegie Museum: watercolor, painting, and drawing - each class meets once a week for several hours. Having not studied anything to do with traditional media since oh, grade school, I am looking forward to learning a lot. I expect those classes will push me beyond the 5x3- or 5x6-inch page size!

What a transition your blog made since Christmas and the gift of a new notebook. I hope you are enjoying your process as much as a few of us are watching your art progress! Just switched -- for sudden and unknown motivations -- from a cheap spiral bound notebook full of glue and magazine clippings -- to a moleskine sketch book and the beginning of drawing. Your little gem- books are inspirational. Don't let bigness spoil you!

Well, I love what you do right now in your Moleskine. I was just wondering if you worked in other formats. How exciting about your upcoming classes. I hope you will post your work so we can all share in the excitement!

Thanks! I will certainly post what I can from the classes.

(And of course my little sketchbook will keep going.)

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