April 16, 2005

flowers and paper


Listening to the radio while I drew this arrangement of two flowers and newspaper on the table in the back yard.

Note to self: if flowers have longish stems, make sure not to draw the vase too close to the center of the page -- you'll either wind up with most of your still life happening beyond the page's edge or you'll be rearranging things mid-sketch.

Posted by EGP at April 16, 2005 9:59 PM

I always enjoy all your drawings when I come visit your blog! The colors on this one are so smooth and intense -- I'm wondering what medium you used on it. You have a beautiful journal!

Posted by: Linda at April 17, 2005 9:12 AM

Thanks, Linda. (I'm a fan of your blog, too!)

For this entry, I worked in pen and ink and then added watercolor crayon. (Caran D'Ache makes them, and there are other brands, too.) They work like the water-soluble colored pencils, but are softer on the page, like regular crayons or pastels. You can just draw with them and then use a waterfilled brush to blend the colors in a wash. Sometimes I pick up colors from the crayon tip with the wet brush, too. When I paint with water-based paints (gouache or watercolor) in my moleskine sketchbook, the paint tends to puddle on a dry page. For some reason the watercolor crayons don't do this as much!

Posted by: Liz at April 17, 2005 10:42 AM

Oh! I have a box of those, Neocolors, I think they are called. I haven't tried them for anything so detailed -- mostly just used them for background colors! I'll have to drag them out and see what I can do. Just got my first Moleskine journal (the sketch kind, that is -- never saw what the fuss was about until I realized I was getting the wrong kind...) and should be through with my old spiral bound journal soon and ready to test drive the new book. What little I've tried in it so far has been rather, well, washed out or something! Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by: Linda at April 17, 2005 9:36 PM