While I was on vacation in Eastern Oregon last week, I brought along the latest issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. This is a yummy issue and in particular I was drawn to Robin Olsen’s article, “Being Here, Sketching the Moment”. You can see her sketches with watercolor washes on pages 70-73 in the Sept/Oct issue. I liked her list of “essential sketch bag items” and realized that I had brought along all of them.
The scary part for me was to draw with an ink pen. Yikes! What if I made a mistake, you can’t erase it. What if I hated what I drew? What if it looked dorky? Well, I brought along my gesso and could always cover it up and start over. Everyone has to start somewhere, so here are my very first drawings.
This was a Liquitex Gel Matte Medium jar and my foam brush on a table. The torn ephemera was a after thought, and really didn’t need to be added except that I hated the bare white space.
This is my second drawing of my Prismacolor pencils. I had already laid down the torn ephemera pages and used those for some texture to the drawing.
Here is my heat gun, again I added the torn ephemera pages first and then drew over it.
This is my first “Plein Air” drawing of spawning salmon in the Wallowa River. This particular fish had perched itself on a bed of rocks and died before it could swim to its birth place at the mouth of the river. I took this drawing down to the Joseph (Oregon) post office and had it post marked.
These four drawings were done over a two day period. I used a thin Sharpie marker for the drawing and Rembrandt pan watercolors. The background ephemera were torn pages from dictionaries and novels applied using gel matte medium underneath and on top. These drawings are done on 5″ x 7″ cold press watercolor paper.
I plan to continue with these types of drawings and have purchased a Moleskine watercolor journal to carry along with my watercolors, brush, pen and water. I even have a small shoulder bag just big enough to carry all of these “essential” supplies.