Snowy Sketch Session

Our local sketching meet-up took place at a home with a lovely sun room. The sun was in hiding, behind constant snowfall, but there was plenty of warmth inside. We each chose different subjects to sketch (including a cow vertebrae).

I was drawn to the angles of the exterior structures. When our host went out to clear some of the quickly accumulating snow, I did my best to capture the figure to include in the scene.

Another sketch of the cow vertebrae (see previous post).

Found object

At this month’s sketchers gathering, a new participant brought three vertebrae from a cow carcass he found in the woods on his property. As we were packing up our sketchbooks, I felt compelled to draw it one more time. Such intriguing shapes and shadows, resulting in a rather abstract image.

Drawn in about 3 minutes with a Fude Sailor pen, painted at home. I was rather pleased with the result.

Cachoombar Salad in McCoy Dish

As I was prepping this cheery, colourful salad I wondered how it is that so many urban sketchers manage to quickly sketch their food. I decided to just do it! Sketched with Fude pen while the main dish simmered, then coloured after dinner from memory, with the used limes nearby.

Cachoombar is an Asian salad of tomato, cucumber, mild onion, lime juice, etc. The McCoy dish is actually a planter for forcing spring bulbs. I like it as a serving dish.

Snowed In

Thankfully I never tire of this view of the granary/barn. This time, as a challenge, I went straight to paint for this sketch. Had to go back a day later to enhance the darks.

The Granary

I often refer to the building at the front of my house as the “barn”. However, technically, it is a granary — a structure designed to store grain and animal feed. This one is well over 100 years old. The shed on the end is a modern day addition.

Ink and watercolour in Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook, which I now know will buckle with too much wash.