Fast tulips

This bunch, reflected in a dresser mirror caught my eye the other evening. So, a sketch ensued, quickly, while standing (best viewpoint), in poor light. Just as slowing down has its benefits, spontaneity can also be a good thing.

Milkweed, slowed down

I took my time painting this over the course of two days. Letting paint dry, observing what the paint does, trying out transparent layers. This is a spread in a moleskine A4 sketchbook.

Domestic Tools — Take One

Before forging ahead with a vague idea for a painting, I figured I better do a test run. Glad I did. Doing the sketch generated a page of notes on how to approach this subject (and the other whisks in my collection) more successfully next time.

Art as cure

Finally picked up pen and paint the other day to fight off the flu blues. Drawing can be good medicine. Fresh flowers help too.

On the couch, iPad at the ready to watch a concert on Livestream.

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.