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.

Sea shell mash up

I was inspired to sketch some seashells after reading Shari Blaukopf’s post from Sanibel. I started with a “straight-to-paint” approach, but it wasn’t as successful as I would have liked, so I tried other approaches as I filled the page. I enjoyed using a white gel pen for a few highlights. And I eventually got better at painting the shadows.