Saturday, July 14, 2012

75 Day Sketch Challenge: Days 28-29

Whew! It's been a busy week. I finished up my first Sketchbook Journaling class, which I was teaching here at home, on Thursday, and today I started a new one at our local public library. Seems there's a lot of interest in learning how to sketch - that makes me happy. I want others to share the fun and satisfaction that comes from being creative and filling up a sketchbook with little vignettes of everyday life.

Since my everyday life includes living in the country, you'll see lots of farm scenes in my sketchbooks. I never tire of drawing and painting barns, silos, and old farmhouses. Here's one I did last week, just down the road, in the valley below our house...

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", watercolor with pen & ink in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook

The sun was going down, and the farm and surrounding hills were bathed in a beautiful golden light, while the road where I was parked was covered in deep purple shadows from the hill to my west. I did the line drawing onsite with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, then painted it at home using just three primary colors: permanent rose, aureolin yellow, and ultramarine blue.

The next day I went out to the garden first thing in the morning to pick some strawberries for breakfast, and thought, "Why not get my sketching done early today?" So I grabbed a folding camp stool and my sketchbook and pen, and plopped myself down to sketch the corn stalks with their tassel tops and long, wavy leaves. The silk on the ears of corn is still mostly pinkish, but beginning to turn brown. Any day now it'll be ready to pick. (If the raccoons don't get to it first!)

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", watercolor with pen & ink

Watch for more garden fresh sketches coming soon!


  1. Your work is lovely. I wish I were closer to take those classes. I am having fun journaling for the first time what's in my immediate area. You are very inspiring. :)

  2. Two more fabulous sketches. We need an electric fence to keep the raccoons out of our corn!

  3. These are wonderful! Can't wait to see more

  4. Such gorgeous work! I love that beautiful sky and the sketch is just lovely :0)

  5. Beautiful, as are inspiring!

  6. Your color choices are so vibrant. Beautiful pages once again.

  7. Really lovely - love the view of the farm.


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