Roz Stendahl’s online workshop closes tomorrow. Two new sessions were posted each week with accompanying videos and follow up memos. I already had a daily sketching habit before I started the workshop. However it felt like I had a daily sketching habit with no purpose. Now I have a daily sketching habit with purpose. The insight and support from Roz Stendahl and the participants throughout the workshop was invaluable.
Now I find myself grabbing my sketchbook at anytime and anywhere. My sketchbook is not hidden and I have learned to evaluate all of my sketches to see what I need to focus on to improve my skills. Sketching live subjects in public is not for the faint at heart. It is different then sketching live subjects in a studio. Although you don’t need a lot of supplies to do it. It does require a little planning to ensure you have what you need and a back up plan should you have problems with the media you chose to work with when sketching in public.
I went sketching yesterday for approximately 90 minutes. I was in a rush to leave and left my sketching hat at home. Wearing a hat makes a difference. Your eyes can hide under a hat (so it seems!) and if you are in the sun it will shade your eyes. I felt somewhat naked without my sketching hat! The first stop was the public library. I was disappointed the first time I went there a few months back. That may have been because I was hiding. This time I found the public reading area. They had a nice sofa and chair and a small table and chair to the side. I elected the small table and chair. It gave me a great view of the people in the reading area. I was nervous, the people were close and because it was a library and I am somewhat of a klutz. I tried not to make a noise as I pulled out my sketchbook and supplies to put on the table. I did have a library book on the table so it looked like I was taking notes.
I immediately rushed through with my sketches. Then I discovered no one was moving and no one was coming in to take their place. I had time! Time to go back to my sketches and work on them a little more. I did not set up my watercolor palette. Not sure you can do that in the library. That is an area I need to work on…painting in public.
These are two sketches from the library.
I left the library to get a coffee at Starbucks inside the local Safeway store and to sketch some more. It was lunch time so I think I completed about five pages of sketches. This is one of my favorites. Two different sketches on the one page. That requires a little thought perhaps a frame around each person or maybe a colored background. Next time!
I am not using my Strathmore mixed media sketchbook. I am using a spiral Studio Cachet sketchbook by Daler Rowner. The paper is light. So much so that I am only using one side of the page for scanning purposes. However, the sketchbook has a solid cardboard cover and elastic to keep it closed when not in use. Suited for dry media. It has lots of pages which seem to be filling up fast.