About The Easel.
Greetings! Only five days left in the Strada Easel January Challenge! This month seems to be flying by all of a sudden! Life became busy and next thing I know, its Day 26!
Recently, I was asked the question “what makes a Strada Easel so special?” What an excellent question and one I ought to have answered in an earlier post.
Strada Easel’s are lightweight aluminum easels designed for en plein air (that is outdoor) drawing and painting.
Travel & Paint.
The attraction is that my husband and I like to travel. We have a lightweight off-road camper. Having the ability to take drawing and painting equipment with me is essential. You see, I am growing fond of watercolor studies done on location.
A fondness for painting on the vertical is new for me. Having one’s paper vertical makes it so much easier to use your arms while in the act of drawing and painting. Plus, its easier to see paper and subject at the same time.
So, a nice field or travel easel would be welcome, which is one of the attractions of Strada easel products and the challenge.
Its About Friendship!
However, the main reason I entered the challenges was because my friends Kay and Kirsten were also joining in. I had always wanted to do one of these challenges and thought the timing was right. With friends for moral support, it seemed like just the thing.
And, I am pleased to say this has been a good 26 days. To elaborate, I like getting in the rhythm of drawing, painting, producing! Furthermore, we all have had a good time encouraging each other.
Official Posting: FB Personal Page.
Come to think of it, now is a good time to mention that I have been posting daily to my Facebook personal page, which is my official participation site. But, I get to give better explanations here on my blog!
Which brings me to today’s and yesterday’s work. I rarely draw or paint glass, so why not? With six drinking glasses waiting to be drawn, I picked the first one and started working.
Here’s a thought about process for you. You may have noticed that I did a colored pencil study first. The reason is that pencil is good way to learn about the subject.
To explain, when I first started watercolor painting, I had trouble addressing issues of color, among other things. Well, pretty much everything when I think about it. But, I discovered that by doing a colored pencil study first I was able to get a feel for what I wanted to do. In that way, when I put a piece of watercolor paper in front of me, I was more confident.
Just a thought!
So, please enjoy my studies of a rose colored drinking glass!
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