Greetings! I hope this finds you enjoying your summer.
One think I enjoy doing is watercolor studies while my husband and I are out camping somewhere. And, that’s what I want to talk about today.
From Classes To Traveling.
To explain, after spending several months concentrating on my online class with the Art Students League of New York, I am taking some months off. That is from class only, but not from drawing or painting!
The reason behind the hiatus is that we (my husband and I) will be doing a little bit of traveling. And, we were out camping the last week, enjoying some time out and about the Pacific Northwest.
Drawing and Painting From Life.
Though I have been studying abstract painting, I never seem to be too far from drawing and painting from life. So, as is my habit, while we were out on our adventures, I did some studies. They are fun to do and I would like to share three of them with you.
Fire Ring & Grate.
One afternoon, for example, I was attracted to the handle on a fire ring grate. In particular, I was interested in how the wire wrapped around the handle. Out comes the paper, pencil and ink pens. The result, is posted above.
And, then, I thought, why not pull out the watercolor paper and do it again?
Well, then, a handle needs context, so, the drawing expanded to include more of the fire ring.
Later on during our trip, I took some time to work again. This time, I chose the RV park’s bathhouse. I liked the simple perspective of the buildings. And, naturally, capturing a bit of the light and shadow was a good thing.
Simple Is Good.
So, I like these somewhat simple studies. I see them as nothing particularly earth-shattering. But, I think the time spent looking and seeing the world around me to be so worthwhile.
PS. Happy #World Watercolor Month, July 2023