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Another sketchcrawl page

February 21st, 2006

My workbook is evolving, and so am I. Sometimes the mood strikes me to do compositional and value sketches; other times I might be captivated by the texture of a rock, carefully observing the nature of reflections. On Saturday, while hiding out from the sprinkling of rain under the teahouse roof, I settled in to do a long, slow drawing of a California Live Oak. The biggest challenge was trying to describe the volume of the limbs when the light kept changing (like the camellia painting I posted two days ago.) Still, it was a satisfying sketching session and I felt like I got to know this tree a little better.

Too big to fit under my scanner, this 9 x 12 Watson Guptill sketchbook is a good size for trees and big objects.

7 Comments »

  1. I love it. So soft and tender.

    Comment by hfm — February 21, 2006 @ 6:32 am
  2. LOVELY sketches, karen — and my favorite tree – the live oak …. when I lived in SC, I wrote my masters thesis about this tree — it’s chock full of history, uses, folklore, myth, and the uses folks put it to is a fascinating study in folkore!

    Comment by Lin — February 21, 2006 @ 7:52 am
  3. No kidding, Lin! Yes, I love these trees, too. Are you a botanist or horticulturalist, or was it a thesis on cultural anthropology or ??? I’d like to hear more! Please do share some anecdotes.

    Comment by Karen — February 21, 2006 @ 12:26 pm
  4. Beautiful beautiful tree Karen!!

    Comment by TeriC — February 21, 2006 @ 6:46 pm
  5. beautiful!

    Comment by Cin — February 21, 2006 @ 9:30 pm
  6. This is awesome. I do love these pages from your sketchbook. The drawings are great; line and conrtrast are top notch, but what really does it for me is thethe great composition! It doesn’t just fill the page , it fills it well! it’s too bad you can’t scan it!

    Comment by Ken — February 23, 2006 @ 3:08 pm
  7. Something about this spread just captures me. I love it…

    Comment by Kate — February 24, 2006 @ 8:06 am

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