Another sketchcrawl page

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.


  1. hfm
    February 21, 2006

    I love it. So soft and tender.

  2. Lin
    February 21, 2006

    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!

  3. Karen
    February 21, 2006

    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.

  4. TeriC
    February 21, 2006

    Beautiful beautiful tree Karen!!

  5. Cin
    February 21, 2006


  6. Ken
    February 23, 2006

    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!

  7. Kate
    February 24, 2006

    Something about this spread just captures me. I love it…

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