Art All Day

Today was a day of making art three different ways: painting from a photo; doing an “urban sketch” on location; sketching and painting from a live model.

It was another fun morning with Jodi Steele at Daniel Smith for Social Watercolor.  The theme today was Texture.  She brought a number of items with which to experiment and play around with texture and watercolor.

Paper is provided; stencils, string, sponges, bubble wrap, tooth brushes…. all for experimenting with textures.

There are also lots of partial tubes of paint to try.

Jodi’s stencil texture

What I did today…

I did it a bit but I’d also had a previous hands-on demo on the subject. I brought some photos from which to work.  It’s a very convivial atmosphere. Painting, talking, sharing.  I worked from one of my photos of an interpreter at Fort Nisqually.

I then had a 2 hour break before the Long Pose session at The Conservatory in Georgetown.  Got a sandwich for lunch and then sat near the Trailer Park Mall for another sketch of that unusual location.  I’m not as satisfied with this one as the one I did two months ago.  I did get to see a large, old car back into those chairs, recently vacated by a young man.  Fortunately, no one and nothing was hurt.

GregRobin portrays Ben Franklin in a one-man show.  Today he simply sat as our model.  The set up was a little disconcerting for me.  I’ve never done a formal long-pose session.  People were setting up tall oil paint easels right next to the stage. If I was to sit at a table to watercolor, I wouldn’t be able to see the model. So I just pulled up a chair into an empty spot and claimed some real estate.  However, I only stayed half the time and did one sketch.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Art All Day

  1. I am deeply envious when I saw the shot of those boxes of paints!

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