In Progress

We’re getting closer. Only one more workshop day left. Today’s was focused on making a journal page by drawing in ink and painting with watercolor. Janice brought a plethora of possible subjects, all from nature. There were seed pods, grocery store vegetables and shells.

As before, she demonstrated each step before sending us back to our spots to work on that subject.  Breaking it into sections is a very good teaching technique.

As she demonstrated about watercolor section, she discussed her palette(s).  I’m thinking of changing mine to full pans.  It’s difficult to get a good brush into the half pans.

The subject of my first page was a shell. And I chose to repeat an elongated shell as the lower border. There is space for text at the top and that will be the subject of the last session. After I made the entire background blues, it occurred to me the lower part could have represented sand.  Janice suggested glazing with bronzite (I don’t remember the full name of the pigment).  It darkened the area and make it sparkle!

I did another page using a cross section of an artichoke as subject and I still need a border.  I do know what I’m going to write.   The background texture was created with plastic wrap.

More photos.


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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