Monday, October 26, 2009

New Watercolor Landscapes, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
4x6 , pen and watercolor
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Most of my regular readers will remember that on May 30th I began filling a 50 page sketchbook with pen and watercolor plein air sketches. A few weeks ago I achieved my goal and completed the sketchbook. Today I began a new 50 page sketchbook with two watercolor sketches capturing the amazing colors of autumn in Connecticut.

I'm thinking about what to do with the best of the sketches. Maybe a book or prints, or perhaps note cards. I can't bear to part with the originals, but whenever I show these I always get such an enthusiastic response that I'm beginning to think I should make them available in some form for folks to purchase. Do you have any ideas?? Should I sell them through Etsy, ArtFire or 1000 Markets? So many choices. I think one of my new year's goals will be to offer these sketches to people in some way.

What's in my sketch Kit??

Just in case you're wondering here are the contents of my sketch kit. I use a Pentalic Nature Sketch, sketchbook, 8.5 x 11, partly because of the yummy 130lb, 25% cotton paper and partly because a percentage of the purchase price is donated to the American Wildlife Foundation.

Lately, I've been drawing with a Faber-Castell Pitt artists pen, medium nib in sanguine

I also use a small set of Yarka watercolors, with 10 pans of paint. I use a Beste Duo double ended brush which has a 1/2 flat on one end and a #6 round on the other.

I also use a small 4x6 in mat with a small 1x2 in opening. I use this to draw a rectangle to sketch in and use the small opening to draw a tiny rectangle to do the little color studies you sometimes see at the bottom of my pages.

I also carry with me a bottle of white acrylic craft paint, a moleskine sketchbook,a kneaded eraser, a pencil sharpener, a container for water, paper towels, and a variety of graphitint pencils.

I also have prismacolor cool grey markers in 20%, 50%, 80%, for making quick value sketches. I also take along double tipped prismacolor markers in light olive green, dark olive green and yellow ochre,which are usually enough to translate a quick grey sacle value sketch into a color sketch (provided it's spring or summer!)

I also like to have a Strathmore 400 series cold press watercolor pad, 6x12 in. for more panoramic landscape views.

All of this fits with room to spare in my YakPak

Another day I'll tell you what's in my mini sketch kit! Yes,I actually have another complete sketch kit which is lighter and more compact for those times when I'm hiking and don't want any extra weight or when I need to stealth sketch LOL, and not draw a lot of attention to what I'm doing. Also great for grabbing and taking along just in case!

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