Monday, May 17, 2010

The Start of a New Sketchbook


This is the United Methodist Church of Clinton, CT seen from the rear, across the Indian River. The steeple is new. Back in the late1800's the original steeple became unstable amd had to be removed. Recently a new steeple was added. It's a beautiful addition to not only the church but also adds a great architectural element to the view from Clinton Landing across the river.

Here's what the church looked like back in March 2006 without it's steeple and birds perched on the remaining steeple base...





I'm very excited about starting my third "NatureSketch" sketchbook. That means I have completed 100 watercolor sketches since last Memorial Day when I began the first one. Today I added the first three sketches to the new book.




I've decided to turn the sketchbook sideways and work 6x8 this year. The previous books had 5x7 sketches in them.

I've also decided to sketch in pencil rather than pen. Though I like the look of pen with watercolor it has the feel of an illustration more so than a painting and since I'm really trying to improve my watercolor technique I'm going to refrain from relying on the pen as much as I possibly can. But as you can see in the next sketch I had to use the pen to pull the piece together.





This is the actual page in the sketchbook....





This was my last sketch of the day....





And the page in the book...





I like to write on the pages so that along with the sketch I have a record of anything particular about the day.

On the first page, with the church steeple I recorded this sentiment from the memorial plaque on the bench I was sitting on...
"Paradise is always where love dwells"

I also noted the time, that it was high tide and the tide was still coming in and that there were many red winged black birds singing oak-a-lee. At the top of the last sketchbook page you can see a tiny sketch of the red wing that perched on the pole next to me and watched over my shoulder. I noted on the page that this marsh is his home and he was a very gracious host for sharing it with me.

2 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

My sketchbooks always look like a high school kid's notebook, all doodling and junky looking, even though that isn't my intent when I start them. I am always so inspired by the sketchbooks of others. These are great starts to this new sketchbook, Jan!

Roxanne Steed said...

I am loving these w/c sketches & small paintings! It reminds me of when I lived in San Diego & the SDWCSociety would have paintouts every Weds. at some interesting vista! I miss that...time to break out the watercolors for fun - thanks for the inspiration!