Monday, August 09, 2010

Recent Sketching Adventures

Black Crowned Night Heron, pencil sketch w/ toned wash Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010


Barn Owl, pencil sketch w/ toned wash, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010


On a hot and humid summer day it's great to get in out of the heat at the Yale Peabody Natural History Museum. These are my two favorite sketches (above) from my visit there last Wednesday. I sat on my small stool sketchbook on my lap in the midst of droves of summer camp kids and vacationing families and hopefully inspired a few budding artists.

Sleeping Amur Tigers, pen and toned wash, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010

Yesterday I took a trip top the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT to do some sketching. Sketching live animals is always challenging, you would not believe how many times these sleepy tigers stretched and moved!!

Sleepy Barn Owls, pen and toned wash, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010

The sleepy Barn Owls were my best subjects! The hardly moved at all! The monkeys were the worst and that sketchbook page was so bad it got filed under "G" (in the garbage!)

On Friday I took a day of creative and spiritual renewal at The Mercy Center and started my morning off with these little watercolors...

Mercy by the Sea, pen and watercolor, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010

Reaching Pine, pen and watercolor, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010

Our Lady of Mercy by the Sea, pen and watercolor, Jan Blencowe, 2010

Finally, after a busy week I found myself on Sunday evening at the Friendship Garden at Hammonasset...

Evening at the Friendship Garden, pen and watercolor, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010

2 comments:

Roxanne Steed said...

I always love seeing your sketchbook pages! (they're always inspiring to me!)

AutumnLeaves said...

Jan, these are just exquisite!