Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sketching and Productivity

Hi everyone,

Although I haven't posted anything on my blog for a few days, I haven't been slacking. Why is it that all the fruit trees ripen at the same time? I have been madly drying apricots and bottling (canning) them. The plums are ready too, so on my next day off I will be making plum jam and plum sauce. The peaches are just about ready so on the weekend and early next week I will be doing more canning. The nectarines are ripening in batches thank goodness!

I did a few sketches a week ago that I haven't got around to posting. So here they are now.

I have started my Misty Mawn on line Drawing and Painting Portraits workshop. My first lesson is about pencil drawing and our first assignment was to draw a ball or egg. Here it is:

The second assignment in the lesson is to fill a page with faces, trying to make them have different expressions - well I filled the page, don't know about the expressions. I found it very difficult to draw that small - my eyesight isn't that good. We also have to draw some faces but I don't have all the items I need yet - am awaiting a stick eraser and some blending stumps - I really can't do much without them - my finger (my usual blending tool) is too big. Can you believe we don't have stick erasers in Australia - or if we do, I haven't been able to track one down. With a stick eraser you can get into very small areas to erase, such as the eyelids and pupils - something you simply can't achieve with a regular eraser. Can't wait for these to arrive so I can get on with my sketching.

Comments have been made about painting the sketches - yes I intend to get back into that too - just warming up at the moment ;)


Chavah Kinloch said...

All this talk about preserving and dehydrating fruit reminds me of Nana and Grandad :) Thanks for your note earlier today, I appreciate it. Love seeing what you're up to. Great work. Where have you ordered your art supplies from?

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I never heard of a stick eraser before either. I absolutely love the drawing of the ball. It's lovely.

Vicki Holdwick said...

Hi Brenda,

I have been thinking about you a lot while watching the beginning matches of the Open.

I may have asked you before, but I don't remember - do you live anywhere near Melbourne and have you ever gone or wanted to go to the Open?

Love your ball and faces. You surely haven't lost your touch in your absence!


Martha Lever said...

Great job!!! You are ahead of me in Misty's class. I better get on it!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Brenda! It must be wonderful to can your own fruits! Your sketches are wonderful! Love the page with different expressions! Thanks for your sweet visit as always! Have a great week! :)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

wonderful sketches!
lucky you taking a class with Misty!
it's lovely seeing your creativity!!!

Susan said...

They are such fine sketches. I think you captured many expressions very well. Love the swan-necked girl with the sweetheart hair. : )

Teressa Thompson said...

Your shading on the ball is fabulous. I've been teaching that to my son. This might be another class I want to put on my list of someday classes