Recently I wrote, It's the People, Not the Place. It was my experience while sketching Santa Maria Church in Siena, Italy. The memory is still fresh. I originally sketched the image with ink and wrote about the day in my sketchbook. Since I returned home I’ve sketched the scene many times. I used my reference photo, original sketch and emotional experience to guide me. Each time I do the sketch a little differently. Either I use a different sketchbook paper, pen, paint… Why? It keeps my mind, eye and hand fresh. Eventually I plan to do a full sized painting. But for now I want to explore ideas.
Small Sketch Set-Up
Palette: Sketchers Box, by Winsor Newton (Cotman Paints). I removed the student grade Cotman paints and filled with tube colors. My paints are predominately Daniel Smith Watercolors with a few exceptions (noted on palette diagram).
Brushes: DaVinci travel brushes 6 and 8 rounds
Pencil & Eraser
White Marker: Faber-Castell Pitt, White
Collapsible Water Bowl (Sea to Summit)
Sketchbook: Stillman and Birn, 10x8”, Nova Series. I love the warm tone of the Nova paper…the warm color of Siena!
|WARM Toned Paper|
Next I sketched the scene on a cool gray paper. I used Mi-Teintes
|COOL Toned Paper|
I’m heading to Belgium this week. I’ll keep my eyes (and heart) open to new experiences. Next year I'm teaching a workshop in the South West region of France. You can learn more here, French Escapade.
I leave you with a favorite quote. It speaks to my heart and mind of how I feel when I am sketching and exploring my world.
The Sketch Hunter
"The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.” ~Robert Henri