In preparation for an acrylic painting, our adult students spent some time drawing Alberta roses.  It’s always interesting to see different interpretations of the same subject.  Each person has a different eye and concentrates on different shapes, features and details, but they all look like roses.


Liquid Pencil


Here’s our pile of drawings done with Liquid Pencil as demonstrations for our adult classes.  It was Valentine’s day so we started with shading hearts, learning how to smooth the Liquid Pencil with water or smudgies, as well as playing with highlights, contrasts and lighting.  The colours of Liquid Pencil each behaved quite differently.  Then we tried a quick monochrome landscape on watercolour paper, dry brushing sparkly water and mushing in clouds.  Liquid Pencil really lends itself to painting flower petals since every trail left by every hair will show with wonderful clarity.  Finally, we managed to fit in a bit of scribble sketching using the old-fashioned stick pens.















Challenging Perspective

Wow, herein lies a challenge!  The sunshine and shadows where these two fences, one quite plain and one more ornate, meet were eye-catching.  However, it wasn’t until the sketch was underway that the true intricacies of the subject became apparent.  Perspective is intriguing by itself, but shadows don’t have to play by the rules!

Is it the angle at which the photo of the sketch was taken that makes the metal fence lean in rather than out?  I’m not sure.  I didn’t notice until I looked at the image on the screen.  Our eyes and brains deceive us!

The After-Class Look

With four drawing classes in one week and piles of students, Judy and Carolyn can amass quite a lot of drawings!  Once the students have gone on Thursday night, this is how the work area looks.  It’s great to see all those art supplies used for creating art and a feeling of having produced something creative.  We usually leave it like this for the weekend, just in case someone wants to come back down to make art!IMG_1070.JPG

Wellington – The Sketch

Every detailed painting begins with a detailed sketch.  I’ve never painted a statue before.  Especially not a man in full uniform on a horse with all the reigns and… bits.  Let it not be daunting!

The blue lines are the from the first outline sketch, which I copied to my watercolour paper with blue transfer paper.  Here I’m partway through adding the detail, hoping most of it won’t be lost as I add layers of poured paint.  His hand looks too small.  Where’s his knee?