Saturday, August 31, 2013

Done! Getting Lost in Hydrangea/Hortensia Leaves - pen & ink with watercolors in moleskine.

.Done! Completed! Finished!

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"Getting Lost in Hydrangea/Hortensia Leaves in August"
Pen & Ink with watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
August 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Although I left out a lot of the veins in the leaves, I took it as far as I cared to; stopped before my headache increased! :o))  It's nice to have the choice/freedom to stop before you loose all semblance of sanity or the will to live ... ha ha ha.  Besides which, I've never professed to be a true 'botanical illustrator'; I really don't have the patience, let alone the desire. Having said that, I do admire the true botanical art works of others. :o)

The image above was shot on my desk, under my daylight lamp and although I think the shades of green aren't showing all that well in the photo, I really enjoyed mixing my greens rather than using the green directly (straight) from my watercolor pans and tubes. I particularly liked the greens I could get from mixing different Winsor & Newton's yellows (I have several yellows) with Winsor & Newton's 'Neutral Tint'. I'd show you, but I don't really do, or save, test swatches on paper; I just play around on my ceramic pallet until I like what I've mixed. 

I suppose the enjoyment I get from the 'happy accidents' is part of why I work the way I do in my sketchbooks. (I think that's a 'run-on sentence', but I don't profess to  be a writer either. lol)




doei-doei (bye-bye)
Judy
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Getting Lost in the Leaves - hydrangea/hortensia leaves moleskine drawing

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"Getting Lost in Hydrangea/Hortensia Leaves in August"
Pen & Ink with watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
August 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Oh my, this August has been a busy, "green", month in my garden here in Holland ... maybe a bit too much green! While there are plenty of blooms among the over abundance of green leaves, there's also plenty of weeds among those greens. Weed control is on high alert. :o)))

I've been bringing blooms and leaves inside (up to my studio), to draw or paint them. Sometimes it's just too hot to be in my garden for very long ... I melt. I don't have the patience, nor the desire, to sit in the sun (or even the shady sun, because it's too hot!) while I'm lost in the drawing of the veins of leaves. 

Obviously, this drawing is not completed, but I have plenty of leaves to be my models!! When it's done, I'll post again.



tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Birthday to Sacha! ~ moleskine drawing

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"Happy Birthday to Sacha, the Kat in Klompen!"
pen & ink with colored pencils in moleskine sketchbook
August 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's another birthday for the "Kat in Klompen", Sacha. 
She's 9 years old today. Sacha is still naughty, still pretty and she remains our little "princess"!

Happy Birthday, Sacha! - Gelukkige verjaardag, Sacha!

:o)


doei,
Judy
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