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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Super quick journal page

Last Sketch of the Day

I had been out sketching the other day and on the way home stopped just on a whim at Rocky Hollow Lake...I was tired and it was time to be home, but I loved the image of these two guys out fishing in the late afternoon...I had time for a quick pencil sketch, surely...



When I got home I splashed in wet-in-wet washes in the far shore and the trees at right, then tried for a narrow edge of clean paper at the bank. 

When I laid in the lake wash, I encouraged it to flow down the page with a spritz of clear water.  I added spatter while it was still wet, and when it lost its shine scraped through the damp wash for those lighter lines that suggest water. (When you don't have much time, wet-in-wet is a good--if a bit scary--solution...)


After that dried I added more spatter and painted in the men in the boat very simply. 


A suggestion of their reflection and a touch of color on the boat on the right, plus my notes and I was done! 

16 comments:

  1. I love seeing how you build up your simple, quick sketches. Each step is great!

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  2. Really nice, Kate. Thanks much for the how-to description of the process.

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  3. I agree, it´s very interesting and helpful to see the different stages of the painting process! thank you!

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  4. So wonderfully fresh. I've not done a lot of wet and wet. Your description reminds me of sketching with ink.... terrifyingly freeing :)

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  5. Tells us all we need to know....and then some

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  6. Thanks all! Pam, you do have to kind of get in and get OUT...otherwise you get mud. Sometimes it works better than others...

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  7. It's not that you took that time to sketch and add a wash when you were tired, but the fact that you took pictures as you went to share it with all of us. Thank you.

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  8. Very cool process...enjoyed seeing the progress...thanks.

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  9. These demos are so helpful to us newbies, Kate. Howe lovely it turned out.

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  10. So glad you all enjoyed it! It really doesn't have to take much time to keep an artist's journal...

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  11. What a lesson. I am going right out today to apply this.

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  12. Absolutely PERFECT!! I would love to have this in my sketchbook :0)

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