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Tiny building sketches

A couple of buildings from my recent trip to VA. I like that this little 3.5 x 5 notebook is cute, less intimidating, and easy to carry, but I don’t like the spiral binding. It keeps the pages from scanning clearly. The edge next to it is always blurry. And it gets in my way when I sketch.



The tourist information center in Abingdon, VA. This is the back of the building, because that’s where we parked, and because I thought it was more interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚


lewisginterbuildingOne of the buildings at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, VA, in the children’s garden.


Tiny palette and sketchbook to go

I needed a smaller palette for a road trip to Virginia so I made one from an eyeshadow case. I bought an eye shadow compact from Dollar Tree (1$!) and pried out the eyeshadow, cleaned it up and sprayed the outside of the lid with white enamel, to better show my paint colors when mixing. The lid was clear before painting. I squeezed in 7 colors plus white. I still have room for several more colors, if I decide I need them. I can get plenty of color by mixing these few, though. Here is the palette alongside the little 3 1/2″ x 5″ Strathmore watercolor journal that I took with me.


Paint colors are New Gamboge, Quinacradone Gold, Permanent Rose, Manganese Blue, Winsor Blue (Red shade) and Neutral Tint. ย The page above shows some of the color mixes I can get with these.

And here are the first few sketches from the trip. Mushrooms from a roadside rest stop. They looked like something from a fairy tale, to me.



More mushrooms, these with frilly edges that made them look like flowers.


And coneflowers (I think) from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA.

coneflowersI added a couple of pens and a mechanical pencil, ย  a water brush, a tiny spray bottle and a thick paper towel. Everything I needed fit in a little zippered pencil case.


Which Stillman & Birn?

I need a new sketchbook and want to try one of the Stillman and Birn but can’t decide which series. They sent me a little pack of postcard sized paper samples. This is on the Beta series paper. I like it but even though I do use watercolor (mostly improperly) in my sketchbooks, I don’t tend to use the ones I already have with watercolor paper in them. I’m not a watercolor artist, I just use it to add a little color to my sketches. So maybe the Epsilon series would suit me better? Or one of the others? I’d love to hear opinions!

cathyj I sketched this while watching one of Cathy Johnson’s videos. She’s cuter than this, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, a little sketching

The end of 2014 was difficult and filled with loss for my family. But 2015 is here and I am glad to see it. There hasn’t been much art fun going on around here. At least, that is something I can change! I couldn’t paint today, but I could sketch. I’m stuck at home (not stuck really, because I love being at home) but Google Maps is always willing to provide some new scenery or people to sketch. Why do I always forget how much I need to do this?


Prismacolor Birds

Still having fun with Summer Art Camp when I can. The last 3 days, we’ve had some cute bird projects. When I got home last night, I curled up on the couch and drew 2 prismacolor birds. I like the way Diane Culhane showed us to cut them out so they will stand up on their own. I haven’t cut the owl out yet but the other bird is perched on the mantle.

prismacolorbirdprismacolorowlIt’s not too late to Win a Monster from yesterday’s post.