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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sketches for Scavenger Hunt #47

We are visiting Gene's mom here in Albuquerque. I had a chance to get the list for the Scavenger Hunt #47 and make a small start. I have a new sketchbook for this summer.

Regina picked it up for me at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pretty cool! It is about 6 x 8 inches with 200 sheets of nice paper for pen.

So, my sketches for today are number 1, close up of an eye. Gene's eye. I started to do the page of eyes and noses, but we just had the two noses and mine. I was drinking wine so didn't want to go stand in the bathroom to do my nose. Or stand up at all! Number 2 is my hand holding something round. The eye and noses took about 5 - 10 minutes and the hand about 10 minutes. Without erasing I messed up the little finger. I had a very difficult foreshortening problem with that. I could see it better after I finished. Ha.

Number 3, the negative space around a plant. I did the only plant in a pot. It would have been more of a challenge with more leaves up high over the rim. Number 4, bottle top, off a water bottle. Number 5, Rabbits in the yard having a conversation. This is a substitute for a piggy bank, the only one we have is an aluminum beer bottle and Lacey, host, said she wanted piggies. So, I just sketched the cottontails outside under the window. And number 6, something on the fridge, a toothpick holder. About 15 minutes, total. All the sketches were with a Micron 05 pen, burnt umber color.

Not a very exciting start to my new sketchbook, but it is a beginning. I hadn't sketched for a couple of weeks. Hard to believe. Something I shouldn't skip. I will sketch pretty steadily when we get to Silver City next week. That is where I discovered the Scavenger Hunts last year and posted my first sketch on July 22, Hunt #2. I hadn't realized that I only missed the first one. Whew! They have kept me sketching and trying new ideas for sketching.

The Scavenger Hunts have been fun. A different host for each nine days and a list of 26 items to sketch along with some challenges. Each artist has a different style and ideas of what to sketch and why they sketch the way they do. Fun to get to know them and be encouraged in your endeavors. I have to go post my sketches there now.



Bag Blog said...

Ooh! Very nice sketch book! Earlier this spring we were in South Texas and I got a new sketch book. I also got to go to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to see an exhibit from the NY Met Museum - it was a great show. I am envious of your new sketch book.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, bag blog. I'm envious that you got to go to the show in Houston, Regina did and said it was great. I hope to fill the sketchbook. :)

"JeanneG" said...

Hi Jo. It's hard to believe, but I have been there for all the hunts. Hopefully I will be on the last one if and when it ever comes. I hope it is a long way off.

Leslie said...

If Regina went to NYC, she needs to tell about it! Maybe she can email you something that you could put on the blog? Nice sketches. I like the negative space plant, and that IS Gene's eye, for sure. I 'rekornize' him.

Jo Castillo said...

Leslie, Thanks for the nice comments on the sketches. It is certainly not my forte, but I keep at it.

Gene, for sure. The museum was the highlight of Regina's trip, I'll ask for a post. :)


Jo Castillo said...

Jeanne, I thought you had been to all the Hunts, but I didn't have time to check. Pretty cool. You can see a dramatic improvement in your sketches. That is such a good feeling. My style and level stays pretty much the same, I'm faster now, though. :)


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