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Friday, January 15, 2016

Sketching Plein Air and Inside

Yesterday, I sketched in the big/huge sketchbook with a Micron 03.  I sketched at the dining table looking out the bay window.

Scavenger Hunt 435 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1396150  
Number 10, 11 and 12, sketch with horizon line, two trees or more and something man made - the view out the window
This morning's digital sketch was started on my iMac.  I like trying to draw with just the mouse.  Not easy.  I use Sketchbook Pro on my computer.  It is a good program.  However I could not find the "color picker" which is used to match a color you used earlier and want to go back to.  You can use that color to add something or erase/straighten a line with the background color.  It was very frustrating trying to do the multi colored design.  I messed with it for about an hour and then abandoned the iMac and went to the iPad.  If I had thought, I could have used the palette they have as default and saved all the fuss.

I thought, "Why not keep on with the same program?"  Practice helps, right?  I got into the third color and then realized there was no color picker on my iPad either.  Rats!  I carried on with just filling in a new color when I changed and then air brushing over the lines.  I must have spent another 40 minutes or so on the end of the rug I had started.  Pbfttt.... I finally gave up.  Next complicated thing will be done with the app,  Brushes, which I am used to!  I did learn something, didn't I?  When I went to put the number on the sketch, I saw the real problem ... Number 13.

Number 13, texture, pattern - end of the rug (needed to do the middle design over)

Today was supposed to be about 60 degrees.  After we had lunch, I stepped out on the porch and in the protected area it was 77 degrees!  I decided to do a plein air sketch on the porch.  I got out my easel and the box of pastels that goes on the easel.  I spent about 40 minutes on this sketch.  More successful. 
I'll use this for Number 14, unique - view unique to my porch.  This is much farther away, I used my zoom.  :)

By the way, this paper is the paper I used for the bowls day before yesterday.  I just wiped it off.  I usually don't do that as Mi Tientes paper is very inexpensive.  By wiping it off, though, I had an under painting of blue.  The bowls and dark lines covered well.  I meant to take a photo, but once I decided to paint/sketch I just forgot anything else.  This is a good way to practice without worrying about the paper or making a masterpiece.

I enjoyed my afternoon.  Gene was riding his trike.  Good for both of us.


Joan Tavolott said...

Nice pastel of the outdoors, Jo! I still haven't had time to get back to Wet Canvas. My "30 Paintings in 30 Days" keeps me too busy. Hope to get back there soon.

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thanks! You stay so busy. Your 30 day paintings are so nice. Beautiful flowers. They would be super in one arrangement or framed under one frame like a collage.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i'm sure there is a colour piker in Sketchbook Pro or a way to pick colour out, been awhile since I've used it tho

get a tablet instead of a mouse, so much better and a lot easier

really nice colours in your pastel sketch :)

Bag Blog said...

77 degrees! We had snow yesterday - big, feathery flakes. They only stuck around for the morning, then the sun came out with temps in the 40's. It was really kind of nice.

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, Thank you. I love color.
The color picker shows that it is there in the help, but it isn't actually there. I think it has something to do with my old computer and the new updates not talking to each other. I may not have enough RAM for the new apps. I just do it for fun, so probably not investing in a tablet. Like I said, it is a challenge to use the mouse. Ha.

Bag Blog, snow -- yikes! Doesn't seem that you are that much farther north. Just a tad on a map. Looks are deceiving! Today is 67 and feels like 50, breezy, according to Gene. Ha. No trike ride today.

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