Even when Shadow’s sleeping, he shifts and moves around. If he feels my eyes on him, he lifts his head to look at me. So I look at him over the edge of my table while he’s nestled in an armchair.
Looking uphill and noticing the bright scene on the other side of the fence.
Using figure shapes as boundaries for watercolor “accidents.”
Aquarelle pencils are great for sketching on site, but I tend to work too tightly with them. Trying to get more randomness into my work means resorting to softer paint with lots of water.
Another sketch without wearing my glasses, looking into the blur.
The sun lights up the leaves of this tree. When I look at it with my glasses, the many leaves make so much detail I find it hard to paint. But blurred out, I see one bright canopy.
A little sketch without wearing my glasses. All looks blurry, but what stands out for me is how dark the shadowed foreground is. There were also some dark branches hanging down from the sequoia.
Sketch for baby gargoyle.
Not worrying about accurate shapes at this point, still working out the lights and darks. Trial and error painting background.