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.
The afternoon sun cast a long shadow on the sidewalk in front of me as I walked home.
What would it feel like for a gargoyle to get to the other side, the inside, of a stained glass window?
There’s a bench shaded by redwoods next to the tennis courts in the park. In July I saw bright pink flowers blooming next to that bench, but now summer is fading and those flowers are gone.
The picnic tables in this painting are off in the distance, as are the people. Maybe it reflects the introvert in me, who’d rather watch people from a distance.
I remember the first time I ever tried to draw a smile, when I was about five years old.
First I drew the crescent shaped open mouth.
So far, so good. Then I drew a bunch of up-and-down lines for teeth.
That looked like good progress. And then to finish.
It happened to me again last week. I started with a location sketch that seemed like an interesting little composition.
Then I started the painting.
and almost finished before I realized that I had painted dappled shade all across the lower half of the scene, which was not the source idea. I had to wipe out a section.
Here’s hoping I finish without losing the thread again.