Author Archives: Nancy Leigh-Smith

Life Drawing

I do Life Drawing once a week. I used to use my iPad and Apple Pencil in Procreate but I have recently switched to watercolour. We do mostly short poses starting with one minute and working up to 30 minutes. For the shorter poses I try to sketch the shapes with just watercolour. For the longer poses I sketch first with pencil. I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me.

These are 5 and 10 minute poses. Sometimes I do the 5 minute poses directly in watercolour but here I used a pencil first.

A 20 minute pose.

Winter Roads

Here are 2 recent watercolours painted from photographs taken during my morning walks.

in the second one I used a tiny bit of gouache.

A Light Dusting of Snow

The snow was preceded by freezing rain. The small amount that fell was enough to cover roofs roofs and cars.

Since then we’ve had more snow and now the ground is white.

Winter Visitors

These three were part of a larger group that visited me several times last winter. I saw their footprints frequently but only managed to see the deer a few times.

Painted from a photograph.

Transition

I took the photograph from which I painted this scene a few weeks ago, after the first real snow. Only a few trees still had their colours. Two days later the snow had all melted. The leaves didn’t last much longer.

Milkweed

Watercolour from photographs taken on my walk.

Last of the Colour (Almost)

There is still a bit of yellow in some of the oaks.

A little over a week ago I had some colour in my back yard.

The colours were much more subdued than the previous week.

The oaks on the other hand were in their glory.

But some of the oaks had started losing their leaves.

These were in less protected locations.

One was a victim of November 1’s winds.

Fading Colours

Here are 3 more sketches done in ink on my morning walks last week. The watercolour was added later. Most of the reds were gone but surprisingly some of the sumac were still persisting.

I was planning to paint the sumac behind my house yesterday (Friday) but after the heavy rain overnight on Thursday and the strong winds yesterday it looked something like this..

On My Walk

Last weekend I did two ink sketches on my morning walk. I added watercolour later.

Fall Colours

The last couple of days I’ve been walking, taking pictures of the fall colours. When I got back yesterday I went right back out with my watercolours to paint this view from my driveway.

I love this time of year when there is still some green among the yellows, oranges and reds.

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