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Sketching in an Inexpensive Sketchbook

I started a new sketchbook at the beginning of July.  Most of the sketches so far have been drawn in ink and the watercolour was added after.  The paper isn’t made for watercolour and I had to experiment with how to apply the paint so that it didn’t look like just a bunch of coloured blotches.  I found that wetting the paper first and painting wet on wet worked best. However it was hard to get intense colour and the pages warped.

Cedar and Black Walnut (I think) Trees at Barnet Park

Trees Growing  Around Abandoned Truck in Calabogie

 

 

I painted the truck and trees first and then added the pen after.

Madawaska River from Bridge on K&P Trail in Calabogie

I then covered some of the pages (one side only) with Golden Absorbent Ground (White).  I used one of the pages to paint an impression of one of the views from my daily walk.

View from Tatty Hill Road

The paper handled the watercolour much better and didn’t warp.

Cottage in Calabogie

 

 

I started the next one with pen and added watercolour after.  Although I did spend a lot of time measuring, the proportions didn’t work out right, but I can try it again later.

 

 

 

I like the size and format of this sketchbook so I have covered several pages with Absorbent Ground in preparation for more watercolour sketches.

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Invitation

Sometimes I walk by the same scene I’ve passed many times and suddenly see something new.  A mallard walking beside the road drew my attention to the fence and from there my eyes went to the trees beyond.

A Quiet Walk

Another watercolour from one of my Mexico photos. This is near the Paricutin volcano.

Green

An exercise in mixing greens, I did this watercolour from one of my travel photographs.

Wet on Wet Fun

I was having no luck with the sketches I was doing in order to paint another watercolour.  So I gave up and just painted wet-on-wet and had fun.imaginary-watercolour-landscape

Iguassu Falls

I have many photographs from my trip to Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side. I’ve always wanted to do  painting of the falls but felt it was too difficult.  After a couple of false starts, I decided to go small and painted this 4 1/2 by 6 inch watercolour from one of the pictures.

Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls

Barnet Park Landscapes

In the summer I go to exercise classes at Barnet Park in Calabogie twice a week.  It is a beautiful setting.  I frequently arrive early and sketch until its time for the class.  I always bring my camera.

These watercolours are from photos I took.  They are the same view but one is taken with a wider angle.

 

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Rocks at Barnet Park

The colours are a little more subdued on this watercolour compared to my usual paintings.

Rocks at Barnet Park

Rocks at Barnet Park

Fall Landscape

I finished this watercolour a while ago but never got around to posting it.

Fall-Landscape--watercolour

It’s from a photo I had taken and saved to paint but I forgot to note down where I had taken the picture.  I think it might be a view from Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park.

Looking at the Falls

A new watercolour based on a photograph I took on a trip to Brazil several years ago.

watercolor of tree lined pathway

Looking at the Falls

My friend Marnie is looking out at Iguassu Falls. We spent a day on the Bazilian side and another on the Argentinian. The falls are magnificent. I will paint them someday.

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