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Autumn Colours

I recently drove to Nova Scotia to visit friends.  I took my time and my sketchbook.

The trees were just beginning to turn in Quebec at the end of September when I stopped at a rest stop along the Saint Lawrence River in Village-des-Aulnaies.

Village-des-Aulnaies

The previous day was very hot but this day it was cold and threatening rain.  I had just blocked in the church in pencil when it started to rain.  I added the watercolour after I got home.

 

In Calabogie the pine needles have fallen but most of the leaves are still on the trees.  I took a break from raking  to do a quick watercolour sketch of the trees beside my driveway.

Autumn Colours Calabogie

There is still some trees that haven’t turned yet.

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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.

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.

Winter’s Day

Winter’s Day

I started this project after a walk on a beautiful sunny day.  Using white fabric, I machine stitched shapes using a twin needle and then cut out parts.  I coloured a second piece of white fabric using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The plan for the piece evolved as the weather changed.  An ice-storm brought down many branches from my pine trees and then froze them to the ground and covered them with snow.

Detail – hand embroidery and weaving

I stitched the pine branches onto water-soluble stabilizer with the sewing machine and once the stabilizer was washed out I sewed them onto the back side of the cutouts.

Detail: Winter’sDay

This will be one of the pieces I will be entering in Out of the Box‘s Fibre Fling 6 show in April.

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

Growing Old Together

This watercolour is of tree trunks in a neighbour’s yard.

Growing Old Together

Growing Old Together

Autumn Sumac

This was the view outside my dining room window at the the cottage a few weeks ago.

Fall-Sumac-watercolourI love it when the trees have started to change colours but there is still some green.  This year some of the sumac was brilliant red while other trees nearby had barely started to change.  The trees I painted in the watercolour started to turn well after many of the other sumac in the area.

The leaves have all gone now.  Even the poplars which turn late lost all their leaves in the wind we had Thursday night.

The Embrace

I took a photo of these two trees because it looked to me as if they were trying to embrace one another.

trees in winter watercolor

The Embrace

 

The background behind them was too busy to see the trees easily so in the watercolour painting I used the background from a different photo taken nearby.

Bark

This watercolour is from a photo I took beside the Calabogie Highlands Golf Course.  The tree still seemed to be healthy despite having lost part of its trunk.

damaged tree trunk watercolor

Bark

Avenue of Birches

I usually see this landscape from the opposite direction on my daily walk.  To view it from this angle requires an extra hill to climb but it’s worth it.

avenue of birches watercolour

Avenue of Birches

 

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