Balanced Living for Creatives

Balanced Living for Creatives

May 5, 2011

More from SketchCrawl

Sketchcrawl is part of urban sketching groups. It's organized periodically in many and various locations around the world. Groups of artists get together for a day and walk around sketching what they see.

May 3, 2011

Watercolor Tree Sketch

Watercolor is very nice for sketching. Here is a small crabapple tree, done with a few loose layers of watercolor paints. Simple and pleasant. I did a graphite sketch first. Then drew a few pale lines in pencil on the watercolor paper to act as guidelines for my washes. Mainly to remind me of where the highlights of the branches should be. A few details were added with a small brush. And then a few little background shapes, suggestive of plants or distant foliage, to ground the tree and make it seem connected with Earth.

April 22, 2011

SketchCrawl April 2011

This sketchcrawl was organized by artist Jim Stigall. A small group of artists wandered through downtown Denver sketching various scenes along the way.

April 11, 2011

Painting in Progress

This is the beginning stages/underpainting for an oil painting I am currently working on. It is a common street scene in India, at a street vendor in the marketplace. I did a lot of sketching while I was there, and then I have been doing artwork from photos since then. This is a composite from photos, sketches, and memories of various street scenes and people that I observed. People watching is always my favorite activity when I travel.

March 23, 2011

Avian Anatomy

This is a drawing of the articulated skeleton of the rufous-sided towhee.

January 5, 2011

Bird Skull Drawing

This is a drawing in process: first the sketch, rendered approximately life size. Then the next is a carbon dust drawing done at the same size. The bones are all in place, but it's too small for all the details of the smaller bones. Now I am working on a scaled up version which will allow me to draw in the details of the small bones.