Saturday, December 21, 2013

Looking Back - 2013 - Drawing on Nature

Besides teaching Walk & Watercolor and Sunset Landscape Painting, I taught an outdoor drawing class called, Drawing on Nature.  Each student received a little sketchbook, and we used combinations of pen & ink, wash, and pencils, and heightened with white gouache or chalk.  My favorite sketchbook contained gray paper and was spiral bound.  Again, all of the supplies fit into a backpack, which made it a perfect medium for walks or hikes.  These classes were given twice a week at Smugglers Notch Resort throughout the summer and fall, with all materials included.  The following drawings were some of my demonstrations this year.  The sketchbook is approximately 6"x8", which is a perfect size for sketches.  All of these drawings were done plein air.  It is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature.  

Here is the little gray sketchbook 

Pen & Ink, washes, pencil and white gouache on light pink paper

6"x8" gray sketchbook -  pen & ink, pencil, white chalk & white gouache

Gray sketchbook - deciding to keep the drawings monochromatic 

Gray sketchbook - combination of pencil, pen & ink, colored pencil & white

Another demonstration in the gray sketchbook 

A little study in brown ink, washes, and pen, heightened with white gouache

Tan paper with pen & ink and brown and blue washes

larger drawing with washes, white, and pen & ink on tan paper

Tan paper with walnut ink, pen & white gouache

This drawing was in the last fall class..most of the leaves were down

Here I am with my little cart and seated on my little folding stool.  

3 comments:

Felicity Deverell said...
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Felicity Deverell said...

Lovely sketches! Very inspiring for me about to go on a hiking/drawing trip. Merry Christmas!

Karen Winslow said...

Thank you, Felicity!! The sketchbook with the gray paper is just the right size for a hike. It's small, but not too small, and it has 50 sheets of paper. Have a wonderful drawing trip!