I bought a medium size poinsettia plant for the holidays to brighten the house. It is a good time to sketch them right now. Many of my last sketches have been from still life objects. It is my goal to hone my eye-hand coordination and try to accurately record the relationships of shapes as they are. What is neat about working from objects rather than photos is: if you're not sure about a petal or what is behind it, you can lift it with your pencil and examine it from different angles. You can't do that with a photo.
My sketches are detailed studies in my sketchbook - for practise and for reference for later paintings. Once I am very familiar with a subject I would like to paint it in a looser style or in a single stroke that suggests a petal instead of drawing it.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!