Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More Sketchbook Project 2012

I spent most of last weekend thinking about all those on the East Coast of the USA enduring the anger of Hurricane Irene.  I am always astounded at the force of these massive storms, particularly the waves and tidal surges they produce.  Coming from an Island Nation where cyclones are a regular part of summer, I grew up with a deep love and very healthy respect for the ocean and its power.  So the ocean seemed a fitting subject for one of the few remaining spreads left to complete in my sketchbook for the Art House Co-Op's 2012 Sketchbook Project.  My theme, "A Path Through the Trees" has led me to some wonderful places, and on a number of occasions, it's let me to the ocean.

I saw a scene similar to this one in some stained glass many years ago. I can't take credit for the raw thought of this piece because that image stayed with me as one of the most beautiful scenes I'd ever seen reproduced in glass. So, with stained glass in mind I attempted to reproduce the energy of the wave as it rolled toward the shore. I especially love the glistening surface of the water as it gathers into a force that is both beautiful and mighty. For this piece I used my beloved Neocolor II's for the water and acrylic paint for the sunset, I very lightly sponged on metallic pearl and gold acrylic paint to represent the spray from the wave.  I love the contrast between the crayon and the paint, but be careful as you apply it, if too much paint is used over the crayons then they will react to the liquid...which is what they're designed to do.

Given my love of water-soluble mediums and my recent curiosity about watercolor pencils (here), I finally purchased a small set of Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. But when I opened the box I was frozen with fear...I really had no idea what to do with them?  So, I took the most logical and exciting of steps and signed up for Cathy Johnson's online mini-class on "Watercolor Pencils".  I'm so excited about this and can't wait to get started.  Cathy is a wonderful artist and author with a wealth of talent and experience.  Her work is just beautiful and I suggest you check out her blog "Artist's Journal Workshop" and the many online classes she offers. 

Ocean Treasure is also this weeks theme for Inspiration Avenue's weekly challenge.  It's a wonderful blog site filled with inspiration for all forms of creative expression. I still have a couple of spreads left to complete in my sketchbook.  If you're participating in The Sketchbook Project 2012, then I'd love to see your pages.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog or Flickr site that shows your pages and I'll post highlights from some of your sketchbooks in the coming weeks...if that's ok?

Thanks for checking in. xx