Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge: View

A few days ago the October theme for The Sketchbook Challenge was announced. It's View/Views.  I'm pretty excited about this one because for me it speaks of nature.  The only challenge is it says panorama, vistas, and landscapes.  You probably haven't seen much of my work that shows sweeping views or vistas, I tend to focus more on the micro aspects of nature, so this is another of those themes that is going to stretch me as an artist.

My book for the Art House Coops "Sketchbook Project 2012" lends itself to this theme as well.  'A Path Through the Trees' (my theme) is a good one for discovering views.  I've actually finished my book for this project so I'll take the opportunity this month to show your more of it before I send it off to Boston.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to explore the 'View' theme and see what I come up with. In the meantime, this page was done a little while ago, but is a good illustration of theme.  It's my view of the Iowa Prairie from my picnic blanket. We love to ride bikes...a lot, and with young kids, it's easy to pack a simple picnic and head out for a ride.  We don't get too far as our 5yo likes to ride her own bike now, but that's ok. We don't need to go far from our house to get some good views of nature.  This is one of them.

It's done in my Moleskine notebook with my Koi Watercolors and Pigma Micron pen.  It's an 'en plein air' attempt so is lacking in my usual intensity and detail, but it's all part of the fun.  I'm really trying to get better at capturing views when I'm outdoors as I hope to be doing some travel in the coming months and I want to take my sketchbook with me.  I haven't done travel sketching since I've had kids. It's a whole different ball game when you've got little ones crawling over you while your trying to sketch.  Plus, they don't give you a lot of time before they need to go potty, want you to push them on the swing, or are ready to go home.

But it's always fun.  Thanks for checking in. xx