Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sketching Spring

Well, it seems I must apologize again for my long absence once again.  It has been a very busy year and as my children grow older, so does their need of my focus and attention.   That doesn't mean I have been absent from art, I have withdrawn from my public blogging and sharing somewhat to become an introverted learner.  Plus, I have been busy teaching live classes, a pursuit that I hope to do much more of.

Art is a lifetime's learning and I have found that I spiral through different stages, different inspirations, and different motivations, and as I pass through these, I feel the need to withdraw and paint for my own sake. Lately, I've been exploring technique and style, and focusing in on subjects that I connect to more.

But I have plenty of sketchbooks to share, and hopefully I can share a simple picture of what I've been doing more regularly with you.  Such as this rose, which I painted from my summer garden.  I've been tending my rose bushes, which I inherited when I moved into this house, and the past two seasons are beginning to pay off.  Two of my bushes have burst into bloom and they are stunning indeed.

This is done using Sennelier Watercolors in a Stillman & Birn "Alpha" Series Sketchbook.  The Alpha is a new thing for me and I've really been enjoying it.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for dropping by.  xx