Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yay! Last Day of Classes!

I'm feeling free, liberated, soaring like a bird--no more class preparation, only final exams to deal with. Yesterday (long teaching day), I only had time for a quick pen sketch of the last mandarine from my orchard that was in my lunchbox. I wrote around it and planned on doing watercolors to finish it when I went home.

However, the assignment for this week in Sketchbook School was to use colored pencils. The suggested technique was to have a very light touch and do many layers of color...I knew this was going to take time so I had put it off. But, I confess that I really like the process because of the subtlety and depth of color obtained. I mean, subtle I'm not and I really, really like the results. I used Stabilo colored pencils and ten colors (at the bottom).

As I noted on the sketchbook page, I haven't been able to stitch all week--it's killin' me. This evening I will stitch to my heart's content. Now I'm going to go out in the sunshine and talk to the plants in my garden...

3 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

I'm smitten with colored pencils, although I haven't played nearly enough with them to understand their nuances. I like that you recorded the colors you used at the bottom in a sort of chart - very helpful when in the experimentation stage. I will have to start doing this myself. I too really like the subtlety and depth you were able to achieve here.

deanna7trees said...

love your sketchbook page. i know how you feel about feeling free. i remember those days of teaching when it was near the end and there would be lots of 'me' time. enjoy.

Geneen Granger said...

Wow! Gorgeous. 10 colors? I'm in SBS too but haven't gotten this result at all. I think you should post this on the SBS facebookpage and mention the 10 colors which would really help folks who are struggling.