I enjoy people’s life stories. Seeing this elderly woman made me wonder what her story might be. Drawn to her hand, I thought that it might make an interesting sketch. Looking back I think it was the entire look and demeanor of the woman that intrigued me (or maybe an over active imagination). I don’t think I got the complete story with this sketch.
As an exercise this sketch was valuable, and I guess that is part of the learning and growing process. …now, time to move on. 🙂
…one of my favorite places to visit for many reasons: beautiful breathtaking scenery for myself and my husband, quaint little gift shops for my girls, and an awesome candy store for my son.
12 x 18 Charcoal Sketch on blue-tinted paper
I am always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us, whether prairie or mountain, sky or earth, old or new – all you have to do is stop and look (or maybe I should say see). 🙂 Inspired after a trip to Banff I decided it was time to try sketch a landscape. I have to say that it was an experiment and I never intended to finish it. I wanted to know what effect black and white charcoal would have on blue-tinted paper. When I started the sketch I struggled with the cold feeling. I really wanted to add brown tones to warm up the sketch, but refrained and I’m glad I did. I enjoy the cool feel it created. It fits with our week in Alberta – cold and snow! 🙂
Is there a right or wrong paper to use for a graphite or charcoal sketch? Lately I have come across charcoal art pieces done on a variety of surfaces (newspaper, paper bag, MDF, canvas…) Each has a unique look and I am sure, and new set of challenges. Time for me to try! Thought I would start small – see where it goes.
12×18 Charcoal Sketch
I did this sketch on textured, colored paper. The challenge was the deep tooth of the paper.
I had to include this quote this week.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ”
There was a lot of “dust” this week – the sketch was a great escape!