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The Incomplete Story

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. 🙂

The Photo

Charcoal Sketch  11 x 14

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White and Black

This time, instead of a black and white, I thought I would give white and black a try…I know, it’s the same thing, kind of. 🙂

Martini - 17 x 11.5 Charcoal on black paper
Martini – 17 x 11.5 Charcoal on black paper

12×18

White Charcoal On Black Paper

  • Simple, Fun, and Therapeutic 

             “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

              Thomas Merton

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The Cooler Side

Banff, Alberta, Canada

…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! 🙂

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Paper Probe

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.

Niska

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. ”
Pablo Picasso

There was a lot of “dust” this week – the sketch was a great escape!