Charcoal

Renaissance Château

Cervená Lhota, or red village, is a beautiful renaissance château located in Czech Republic.  Normally the castle or château would appear a vibrant red color, but since I wanted to play with reflection and charcoal it is just black and white.  Since doing this drawing  I thought it would be fun to do a similar sketch using the rich clay, terracotta colors of contè crayons.

Cervena Lhota (2)

19 x 24 Charcoal

 To see what the château really looks like check out Château Cervená Lhota.

 

Charcoal

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! 🙂