Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another Watercolor Sketch

Outside M&S Grill in Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
ink and watercolor sketch
approx. 5" x 4.5"

Okay, can I just say that I am starting to love sketching! In fact it could become addictive!

Last weekend I took a trip to the Baltimore area with some family members. On Saturday we had some free time at the Inner Harbor. Instead of spending my time shopping, I chose to sit outside, enjoy the beautiful weather and sketch using my new watercolor sketch kit. You can see the results of my efforts above.

I was sitting on a covered balcony looking across to a restaurant and some lovely Spring landscaping. I took out my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook and did a quick line sketch with my trusty Micron pen. Next I added the color. I found it easier to get good darks this time. I don't know if it is because I was using pan colors or just because I am learning how to work with this sketchbook paper. Speaking of darks, I notice now there is an area near the tree that I never went back and darkened. I also notice some perspective issues that I am not going to point out. But trust me, I see them!

Overall though, given my time limit (approx. 45 min.) and my desire to catch the essence of this scene, I am pleased with the result. And I thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside and sketching. I didn't miss the shopping at all.


Dave said...

Hmmm, sketching as an alternative to shopping...I'll have to see if I can get my DW to take it up! This is a lovely sketch...I especially like the tree, but the whole thing works well.

Stacy said...

Dave, don't get your hopes up too much. The day before this our group was at an outlet center and I chose shopping over sketching. I realize I came across as pretty virtuous in this post, but don't buy it. ;) Sorry to burst your bubble.

bluelilac said...

Stacy, I think you are developing a lovely sense of the STACY style with the sketching. This one is light and fun with a sense of whimsy. Being a sort of whimsical sketcher person myself I LOVE your sketch.


Stacy said...

Thanks blue! I am enjoying sketching more than I ever thought I would. I really look forward to the days when I have time to break out my sketchbook.