Saturday, November 22, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - November





Last month I found the Virtual Sketch Date blog two days after the deadline and I vowed that I would take part in November. But when I saw the reference I was a little overwhelmed by the seeming complexity of it - all those branches! So my first offering was to make a simple ink sketch and colour with watercolour - I went for representation rather than detail. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it - the vivid colours of the reference reminding me of an Autumn day in Sydney when the leaves are dropping but the sky is vibrant blue and it is hot, hot, hot. Then, tonight I decided to get out the pastels and try for a more painterly offering - it was a challenge but again I loved working with this colour combo and was both surprised and pleased with the result. Thanks to all at VSD for the opportunity to join in and I am looking forward to next month!

9 comments:

Stacy said...

One of the great things about the sketch date is how it pushes us to try things we might otherwise not. Both of your renditions are nice. I like the clear colors in the first one and the softer feel of the second. Hope to see you again next month!

Regina Calton Burchett said...
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Regina Calton Burchett said...

I like them both, but especially the watercolor - it looks so happy! The trunk is really nicely done.

shicat said...

Hi, I agree with stacy, I like the clear colors of the first painting and the moody feel of the second. I was also really challenged by this month's entry. I alway thought I was o.k. with trees,but this was difficult for me,fun too.

Andy said...

Hi. I really like the pastel version, the bright soft colours work well.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Love both the versions, great job.

Jan Pope said...

Both versions are just lovely. Nice job.

Paulette said...

I really like the looseness of the ink and water colour. And the texture of the pastel.

Jo Castillo said...

I'm a big fan of the watercolor and ink sketches. I really like that.