"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Single-Sheet Sketchbook

A while ago (a long while ago) I made a sketchbook out of a single sheet of watercolor paper.  I did a few drawings in it and then forgot about it on the shelf.  I worked in other sketchbooks and then came across it again recently.  I decided to finish it by drawing and painting some paperwhites as they grew and changed.



Of course being paperwhites, they grew quite quickly and sprouted before I had a chance to draw them as bulbs.


One of the bulbs was slow to sprout.  I thought of drawing it by itself, but then found myself drawing all the rocks and other bulbs and the dish too.


And everyday the blooms change.  I try to finish a sketch of them in one sitting because I know they'll be completely different if I leave them for any length of time!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Little Brown Sketchbook - Done!



I filled my Little Brown Sketchbook!  Yay!  I made it using a cover from a composition book I bought at Staples.  I cut it down to fit the sewn signatures I made of 90 lb. hot press watercolor paper following the Reloaded Moleskine directions from Martha of Trumpetvine Travels.



I used manilla folders for endpapers to glue the signature to the cover and added an elastic to keep the book closed while in my bag (because you have to carry your sketchbook with you at ALL times!  You just never know when the opportunity to sketch will present itself.).



I have a few pages to finish up.  I'd love to add some color to a few of the sketches and some darks to the aloe plant sketch.