Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Theme: "Fall Leaves"

Leslie here.  I grew up in the midwest where fall means gorgeous, glowing leaf color.  I find that I miss all the splendor of fall with its colored leaves in my San Antonio location.  This year I was able to get a "dose" of fall beauty in two places:  Tuscany and Ohio.
I traveled to Italy in late September/early October and was just in time to see the grape leaves begin to turn brilliant red to bright yellow on the vines.  Maple leaves seemed to glow along the Ohio highways.
Do you love fall colored leaves?  What are your favorites?  Please join me this month as we embrace this wonderful palette.  I am looking forward to seeing your work!
here is a leaf I picked up and tucked into my sketchbook near Lucca, in Tuscany.



A quick sketch of the grape vines with fields of grapes and olive trees on the distant hills

I was taken with the unusual tint of the pomegranate fruit (and surprised that the leaves were so small!

We were allowed to pick some bay leaves from a large shrub on the 
property of one of the vineyards we visited.

I tucked a bay leaf in my sketchbook, too!

and also some of her lavender.  I loved to smell the 
aroma of this as I opened the sketchbook!


Another small watercolor painting of the beautiful grape leaves and grapes of Italy.

Show me your leaves!



Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code nov852 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.





Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Friday, October 10, 2014

More Like Big Flowers as Trees

Jamie Fingal checking in on the October theme of trees.  I had to dig deep to find some in my artwork, realizing pretty quickly that I don't do trees, but big flowers as trees.  Whimsy House stencil has large tulip flowers, the size of trees.
One of my art quilts - big flower over airstream trailer. Windows, door, flowers and leaves are all stencils by StencilGirl Products

House tag with big round flowers, painted with watercolors
Another tulip tree piece.  This was made on watercolor paper with washi paper and fabric, some painting with watercolors, and pen and ink.  Just another way to look at trees. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Trees



I have a little sketchbook made from a lovely soft handmade paper which still has bits of fibre in it; this was a present some time ago and I use it occasionally when I pick up interesting or coloured leaves when out walking. They press nicely between its pages and I have found that a blob of hot glue fixes them to the page. It always amazes me as to how well the leaves keep their colours.




Some of the leaf shapes look like little trees in themselves. I have been following a line drawing workshop with Lisa Congdon and, inspired by her methods, added some geometric tree shapes around one of the leaves in the sketchbook.

I then took photographs of some of the  pages and put them through grunge filters in ipad apps. I then printed them out onto photo paper and added more geometric shapes using a black Berol marker.

Have fun with October's autumn theme, Jackie.




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Theme

Hello everyone!
Carol Sloan here, bringing you this month's theme.

Our theme will be “trees” this month.

It's no secret that I love trees.
For climbing, sitting under, sitting in, collecting leaves, picking up bark and acorns (or fruits).
I love to photograph them, paint them and draw them.
I've created several series of artwork around the topic of trees.

If you spend more than one or two minutes looking around my blog, you will see that I spend a lot of time drawing or painting trees.

I have several thermofax screens in my shop that have pieces of a tree on them –  several different leaves and stems.
You may even find one or two drawings of a complete tree in there.

One of my Etsy shop customers requested a Christmas tree thermofax screen to use in making Christmas cards.

I sketched out several quick tree ideas for her, then ask her to let me know which ones she wanted me to “flesh out” for her. Here's a look at the preliminary sketches.



The following are a few of them that I sketched in my sketchbook as potential designs.







Whether you draw a life-like tree or a stylized one, you could draw your own tree for use on a card or use it as a reason to get in some sketching time.
Either way - pull that sketchbook out and get to sketching!


Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code oct489 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.





Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!