Back in December I posted my tripod experiment for an upcoming watercolour workshop. I said I would post a follow up on how the easel performed.
It was very successful for that workshop but I wanted to make it more portable with less pieces to put together.
So here is what I did. I cut down the platform that attaches to the tripod so it would fit onto my sketch folder for carrying. Now I can open my sketch folder and clip to the platform. I eliminated the tray for holding my paints and water. I can now just clip the watercolour tray on to my open sketch folder as shown in photos. I can also clip a water cup. It’s so much more portable now.
This was the first prototype.
These are photos of my final (maybe) design.
If you haven’t heard of Daytripping, you’re missing a wonderful reading experience. I’ve been associated with this newspaper for many years and have been privileged to have many of my paintings on their front cover including this Spring issue.
It is chock full of tourist information covering southwestern Ontario and very interesting and humorous articles.
You can pick up a copy from over 1000 locations and it’s free.
You may remember this from a week ago when I spritzed water on my sketch, not realizing that the ink was not permanent? Big oops!
Well, I attempted to save it by redoing the lines I lost. I think it came out alright…I couldn’t resist adding more detail though.
Actually, I think I’ll add a splash of colour to the paper next time, before I start a sketch. I like the results. It may help me to loosen up a bit. We’ll see.
I sketched this market from a pamphlet I picked up when Alan Norsworthy and I sketched downtown Galt, Ontario, Canada, last week.
I wanted to practice using a water soluble ink brush with watercolour. I screwed up a sketch when I spritzed water on my drawing last week, not realizing the ink was not permanent.
Videos I watched showed that you can work with these inks…so here is my attempted to master this medium.
I used a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen, Sakura watercolour brush, Tombow water soluble brush and gouache.
Joined Alan today to sketch old buildings in Cambridge (Galt). Met up at the Melville Cafe at 9:30 and got some hot drinks because it was COLD. But in spite of the cold we persevered and stood in the entrance ways of stores to get out of the wind and sketched for 4 hours.
I’m trying to loosen up my drawing and to be quicker like Alan, but I still get bogged down with detail.
I was really pleased with the one sketch I did with blue ink of the old town hall. Directly went to ink…no pre drawing with pencil and it worked…until I added water. I forgot the ink was water soluble. Interesting results.