EDM sketch challenge 62

I often draw the same thing more than once because the item itself is slightly different, or I see it differently, my skill level changes, my focus changes, or I use different media on different paper. What ever the reason each sketch presents a different set of challenges which I can learn from. Today I am sharing two recent drawing of pears. One is done in the journal and one is done in my new one.

sketch of pears EDM drawing prompt 62 reads Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.

I have sketched pears before (I love them and they are in our fruit bowl often!) These two sketches are done a couple of days apart
The first is created with coloured pencils which I blended with rubbing alcohol. It was one of the drawing exercises in one of the online classes I took. I am working my way through a number of exercises from various classes with a little more thoroughness. When doing online classes because they are not a regular thing in my life I find I either have to hurry to do the exercises or they slip and they don’t get done.

I do not use a lot of coloured pencil  but I like them because they are a dry medium. There are many times when I can not use wet media. For instance just this last Sunday I was drawing in Our National Art Gallery and they only pencil.  So I am keen to experiment with coloured pencils more.

sketch of pears in a bowlThe second sketch is done in my new journal. You can see one of the spacer cards that I have bound into the book. I have cut the edge of it with one of those paper craft punches that creates fancy deckled edges. The sketch itself is in the top right hand corner of the page because I will write on the rest of the page. For this sketch I used my Lamy pen with De Atramentis document water proof ink in it (fog grey)  watercolour paints, Derwent watercolour pencils,  Derwent Inktense pencils (almost a disaster as they were too strong for the image) and a touch of white conte pencil.

The two sketches were done days apart and I learnt much about materials from both of them. I hope you have enjoyed my little ramble and explanation of the two drawings.

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Canberra sketchers meeting at the NGA

The March meeting of our newly formed Canberra sketchers group was a really pleasant get together and everybody seemed to enjoy the buzz of activity in the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Australia. As you can see we all  had a productive time!

Canberra Sketchers March 2015I was a bit of a wimp as it was warm and the air conditioned environment of the gallery beckoned me.

Sandstone Buddha NGAI made myself comfortable, and took time to draw a second century red sandstone Buddha which is about to be returned to India because it was stolen. Of course, when the gallery purchased it they did not know it was stolen and currently all key items in the Indian collection is part of a major provenance investigation.

It is only right that it be returned but before it left public display here, I decided to take time to really look at it and draw it. There is nothing like drawing to make you really look at something. It was quiet and peaceful in the gallery and I was really pleased I took time to do this as I probably would not have the opportunity to see this again let alone draw it. The red sandstone Buddha, originally cam from the Uttar Pradesh region of India.

Links to news reports relevant to the provenance investigation of the NGA Asia collection.

National Gallery of Australia to return stolen Buddha statue to India

Buddha statue found to have been stolen will be returned to India

If you are local or visiting and interested in Canberra Sketchers don’t hesitate to contact me for details about our meetings.

Added Later see how Leonie Andrews saw the Canberra Sketchers event 

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New sketchers group in Canberra

I woke this morning with a little voice that whispered “Will anyone turn up?” I felt like a big kid as this week I have been taping away on the key board emailing folks and posting to facebook with the news that a new sketch group was forming in Canberra.

The time was set at 10.30 with people to meet at the cafe outside the National Gallery. I need not have worried as 9 brave souls gathered with sketchbooks in hand, with 2 people going the extra mile literally as they travelled from Goulburn.

sketchbooks and meet up I really liked the share and not compare attitude that everyone embraced. We had a lovely day and decided that we would make this a regular event meeting the first Sunday of the Month and that we would embark upon the formal process of becoming an Urban Sketchers group.

Flugelman sculpture sketchI chose to tackle the Bert Flugelman sculpture “Cones” The contrast between the shiny stainless steel and the greenery around it was interesting and a challenge! If you are interested in finding out more about this sculpture The NGA provides a short video on their website.

All in all a great day!

Added later: For another viewpoint of the event and much better photos of everyone see Leonie Andrews blog post “This could be the start of something big

If you are a Canberra resident and interested in the next meeting email me and I will make sure you are in the loop.

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Finding a feather

sketch of a featherI found a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo feather on one of my morning walks. As I carried it home to draw I was wondering if there was a little sketching project about found objects. I walked up the hill to our home I realised most of Canberra is suburbs and probably the most interesting thing to find would be the odd dead shopping trolly but the idea may have some merit so this morning I am pondering…

This sketch was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook which is 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 x 21.6 cm) using artist pitt pens, Derwent watercolour pencils and watercolour paint as one of the daily prompts provided by a facebook group called A sketch a Day .