A few days ago I enjoyed a day out with a friend who took me along to her local art group for a demo on pet portraits in pastel. It’s always fun to see a different technique and I’m happy to pick up any new ideas and tips. Then we visited a local cafe which had a previous life as a garden centre, designed by a landscaper with an artistic eye with lots of quirky artifacts nestled amongst plantings and ponds. I hadn’t intended to sketch here but it was so appealing and I did have a little sketchbook and a ballpoint on in my bag so I sketched it there and added colour at home. A little added colour actually makes the figures look human.
One advantage of being in the city is easy access to art supplies. While I am never interested in shopping like “normal” people I can’t pass an art shop. I now have new sketchbooks, pens and watercolours. Just adding to my retirement portfolio 🙂
In one of my new sketchbooks (made from Strathmore Toned paper) I painted a little gouache impression of Monets garden from a photo posted by Artastic for the 2 hour challenge on Wetcanvas.
I’ve been away from home for 4 weeks now. Heading home tomorrow and I will be happy to be back in my own space. While it has been fun getting to see and sketch in new places I do prefer the comfort and familiarity of my studio.