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Finished Page 1 in new Sketchbook

by on Jan.24, 2013, under Sketches

Went ahead and finished a page in Toned-Gray Strathmore sketchbook. Pencils used were a Staedtler Mars Lumograph 6B for dark and a Berol Verithin 734 White. Now, back to painting.

Page 1 of New Tone-Gray Sketchbook

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Aug. 20 – Silkscreen Monotype on Brochure

by on Aug.20, 2012, under Printmaking, Sketches, South Slough Area

Experimented with a monotype on a South Slough Reserve Brochure. I first lightly (see through) coated with thinned Gesso. Made a test of mediums on screen for best B&W – watercolor black, Derwent Ink Black 2200 pencil, and 6B Drawing Pencil were the choices.

Brochure – 8 1/2 x 11


Silkscreen drawn and painted on its surface with watercolor & pencils


The printed brochure.

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Skunk Cabbage Sketches

by on Aug.18, 2012, under Sketches, South Slough Area

After doing a Pen & Ink drawing of Skunk Cabbage which is abundant at South Slough Estuary, I took it into Adobe Illustrator and did a few basic layering of color.

“South Slough Skunk Cabbage” – Pen and Ink – 5×8 in

“South Slough Skunk Cabbage – with Layering” – Pen and Ink – 5×8 in

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Drawings – South Slough Reserve

by on Aug.16, 2012, under Sketches, South Slough Area

Decided to do some Pen & Ink line drawings along the pathways at South Slough Estuary today. Once there I found that there were too many choices and themes. I tried tastes of different segments of the walk. There was dead stumps with plants, twisting & turning pathways, and an abundance of flora – especially skunk cabbage. Pictured below are 2 of the 3 sketch/drawings – the third, Skunk Cabbage, I’m going to play around with in Adobe Illustrator (AI) and will show the drawing and AI-edits later.

“Dead Stump & Undergrowth” – Pen and Ink – 8×5 in.

“Twisting & Descending Pathway” – Pen and Ink – 8×5 in.

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Next Path at South Slough

by on Jul.19, 2012, under Sketches, South Slough Area

Working on the composition for next South Slough Path – this one brings in artificial structures with natural surroundings. The bridge slats looks like a ‘beat’ or piano keys accompanying the natural ‘rhythms’. I’m going to play the image with Silkscreen Monotype.

Sketches for next South Slough Project

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