Friday, May 17, 2013
A few days in Northern Arizona
Mark and I spent a few days up in Flagstaff visiting Mark's mother and brother, and as a bonus we drove up to the Grand Canyon! This was an opportunity to finally work in the 5x8 watercolor Moleskine I bought a year and a half ago, before I discovered the joys of Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. I struggled with this book, not really wanting to commit to using it as my everyday Artist's Journal, because of its odd shape. Then I had the brilliant idea to reserve it for times where can really shine: the panoramic format. I had a blast tackling a part of the Grand Canyon here while my husband and his brother and elderly mother enjoyed the sight. The mid-day light was not optimal, but the shapes and colors are still fantastic. I was told that many children were curious about what I was doing.
I also kept up with the Every Day in May assignments, and it was serendipity in many cases as my mother-in-law has lots of stuff, lots of potential sketch subjects that fit in with each day's topic. I am also working in a new sketchbook, a Stillman & Birn Epsilon. It is fun to use, though certainly quite different than regular watercolor paper!
EDiM #13: Draw a Pillow
EDiM #14: Draw a figurine
EDiM #15: Draw a pencil
EDiM #16: Draw something that scares you
So I did something simpler to draw, yet also scary for me. As a child growing up in southern California and learning the scary power of waves to keep you underwater when you don't want to be, I still retain into middle age a fear of waves.
EDiM #17: Draw something from your first aid kit