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December Bell Museum of Natural History Sketch Night

December 3, 2010

The post shows one of my spreads and info about the event as well as a like to other work created that night by me and others.

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Above: My third and final page spread for the evening. I wanted to work fast, and I was faced with a darkly painted page spread (I pre-paint my pages sometimes weeks before I arrive at them; this page was originally prepainted with left over fluid acrylic paint from another painting session). I pulled out my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and did a very speedy sketch, painting in the shadow of the whelk with a bit of gouache. When I got home last night I used titanium white and anthraquinone blue (my beloved PB60) from Golden Fluid Acrylics, to paint in the surrounding background and better isolate the whelk from the background. What you see inside the shape of the shell is the original background texture I haven't covered. I also put a bit of acrylic paint over the opposite page. This journal is one I made with Folio paper. It's about 8 x 8 inches square.

Last night was the third Bell Museum Sketch Night. Despite the cold temperatures about 13 or 14 people showed up to sketch "Sea Creatures" and other Bell Museum attractions.

I didn't get photos of everyone's work, but what I did capture is over at Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities "December Sketch Night at the Bell Museum of Natural History." You can also see the first two page spreads I made last night, which are both sea turtle studies, at that link (at the bottom of the post.)

I hope that you will join us on Thursday, January 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme will be BIRDS! (Be still my heart.)

  1. “not lawrence” ROFL!!!

  2. Reply

    jeanette, glad you enjoyed that, wish you could have heard the conversation topics. Now those were funny!

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