Sketching with an Attitude

February 2, 2011

The full post is a look at a quick sketch and a growing attitude.

Above: journal spread from a recently completed journal with a spread measurement of 16 inches x 10 inches, which I made with a now defunct drawing paper.

Often prepainted pages, when I come upon them in my journals, are an excuse for me to slow down and take more time and do a more involved painting or drawing. Get out the studio paints, stop thinking about production. But still faster than getting out stuff to do a painting outside of the journal.

Well for this January journal there were too many demands on my time and I found I skipped over three such painted pages. I had to come back to them at the end of the journal's life. For the most part this was a happy accident. Here, well, let's just say I'm attitudinal. I hadn't sketched all day and a bird walked across the TV screen while I was eating my dinner.

I put my meal aside and did a memory drawing (that's where the attitude comes in; I had no intention of going naturalistic), using a Faber-Castel Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen.

The lettering was outlined with the same pen, filled with Payne's Gray gouache (M. Graham) which happened to be out on the palette and I knew it would hold up to the background, and then when dry, outlined with a gold gel pen. The background had been prepainted with fluid acrylics diluted and sprayed over a stencil.

So if you're new to the blog there's something you need to know—most of my bird sketches are self-portraits.


  1. Reply

    roz-love your self portrait. i have some days when i’m just like that-yesterday was one. feb first-blah!

    • karen
    • February 2, 2011

    Oh it’s just wonderful!

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