Thursday, December 11, 2008
Scattered images on 11x14 Drawing paper
I spent some time drawing this afternoon. I really love to draw, and I haven't been taking the time to do it lately, and I miss it. So, I stood in the kitchen and drew some of the things I have sitting on the counter. Some fruit, and some nuts: almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, and I think there's one hazel nut in there. I always notice how nice things look on the counter, in the light of the window that is over the sink. I had an impulse to color in the apple, so I used some watercolor, but on the drawing paper, it didn't work out so well. It gave me a desire to spend some time using my watercolors again though. Maybe I'll do that. I haven't had time lately to sit down and oil paint. Maybe it's time for a change.
My favorite way to draw is to start with a lighter pencil, like an H, or HB. Then, once I've got most of the picture drawn, I use a kleenex to smear over the picture, spreading the graphite around, and making it cloudy looking. Then I use a nice sharp darker pencil to continue, and a kneaded eraser to make highlights.