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Saturday, August 22, 2015

First Street Alley


First Street Alley
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
in handmade sketchbook,
6.75" x 10.25" (17 x 26 cm)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Morning at the Lake



Morning at the Lake
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb paper in handmade sketchbook, 
6.75" x 10.25" (17 x 26 cm)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

St. Charles - Main & First Capitol


St. Charles - Main & First Capitol
(c)2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb paper in handmade sketchbook, 
6.75" x 10.25" (17 x 26 cm)

I sketched this on location while sitting in direct sun on a hot, humid day.  I'm starting to realize how much Urban Sketching can be an endurance sport!  I liked the angle from which I sketched this scene, but next time I'll scope out a shadier spot...!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Plein Air Painter



The Plein Air Painter
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor on Arches 300-lb CP paper
10.75" x 14.25" (27 x 36 cm)

I've had the pencil drawing for this painting on watercolor paper since 2011.  I ran across it again the other day and decided to finish the painting.  This painting is based on a photograph I took while I was out painting with the Missouri Plein Air Painters Association (MOPAPA) in July of 2011.  The base drawing for this piece is based on a value sketch I made from the photo.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sketching the Sketchers


Sketching the Sketchers
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor and Micron pen in Moleskine sketchbook
5" x 16.5" (13 x 42 cm)

I attend life-drawing sessions every so often to work on my observational and figure-drawing skills, but I've always drawn the model--never considering that I could draw the people who are drawing the model. So, my goal was to do just one drawing during the evening and try to sketch the sketchers--to capture those who were intent on drawing the model.  At the beginning, I was unsure what sketchbook/format would work best; I finally decided on my watercolor Moleskine since I felt a panoramic format would work best.  I first roughed in the figures in pencil, then followed up with a Pigma Micron 03 pen; watercolor washes followed.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Olive Garden



Olive Garden
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor and pencil on
Strathmore 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper
in Strathmore Visual Journal sketchbook
9" x 12" (23 x 30 cm)
Sketched on location in Richmond Heights, Missouri.  I sketched this scene during lunch while sitting in my car in a parking lot across the street from the restaurant.  The weather was warm but, with the windows down, there was enough of a breeze to keep things comfortable.   

Sunday, August 09, 2015

West Port Plaza


West Port Plaza
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor and Micron pen on 
Strathmore Gemini 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper
in handmade sketchbook
6.75" x 10.25" (17 x 26 cm)

West Port Plaza is a mixed-use retail, entertainment, and office development in Maryland Heights, Missouri.  Lots of great restaurants here.  Normally, the Plaza is a busy, bustling place; however, during the hot & humid afternoon while I sketched this, the plaza was nearly empty.  Too early for evening dining, I suppose people were either out doing their back-to-school shopping or staying in where it was cool; not sitting on a park bench sweating and sloshing paint around as I was...  :)