I met up with the St. Louis Drawing & Painting Meetup Group at this month's Urban Sketching outing. We sketched the historic and picturesque Amtraktrain station in Kirkwood, Missouri. There were so many people out on this beautiful early fall morning; people walking dogs, shopping, and attending a nearby farmer's market across the street. Several trains (both freight and passenger) moved through the station area while we sketched; the freight trains operated at deafening levels and seemed to take forever to pass by. But very cool nonetheless.
I had intended to substitute out a few paints in my kit (Quin Gold & Hematite Burnt Scarlet) before heading out to the event, but forgot in my haste to get out the door on time. Both of these pigments work well on my larger palette, but I feel that I like the weak opacity of a true raw sienna when I'm sketching on location, as I use it a lot for rendering stone, masonry, etc. I have been experimenting with Quin Gold as a substitute for Raw Sienna, but again, seem to be preferring the Raw Sienna.
On-location sketching with the St. Louis Drawing and Painting Meetup Group at West Port Plaza in St. Louis.
Both sketches are in my Strathmore Visual Journal (140-lb CP paper) and are approximately 5.5" x 7" (14 x 18 cm).
In both sketches, I'm experimenting with some new Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold as a substitute for Raw Sienna. I love the pigment, but I think it's perhaps used best to charge in some warmth rather than in large washes. Will continue to experiment...
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...!
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.
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.