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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Old Courthouse, St. Charles, MO


Old Courthouse, St. Charles, MO
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor in Strathmore Visual Journal, 140-lb CP paper 
9" x 12" (23 x 30 cm)

I decided to sketch the Old St. Charles County Courthouse in St. Charles, Missouri while out with the St. Louis Drawing & Painting Meetup Group.  It was a cloudy, overcast day and a short glimpse of sun gave way to some dark ominous skies to the west, which eventually brought some bothersome raindrops to my outdoor sketching experience.  I quickly headed back to Picasso's Coffee and finished the painting inside while downing a hot cuppa.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Urban Sketching: Kirkwood Amtrak Station


Kirkwood Amtrak Station
©2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor in Strathmore Visual Journal (140-lb CP paper)
5" x 7" (13 x 18 cm)

I met up with the St. Louis Drawing & Painting Meetup Group at this month's Urban Sketching outing.  We sketched the historic and picturesque Amtrak train 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.  

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Urban Sketching: West Port Plaza


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...

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.