Monday, October 29, 2012

new mexico in watercolor

confronted by the complexities of the landscape in abiqui, new mexico, the first exercise suggested by meredith nemirov our instructor was to do a contour drawing.

on a page folded into quarters, we began on one segment, drawing the contours of the landscape without lifting the pen, moving from one panel to the next, confronting one segment of landscape at a time. small steps.

my drawings didn't strictly follow the rules - i lifted the pen frequently - but i became enamored of the technique. the intricacies of the landscape, decrypted into simple line, became my way of seeing all week.

the line work prepared me well for...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

the sky

this is the sky that brought me home from new mexico

a bit of new mexico, more to come

spent a week at ghost ranch, where georgia o'keeffe lived, at a watercolor painting workshop. the sky was cobalt, the cottonwoods cadmium yellow.

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