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Final January Sketches

Here are the last of the sketches I did during January. I created several on the 25th to make up for missing other days. Click on images for a larger view.

For the word prompt ‘selfie’

For the next few sketches I selected my own subjects from around the house. This pin cushion is dear to me because my friend Susan made it for me.

I had a single stem of anthurium for several weeks in January and it begged to be sketched.

Another fun evening of doodling.

Another angle on the anthurium.

The word prompt ‘landscape’ inspired this sketch.

And finally, the word prompt ‘glass’ gave me an opportunity to sketch a favorite rooster. This colorful piece is perched on my kitchen counter and always brings a smile to my face. This is my first two-page spread, a sort of break through for me. This guy just seemed to demand it.

So, that’s a wrap. I enjoyed the sketching I did in January. And though I had hoped that it would create a new habit for me, I did fall off the wagon in February. However, I will go back to sketching here and there. Meanwhile, I have fiber art that I’ve created and more fiber work in mind. I’ll keep you posted here.

8 Techniques, Page 2

Skidding to the finish line of this week, I have completed a second page using the 8 techniques of focus in Jane’s Sketching & Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal class. A week always seems like plenty of time to complete several pages for one lesson. The problem is that I’ve never mastered the art of knowing the difference between understanding the lesson and accurately calculating the amount of time it will take me to master the lesson. Note to self: Just keep doing the best you can.

For this page I chose to use birds as the subject. I gathered a few of my collection

Franki Kohler, a few birds

and got started. For technique 1 I used a pin cushion made of cotton fabrics; for technique 2 I used one made of upholstery fabric — hence the rounded beak. I’ve completed using 7 of the 8 techniques here.

Franki Kohler, Lesson 4, page 2 in progress

For the 7th technique, we draw and ink on a book page, then glue it to the journal page and add watercolor. My eye fell upon Raven’s Wing, a book of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. I’ve read enough of her work to know that I won’t be reading this one again. A page from the title short story was perfect for this page.

The last technique — tissue overlay — took me quite a while. I needed to select the birds to use, determine their size and orientation, decide on the position on the page. So many decisions! Finally it came together.

Franki Kohler, Lesson 4, page 2

Whew, done. The next lesson starts today.

To see the first page using these techniques, click here. You can see what happened in Lesson 1 here, Lesson 2 here and here.