It Was Inevitable!

Believe it or not, I am STILL finding / making / stealing the time to sketch every single day….but, as you can see, I have gotten a little behind on posting them here to my blog. Life does tend to happen and often interferes with even my best intentions, so I fell behind. It was inevitable that I would fall behind sooner or later. This isn’t likely the last time it will happen, I’m sure πŸ™‚

It’s been a super busy few weeks for me. As the Secretary (aka membership manager) for the Pencil Art Society, I have been hyper aware that the clock is ticking and membership renewals are due in June. Since 2013, I have been keeping track of the memberships manually — which means that every time someone joins PAS or renews their membership, I enter or update their information by hand into our Member Register spreadsheet. However, we’ve really grown over the past couple of years, and at over 250 names to keep track of now, we (the Board) feel it has finally become necessary to use a membership software program to help us manage things more efficiently and effectively.

As it turns out, implementing this new software is a bit easier said than done! LOL Long story short, a lot of my time this past month has been spent gnashing my teeth and yanking out my hair trying to get our chosen platform to work the way I want and need it to, all the while battling an ornery, obstinate and cranky computer that chugs along in its own sweet time. Finally I hubby decided that I would be much more pleasant to live withΒ  would get a lot more accomplished in a lot less time if we replaced our sluggish 10 year old desktop with a shiny new laptop. And so, we finally did … and after an entire week of backing everything up, installing programs, transferring files, setting up multiple emails, and familiarizing myself with windows 10, I am finally back to my usual non-teeth-gnashing, non-hair-yanking, joy-to-live-with self (just ask hubby!)! πŸ˜›

And so, with tardiness excuses out of the way, here are the last two weeks of March’s sketches.

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Because I have been so busy, most of the sketches during this time period were done pretty quickly, without a lot of attention to detail.

DSC 78 - from my own ref and imagination – coloured pencil and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

DSC 78 – from my own ref and imagination – coloured pencil and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

 

DSC 79 - from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 79 – from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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I spent a bit more time on this one, just exploring some thoughts about “connection”. This is a theme I feel very drawn to explore more seriously in future.

DSC 80 - from imagination – graphite 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 80 – from imagination – graphite 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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Next to no time was spent on this, perhaps 4 minutes. Just enough time to say I got my sketch in that day! Though I’d say this is more a doodle than a sketch! LOL

DSC 81 - from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 81 – from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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Finally a day with enough time to enjoy the creative process a bit more. Don’t really know where I was going with this, just playing really … and curious to see what incorporating Spirograph designs into a face would turn out like. I just love the idea and plan to explore it more.

DSC 82 - from imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

DSC 82 – from imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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Watercolour poppies … a very relaxing sketch and so much fun!

DSC 83 - from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

DSC 83 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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LOL I don’t know fox anatomy very well, so probably should have used a ref for this, but was too lazy to look for one.

DSC 83 - from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

DSC 84 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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Another quick little watercolour experiment.

DSC 85 - from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

DSC 85 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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Spent considerably more time on this and really enjoyed it.

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DSC 86 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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Another one that I spent more time on. I am really in love with this paper. Want to see if I can get it in a larger format, or possibly try some other tan toned papers.

DSC 87

DSC 87 – from my own ref and imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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Another very fast little 3 or 4 minute doodle.

DSC 88

DSC 88 – from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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I am very close to finishing my little Moleskine sketchbook … yay! I love completing sketchbooks! There’s just such a sense of accomplishment when I am able to close the binding for a final time on the very last sketch on the very last page! I have a couple of other Moleskines, but in the larger size, which is a bit inconvenient to carry around. And, to be perfectly honest, I am not fussy about this paper. It’s wonderful for ink … and is very nice for CP too … but it’s just a bit too slick for my liking for graphite. I like smooth paper for graphite, but this is almost a plate finish (well, not really, but it’s verrrrry smooth!) and I just don’t much like the way the graphite works on it. I’ve also been getting an urge to experiment with less smooth paper for graphite, perhaps even cold-pressed watercolour paper, and might explore this more in future.

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DSC 89 – from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

 

DSC 90

DSC 90 – from imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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I’ve drawn something similar to this little watercolour sketch a few other times, once as a serious coloured pencil drawing and a couple of times in graphite, but I have never been happy with the drawings . They’ve never turned out like I envision the image in my mind. I guess that’s why I keep attempting this little scene. It still isn’t what I am visioning in my head … and the colours are not at all what I was after … though they’re not so vivid in real life.

I am having quite some trouble adjusting colour in my images with this new laptop. I had a seriously good (and relatively new) monitor for my desktop that showed colours pretty much exactly as they are in life, but I am finding colours on this laptop a bit washed out, so I adjust them, but then they end up too vivid. Arrgghh! It’s driving me crazy! (yes, I keep telling myself to “Breeeeeeeeeathe!” Sometimes it works…other times, not so much! LOL) Anyway, I’m sure it will take some time getting used to … and in the meantime, please excuse if my images look a bit too contrasty or not contrasty enough. Will hopefully figure it all out soon! πŸ™‚

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DSC 91 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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Ugh! Don’t even ask what this was supposed to be! LOL

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DSC 92 – from imagination – watersoluble graphite and coloured pencil in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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This one was really kind of cool to work on and I spent quite a bit of time on it. The whole thing was very experimental. Wanted to play with smoke/fog, which didn’t turn out quite as smokey as I was going for, but I’m still happy with it. I wanted a very kind of grungy appearance for the smoke stacks, so worked graphite over a glaze of greyish green watercolour. I was very pleased with how they ended up.

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DSC 93 – from imagination – watercolour and in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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That’s it for now. I have another bunch of sketches from this first week of April that I haven’t had the time to photograph yet, but will try to catch up and get them posted by the end of the weekend … before I sink myself back into figuring out the PAS membership stuff again next week πŸ™‚

2 comments to It Was Inevitable!

  • Omgosh…glad you got your new laptop…it’s hard enough figuring out new programs but throw in dial up speed with it, I can see why you’d be pulling out your hair!!! And yet you still got in your drawing time…you’re amazing!!!

  • haha…thanks Kathryn! I can always count on you to say something encouraging!! Though I think I am just more stubborn than I am amazing!! πŸ˜€