September Sketch Project – Week 1

Well, as it turns out, life didn’t suddenly become as quiet and peaceful as I’d hoped and anticipated it would this past week, and so I just barely managed to squeeze my daily sketches in.  And since my weekend thus far has been busy, and most especially since this is supposed to be a FUN, NON-stressful project for me, I didn’t force myself to find the time to do my sketches yesterday or today.

I must admit, I am finding myself lacking the inspiration to sketch trees. I think because I am just tired from being so busy lately. It’s not like I am lacking for sketch subjects either, as I have only to look outside and there they are! Trees! But the weather here has been horrendously hot (up to 40C) this past week, which has put rather a damper on my desire to get outside for a walk to the park to sketch, and the trees right outside my window are almost too close to allow for decent perspective, and so, for the most part, my sketches this week have been mostly the result of using my own photos for reference. All except the acorn, which I did sketch from life. We’d been for a walk a couple of weeks ago once again to the Governor General’s park-like estate, where visiting foreign dignitaries have planted many trees over the past several decades. The acorn I sketched fell from the Red Oak that had been planted by Jackie Kennedy in 1961!

All the acorns that dropped from the Red Oak tree planted by Jackie Kennedy.

All the acorns that dropped from the Red Oak tree planted by Jackie Kennedy.

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Anyway, here are my sketches for this week. Am hoping to have a bit more leisure time for more detailed sketches next week.

Sept 1 - 20 minutes - acron sketched from life

Sept 1 – 20 minutes – acorn sketched from life

Sept 2 - 40 minutes - sketched from my photo of a twig with water droplets

Sept 2 – 40 minutes –  twig with water droplets, from my own photo ref

Sept 3 - 30 minutes - watercolour pencils with water from my own photo ref

Sept 3 – 30 minutes – watercolour pencils with water, from my own photo ref

Sept 4 - 30 minutes - very rough sketch using black coloured pencil from my own photo ref

Sept 4 – 30 minutes – very rough sketch using black coloured pencil, from my own photo ref

Sept 5 - 10 minutes - quick sketch of crab apple tree in winter - from my own photo and imagination

Sept 5 – 10 minutes – quick sketch of crab apple tree in winter, from my own photo and imagination

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