January 10, 2016
A more upbeat post than yesterday’s …
My drawing table is a large, oak, drafting table that I have set at a 30 degree angle that I find ideal for both sketching and laying in watercolor washes. My dilemma has been figuring out how to quickly and easily set up a few objects on the slanted table without them also being at a 30 degree angle, casting strange shadows and sliding down the slant of the table. The solution is so simple that I feel foolish having not thought of it before.
I tied a loop in both ends of a long string. Using “S-Biners” from Home Depot (the same kind I use for my ParaPainting setup) I hold a 3 1/2 inch binder in place by looping the string around my drawing table light and attaching each end to a ring with the “S-Biner” clips.
I started this study by laying in the shadows first, then adding only a few washes to define the shells as simply as I could while also capturing the character of the shells.