If you have been following my blog for a year or more, you know that I still have at least two dozen (I started with sixty-six) sketchbooks that have not been completed for one reason or another. Many of them were started as far back as the 70’s. This morning I grabbed the green one with the odd-textured, fibrous paper that hadn’t worked well for watercolor. It was the sketchbook I brought with me on my first adventure in Provence in 2008. Not a good choice. Never a good idea to bring along a new sketchbook without trying ink and watercolor on the pages BEFORE packing it in my suitcase.
Sometimes, more often than I like to admit, it’s the technique and not the paper that is the problem. Now that I have almost filled the sketchbook that brought a grimace to my face each time I forced myself to use it, I found that if I use more pigment and less water, the paper behaves beautifully. I thought I had already tried that….. Sometimes the morning gives me a gift, especially when the day ahead is filled with paperwork and the need to catch up before I head out of town again. I am sooooo frustrated that I won’t be able to set up my workspace for painting my latest Provence experience until early August. Until then, it’s a quick sketch while waking up with a cup of coffee.
Ink drawing with watercolor washes – Color Scheme: Analogous with one complement using a limited palette.