Staying at Home 9 – Vegetable Beds

Watercolour and ink on paper

Yesterday it was both warm and cool enough to sit outside and sketch for half an hour. We haven’t had many of those and when the weather was right I have been busy gardening. The boards are there to try to keep the animals from digging.

Still #uskathome in St. Catharines.

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Staying at Home 8 – Humphrey

This is Humphrey. He is taking part in the local teddy bear hunt. Actually I am not sure that anyone else is playing but he has always been a very optimistic bear, ever since he was abandoned in a parking lot 60 years ago and was confident that he would find a home somewhere (he did).
I am not sure why he is wearing two sweaters, one made by my mother and another by me thirty years later, but it is still a little chilly around here, so maybe it is just as well.

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Staying at home 5

#uskathome Ink, watercolour and gel pen

Another view of a window.
I hadn’t intended to include the dog but she insinuated herself. Lighting changed from overcast (with thunder) to bright sunshine while I was sketching.
I would like to thank urban sketcher Steven Reddy for his excellent tutorials. They have helped me enormously to loosen up and sketch without needing everything to be perfect.
This one is actually almost identical to another I did about a year ago. I guess I am running out of things to paint, or at least things to paint with a comfortable place to sit  while I do it.

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Staying at home 4

#uskathome Ink, watercolour and gel pen.

Unlike dogs who can rest immobile for hours, cats are rarely still for more than a few minutes, even when they are asleep. Marigold is feeling very pleased with herself because she finally figured out how to use the cat door. I have no idea what took her so long as she has been know to make her own exit when none was available (hole in screen door, twice, escape through ceiling at vet’s office). Here she is taking a break from her adventures.

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Staying at home 2

Pen and ink and watercolour.
Too much back-light for me to show this with the subject, so you will just have to take my word for it. The four hibiscus plants live in this window all winter. At least one of them is 20 years old. I prune the roots as well as the tops every couple of years, so they are effectively bonsaied. It won’t be long now before I can put them out on my porch.

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Still Life

Artist Steven Reddy is a member of the Urban Sketchers group and also teaches a couple of online courses through Bluprint (aka Craftsy).
I find his technique interesting but have never had the courage to adopt his quirky, almost cartoonish style. However, I do find that there is something liberating about using these direct pen contour lines, with little or no preliminary drawing. Perspective isn’t always accurate and shapes are sometimes a bit skewed, but the finished result makes for a strong, illustrative drawing.

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