Monday, June 18

MY GARDEN



Ta da!

Added colour to my pond sketch in the studio last night after taking mental notes on colour and reflection while in the garden yesterday.

I have to say I really enjoy using the Venezia sketchbooks and they look so pretty with their red, chequered covers. The paper receives ink well and watercolour remains bright after drying.
I have been using many different sketchbooks this summer, a sort of test to find their uses and disadvantages so I can perhaps select one and keep everything together working page to page from day to day, so far, I find myself steering between the Venezia and the Winsor & Newton heavyweight. The W&N takes everything I have thrown at it with ease but I like the texture in the Venezia for watercolours. Then there is the moleskin sketchbooks...Excellent to scan, lie nice and flat when working, a dream with coloured pencils but not so good for watercolour. I tried the large watercolour moleskin, I'm not so keen on the landscape format and didn't like using the brushpen and watercolour pencils in it much, the paper seemed to stain very easily, but just recently I used my pans in it and it was much better, nice infact!

Decisions, decisions!

For now, I shall feast among the varied haven of sketchbooks in my studio and just enjoy!

12 comments:

Nina Johansson said...

A very nice drawing, and the colours added make it even better! I like all the details, and the reflections in the water. Beautiful!

Lin said...

EXQUISITE, Anita!! I LOVE the statue too!

Joan said...

This looks wonderful with the color added. Lovely job!! I was interested in your sketchbook observations. I've used assorted sketchbooks & recently bought a tiny moleskin to keep in my purse. (I haven't used it yet.) Where did you get the Venezia sketchbook? It sounds interesting.

Lynn said...

Wow, this was fabulous without the color, but now it absolutely gorgeous.

phthaloblu said...

I can't say any more than I have already. I'm running out of adjectives! lol! Just beautiful, Anita, as always. Thanks so much for sharing your art, garden and your kno0wledge.

alteredtome said...

Lovely sketch and garden.

Chris

Anita said...

Thanx Nina!

Anita said...

Thanx Lin, he's a cutie isn't he!

Anita said...

Thankyou Joan.
I have added a link in the thread to the Venezia sketchbooks and the retailer I use online. ;)

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Lynn!

Anita said...

LOL...ThankYOU Sherie!

Anita said...

Thanx Chris!