Friday, October 17, 2014

Busy, busy, BUSY!

I have been notably absent from this blog lately, and I miss it!


One VERY pleasant reason for my absence has been one of our glorious fishing trips to the Ozarks last month, a few days after my last entry.  Joseph fishes and I sketch like mad...17 pages, in all, this time!  Can't wait to go back for one more sketchathon this year...

I always seem to sketch this little tower...

Whoops, my ink was water-soluble, so I switched to straight watercolor.

My dad used to stand on the dam and fish--as many people do.  It's mossy and slick and the water rushes over it, and I have YET to see anyone fall!  This one was painted directly, without graphite or ink.

Lovely old stonework all over in Bennett Spring...

My terrific little walker-studio lets me go anywhere I want, to work...it's more comfortable than this bench, actually!

And since we got home, I've been working like crazy on the upcoming North Light book...27 other artists involved in this one, all of them amazing, and I'm getting some exciting stuff in my Drop Box.  The challenge is using it in the best possible place, and putting one more bit IN when it comes in after I've already "finished" the appropriate chapter!

I'll be sharing bits and pieces here, as I go...lovely on-the-spot work!

20 comments:

  1. Hi just reading your blog on my ipad lying in bed in Taupo New Zealand. Great sketches. Quick question do you make up you sketch book or can you buy journals with art paper I haven't seen any here.

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    1. I usually make my own, Wendy, sorry! I do like Stillman & Birn journals though, when I don't have my own.

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  2. Thank you Cathy for sharing those beautiful pages! Your work is so inspiring !!!
    Your little falls full of moss look real ! Wish I was able to paint water like you do.

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    1. Thank you, I've had lots of practice right there...one of my favorite places, Martine!

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  3. Anxiously awaiting your new book!!

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  4. What is this sketchbook? One you made? Love the deckled edges. Nice Post!

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    1. Yes, one of my handmade ones. I really like having a variety of papers!

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  5. I find water is one of the hardest things to paint. I don't expect to be able to do people well right off the bat, but I never thought water would be so hard.

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    1. It is a bit tricky! Fun, though...I just try to remember to make a big enough wash before jumping in.

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    2. :-). Thank you for the models here!

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  6. Beautiful watercolours. The water is perfect.

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  7. Regarding the Stillman & Birn journals, do you like the Beta series for watercolor?

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  8. This would be enough to keep an artist like you very, very busy--LOL! What beautiful sketches. :)

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    1. Trying to slow down and simplify, Rita! NOT my best trick...

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  9. I've missed seeing your blog posts pop up in my inbox, Kate! But this one showed up at just the right time. This has been a particularly stressful week for me, and seeing your beautiful sketches gave me a moment's peace and rest. Your work is so inspiring. I especially love the first painting of the woods. I live in suburbia now, but I grew up in the foothills of Upstate NY--back in the days when kids were free to roam the woods without fear. Your painting took me right back there. I wish I could sketch a memory this beautiful and meaningful. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Susan...I've missed having the time, feeling a bit overwhelmed myself. I hope life calms down for you, too.

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  10. I see you use watercolors and aqua pens for your sketches in your journal. I love the way they look. I have usually used graphite or oil pastels. I need to be brave and try watercolors. I just found your blog, i love it.

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