Monday I took a little informal "Travel Sketchbook Workshop" in Healdsburg given by Joanne Taeuffer. Several friends of hers are traveling to Italy next month and they wanted to chronicle their travels with a sketchbook-travelog. So I joined in!
When you walk into Joanne's beautiful home you are met with this.....
|A Cowgirl (Joanne) with guns raised and attitude!|
Please check out her site at -
You will be amazed!
There is a certain excitement in trying to capture the energy in a quick gestural sketch.
Definition of SKETCHY
1: of the nature of a sketch : roughly outlined
Joanne was very organized with supplies and several of her own sketchbooks to use as examples. She had reference books and props to get us started.
We began with black & white - pencils & pens.
But I jumped ahead to color a little too soon because I just couldn't resist not making that tube of lipstick pink.
Then we moved on to color - watercolor. Not my thing. But I did try.
|Watercolors in stick form|
Joanne had some great examples to share.
|I really love this one!|
It is so the opposite of oil & acrylic painting. You really need to focus on going from light to dark and if you happen to make a mistake - new page - no going over it with new paint!
Hannah's beautiful attempt at a California Poppy growing in the yard.
I attempted Joanne's little studio cottage in her backyard but my painting turned out like a Frank Zappa Fiesta Pizza run over by a car. Not showing you that one!
|The shady little park square|
After lunch, we strolled down to Healdsburg square to sit in the dabbled shade and sketch people walking by. Only problem was.....they moved! So Joanne was a sport and did several short poses for us.
|Laurie & Hannah sketching Joanne|
|Just a 2 minute light-dark composition|
|I like my various shades of gray, a good camera.....|
|.....and to travel light.|
A variety of pages from my sketchbook done in France.
It was a fun day and I truly hope Hannah continues with her artwork as she has a great eye for proportion with both buildings and people. For a lot of artists that takes a lot of time to develop!
And on a final note, I hope you take the time (one minute) to watch this guy paint - FAST!
“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” - Richard Moss