One of my Art Goals for 2007 is to become more comfortable sketching human figures - especially hands. This week I pulled out some reference photos of ballet dancers and magazine advertisements showing hands and just played with them. The hands on the first dancer are so bad that I resketched them at the bottom of the page,
I'm such a novice with watercolors, that I am simultaneously trying to work with skin tones and shading so these sketches in my large watercolor Moleskine serve two purposes. My husband and I watch the Lehrer News Hour each night after I come home from work and that hour was a perfect time for one of these journal pages. I could listen, but not really watch the speakers. And then I had the rest of the evening to hand quilt a wedding quilt that is overdue (My oldest son was married in July 2004)! Too many baby quilts for my grandchildren kept getting in the way and I still have a wedding quilt for my other son who married in Oct 2005 on my list to be quilted.
The background on the pages looks muddier than in real life. I suspect that my scanner is picking up pencil that was used and poorly erased. I am one of the EDM group that does a quick preliminary sketch in pencil. Otherwise I don't think I would be able to make these learning experiences.