Chicago is sitting in the middle of a wet pattern. It has been raining for 2 straight days and no end in sight for at least another 24 hours. Remnants of Hurricane Ike that hit Texas a few days ago is pushing humid, rainy weather up our way. I’m not complaining because 3 days of rain is nothing compared to what the people of Texas had to face as a full force hurricane. My prayers are with them.
Will a little rain stop our painting? OF COURSE NOT!
Some of your best work can be accomplished during adverse weather. Let the limited sunlight and gloomy colors challenge you to reach a better level as an artist. Here is a sketch I did Friday of a tree outside my work. I was on my lunch, so I only had 30 minutes to complete.
For this sketch I had my travel Winsor and Newton watercolor kit, black micron pens, and my hard cover sketchbook. For my technique, I like to draw the subject first with the micron pen and then add watercolors later. You can do it any way you wish.
This sketch is of a tree outside my work. You may think the orange is the evidence of autumn, but it is not. I thought so too, but upon closer examination, the color you see is beetle damage:
Here is the work of a very bad beetle. The top is an actual leaf I taped in my sketchbook and the bottom is a slightly larger watercolor version.
Fascinatingly beautiful but devastatingly destructive.