Evening Park Sketches

Summer will soon be coming to an end so I’m feeling compelled to do as much outdoor sketching as I can until it’s too darn cold (for me, which is anything below 60 degrees).  I’m mostly do this via my bicycle, filling a rear pannier with all my sketching tools & sketchbooks, and a handlebar bag with misc. items one needs for biking (I learned the hard way to never be without an extra tube, pump and tire levers for changing a flat).  Both panniers can be removed or put on in seconds so it’s easy to park the bike and take off the bag(s). 

Tonight I returned to St. James Park to sit by the water.  Something I do to help me get started if I’m feeling a bit unsure about just what to draw is to do a 15 minute sketch.  I just pick something and give myself at least 15 minutes to sketch it.  Never less; and only more if I’m motivated.  This is a helpful exercise as it keeps me from taking the sketch too seriously.  Below are three 15 minute sketches from this evening.

Looking east:


Looking west:

And behind me:


5 Responses to Evening Park Sketches
  1. Pedro Cabral
    August 17, 2006 | 2:20 am

    Great 15m sketches.
    Your water plans are always excelent.

  2. Cin
    August 18, 2006 | 6:55 am

    these are beautiful! I’m a bit stunned by how few lines are in these but yet so much is conveyed (and as I often feel like I’ve failed if I haven’t captured every little detail I’m appreciate the reminder that “less is more”!) I love your idea of alloting just 15 minutes and will give it a try, although the coloring afterwards (beautiful!) how long was that! 🙂

  3. Paula
    August 18, 2006 | 10:52 pm

    Thank you, Pedro.

    Cin: Thanks, m’dear! Yes, I, too get sometimes carried away with too much detail. It’s hard to know when you’ve crossed that line. Thanks for seeing that in these pieces. I’ll have to remember that as well! Oh, and as for the coloring, well, that’s the fun part, as you know. And there’re endless options of how to colorize the piece, too, when done via computer (layers). I enjoy that part much.

  4. Jana Bouc
    August 21, 2006 | 12:59 pm

    I agree about the less is more — you have such a wonderful ability to convey so much with so few–or just the right amount–of lines. But then when you go to paint digitally you have to remember (or create) the lighting without benefit of actually seeing it as you paint. So your visual memory must also be quite acute. The lighting in the sunset picture is just right and it’s a nice touch that the logo of the cafe in the window is a sun too.

  5. Paula
    August 21, 2006 | 10:22 pm

    Jana: You’re so kind! I appreciate all the comments you left. Just to let you know, many times I take notes, either on the sketch or foff to the side. giving me an indication of the colors. If there’s an orange or pink in the sky, I be sure and make a note of that somewhere so I don’t forget. So, my memories not so ‘cute’ after all. 🙂