January was a long month; trying to find items to do for a Sketch-a-Day Challenge over the 31-day month was challenging. That problem went away when I started doing sketches of tight crops of photos of water ripples.
For Day 16 I travelled from tropical Puerto Vallarta up to the frozen north. It was a very cold December in Vancouver with most of the ponds frozen over. The only exception was at the Lagoons, a couple of private ponds with underwater fountains that kept part of them ice-free. The birds in the neighbourhood had all gathered there and were happily splashing around.
I did a number of crops of various shots of the pond ripples which I then sketched.
Day 16 pencil sketch. I made notes on the side of the page saying, ‘Klimt, Munch, Japanese’, references to artists/paintings I wanted to check out. If you’re curious these were the search terms that I ultimately used to find work similar to mine: Klimt art, water, Attersea and Japanese woodcut art, ripples in pond.
Day 17 was another drawing of rippled reflections at the Lagoons again. I had intended to only add a bit of blue-green watercolour to the drawing but somehow ended up painting the whole thing.
Day 24 and I finally got back to the crow at the water’s edge. After doing a pencil sketch I add large dripping brushes of watercolour. The paper was so absorbent that it reminded me of painting on Chinese rice paper, a completely different experience than painting on European watercolour papers where the paint stays on the surface and the colours stay brilliant.Day 24 finished, water colour and acrylic ink.
This was Day 25, my last sketch of water ripples as in the process of drawing this one I became fascinated with the bark on the trees and headed off in a new direction.
An interesting article on photographing reflections on water: http://www.betterphotography.in/features/art-water/450/