Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Another trip to the nature center
This week I drew more trees and Jonas and I went to the nature center.
My skills with birds still leaves much to be desired. Especially since I really enjoy painting birds. I drew the owl in pencil then added Crayola washable watercolors at home while making art with my 2 year old. I am beginning to realize that working with washable watercolors, well, sucks. I need to make myself a small palate of real watercolors to work with while I'm with the kiddos. Trying to build layers with a medium that washes away when it gets even slightly wet is very frustrating.
After we drew animals indoors we went outside and I sat on a rock and tried to capture the various textures of bark on these trees. But by this time J had had enough of my boring drawing business and was ready to run around, not sit still. You can see the lines of frustration as I tried to convince him to just give me a few more minutes. Rushing and frustration did not help this drawing at all.
Today at the playground he was more patient with me. I decided to challenge my fear of leaves and actually go for a leafy tree instead of the half dead ones I usually favor. My pencils were all dull and I've lost my pocket-knife so I went with a fine-tipped sharpie pen and it worked out ok. I'm not much of a cross-hatcher usually, so it was fun to play with a different technique.