The assignment for my journal was to go outside and draw, again using the same subject in different media. In 1989 I was in Arizona visiting my parents. So I drew what was in their yard (of stones, not grass)–which was cactus. In 2014, it’s autumn in New York, so what do I see in the natural world when I go out? Lots and lots of leaves.
I think the pencil drawings both turned out OK, although I wrote “too timid” on my page in 1989. As I’ve noted before, my drawing style has not really changed over the years.
I was not an experienced watercolorist in 1989 either, and it shows. But the abstraction of the cactus is kind of interesting. I’ve been painting a lot more recently, plus I’m sure I just used one of those little paint boxes in 1989 instead of dyes or tubes, so the leaves are a lot more successful. Still abstracted, though.
I must have gotten tired by the time I got to the colored pencil cactus drawing in 1989. The background is bizarre for one. Although the cactus itself is not bad; I should have stopped there.
I did two versions of leaves, and this is the second, which I like better because it’s bolder. Also I did the first one on the same day as the black pencil and watercolor versions and I definitely was tired. I’m liking what I can do with colored pencils–these are different than the “in the news” drawings I’ve been doing, and I think I’ll explore some more with this layering of colors.
I have various configurations of family visiting for the next 10 days, so…Happy Thanksgiving, I’ll be back in December.