Back to Stone Hall this Friday. I’d thought about going to the great Catholic cemetery on Hermitage Avenue but the trees weren’t at their Autumnal peak yet. Plus, by the time I got back the traffic would be bad. That is something for a day when I get out of the house early. Leaving the house to have lunch at 2 puts a kink in sketching, especially when the sun sets by 5:45.
I walked around looking for a place to sketch and decided to do the front view as I’d considered the first time. I had to use a little bit of the panorama feature to get in all that I saw.
With sketching, you can get in more than a photo can see.
You also don’t have to treat it like a photo – you can highlight what you want, and leave out what you don’t.
Watercolor pencils on Strathmore mixed-media mini-journal. Around 3:30 to 4:30, 69 degrees.
I have decided to go sketch outside once a week (at least).
This is my first trip. It was Friday October 10/6/17
This was at Stone Hall park, a tiny Metro park near my home. It was a private residence that was built 1918.
I found a little porch where I could sit.
Here is the dry watercolor pencil version. This took an hour.
Here it is after I added water.
A lady named Julie came by and unlocked it. She was cleaning it up for a wedding that afternoon. I asked if I could go in. She said yes. I couldn’t believe my luck.
I’ve made up so many excuses to skip doing this for at least a year. It was too hot or cold or sunny or wet or I was tired or needed to go to the bathroom or take leftovers home….and while some of these were applicable here, I went anyway because I had packed my supplies and a camp chair in my car. I thought it would be a shame to not at least go and look. I ended up spending over an hour here. It was very invigorating.
Here is me inside the building.