This past Sunday, I went to Montrose beach to do some sketching.
Compared to other beaches, this wasn’t as scenic as I expected, maybe due to the cooler weather, not many people were out.
But I still had a good time just being out there for drawing and getting familiar with my tools. For my outdoor drawing, I’ve been using pencils and pastels for two reasons. They are easy to carry and I already had a whole bunch of them.
I started out the sketch of an artist making water color painting with a nice beach background, but after smearing and reapplying multiple times on the same spot, I took away the artist and all the other details. I forgot how impossible it is to render details with pastels! It’d be good for impressionistic drawing. So after much endeavor, I came up with this.
Not proud of it, but the fact that I finally started drawing again, I know I’m on a good note. And it wasn’t a total waste of time, because I experimented different techniques about pastels, on which I still need more practice until I get a better result.
On my way back, I saw the beautiful Chicago skyline. It would be perfect if I can stop in the middle of the road to sketch and paint. Since that will never happen, I took a mental snapshot.
And I was thinking water color would be perfect medium for this view. Then I started comparing artists in my mind based on how I think they use their medium.
Water colorist would be the smartest because they have to plan before layering the colors and variation of color due to the wetness of the brush. They must have a picture in their mind and knows every step from the start.
Oil painters are perfectionists because they make the painting look so realistic and dimensional.
People who are good at drawing or enjoy drawing are great observers.
I don’t know why all of a sudden I come with these theories about artists. I wonder if you can understand/judge people by their trades. It’s a good thought, right?