Friday, 4 March 2011

Sketchbook class

I've had a few of my group ask if I could start a Sketchbook class. I decided rather than hold a workshop I'd form a sketchbook group where we meet for an afternoon at my house and everyone progresses at their own pace. I've had such a great response I've had to generate a weekday and a weekend group. Each will meet once a month, but it may develop into fortnightly get togethers depending on the response.
I've started to sort through some of my sketch books for reference and it was very interesting go back and see some of these.


I use an old ledger for some of my preliminary sketches. I often paint a wash for a background then work over the top, this eliminates the dreaded white page.


This same book also provides a testing place for my stamps.


You can see how I avoid using a white page. This is a photo album which works really well with uni-posca markers.


Another page in the album.



These are more pages in my latest book, I've finally accepted white pages.

If you care to join our sketching group just send me an email for details.



19 comments:

Healing Woman said...

These are all fabulous journal pages. They are so...you..so colorful and full of life.

ArtPropelled said...

The top daisy design would be great on a filmy sarong. Love the "testings" on the black page too.

Kathleen said...

Your pages are so colorful! I wish I could join your sketchbook class, but I'm a few oceans away from you! Maybe you could do an online class sometime...

Heather said...

If I was the right side of the world I'd sign up like a shot. Your sketchbook and album pages are a joy to see and will be so inspiring to your ladies. I know they'll all have a great time with you.

ju-north said...

Love these sketchbooks - I'll be with you in spirit!

sue said...

I love looking back at old art journals - they are a great reference and sometimes a bit of a surprise when you realise how far you have moved on from an original idea. It is great to revisit them. I like all your work here but I must say those minarets are especially intriguing - would make a great relief print!

Terri Kahrs said...

Vibrant, colorful and wonderful! LOVE your journal pages, Ro!!! Love the results of the Posca pens on the black photo paper too. So dramatic. The color just "pops". Wish I weren't 1/2 way across the world. I'd LOVE to sit in on your class! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Studio Sylvia said...

The black background works really well Ro - the perfect foil for your intense palette, providing a flat matte background, allowing the vibrancy to magnify.

kass hall said...

Ro I wish I had known about this, I would have loved to join!
I adore your journals and sketchbooks, I love seeing other people's books!

kass hall said...

I wish I had known Ro, I'd love to have joined your group!

JP said...

what lovely pages - the colours are so zazzy!

Diane said...

Great pages!! and also--great tips!

sammiam said...

sigh... ive successfully managed to jam pack my life so much that it is impossible to fit anything else in... oh how id love to spend a day a month (or even a fortnight) sketching with you....
once you get going, why not schedule a day down here sketching with your group(s)? lovely things to sketch on the peninsula ive heard!!! xoxox

Karen Cole said...

I am smiling this huge smile. Our posts are somehow in harmony. Color or black and white, sketching is a great way to help one loosen up the creative muscles.

I haven't forgotten the email regarding the silk and glue. Promise.

xo K

..and by the way, I would welcome a visit anytime. :-)...providing I am home of course.

bicocacolors said...

This sketchbook is a wonder, not how the work was finished but the sketch are spectacular!

Emma said...

I used to think sketching could only be on a pristine white page of a recognisable object, then I discovered stitching, mixed media & textiles thru w/s & CPS & blogging & realised it didn't have to be! I look back at my squares books with such, well, pride really & will be sketching right along with you ;)Thanks for the peek.

Elizabeth said...

OK this is the second time in the last ten minutes that i Have written the words "I so wish that I lived down underWhat a fabulous idea and generous suggestion on your part Ro!! Simply to be in the presence of your glorious work must be such a feast and treat!! Soon you will be so very busy with all of your art , working for ohters will be a very dstant memory!!! I bet they miss you tho!! Hugs!!

Maria said...

Really nice pages with the different samples, and the Russian skyline is gorgeous!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW magnificent vibrant compositions!
Thanks for sharing your inspiring pages.