Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Contributor Introduction - Sandy







This is my first contribution to the Sketching in Nature group and I'd like to introduce myself. The main medium I've worked in for many years is gouache. For a full size painting (a full sheet of watercolor paper) I spend anywhere from six to ten weeks. For some of my botanical studies, done strictly from life, I work off and on during the plant's life cycle and if I happen to miss a phase I put the painting away until that phase comes around the next year. Needless to say, after doing that for many years I began to look around for an alternative way to record the things around me that didn't require such a committment of time. That's when I was lucky enough to run across Kate's watercolor pencil workshop in early 2008. I will never give up gouache because I'm an addict when it comes to detail, but I've also developed a love of watercolor pencil and pen and ink. I had to give up art entirely for well over a year because of near blindness, and as my vision began to return and I reconnected to the internet, what was one of the first things I ran into? -- Kate's Journaling class! What an inspiration she and my classmates have been. Starting January 1st, 2010, I began a journal dedicated to nature subjects and these three images are selections from it. I've enjoyed browsing through all your posts here and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

12 comments:

  1. Welcome Sandy, I'm rather new too; I've visited your website and your work is amazing! Thank God you got your vision back and can continue with your art...

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  2. Sandy,

    Lovely drawings. It is so nice to see you hear.

    I think maybe a blog should be your next endeavor (she said selfishly),

    xoxo

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  3. Should be here, not hear (she said with a red face)

    xoxo

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  4. Welcome Sandy. Beautiful sketches.

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  5. I'm so glad to have you with us, Sandy...I'm delighted you're sharing these wonderful images.

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  6. Beautiful! These are exquisite.

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  7. Welcome to the group. These sketches are really lovely.

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  8. Please to met you! I like your botanical sketches!
    Welcome Sandy!

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  9. hi sandy guess who am i i can tell you i was your school friend and also the strongest in the class.
    i am posting this as an anonymous if you guess me mail it on apoorva_tandon@yahoo.in i ll never tell u my name until u guess even my id is of not my name.

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