Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A day in the country--Paula in VA

Our sketching group visited a member's farm on Saturday. It is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and was lovely. We shared sketches/tools/ideas inside for a while (the Ball jar was sitting on the table so I sketched it while we talked), then went outside to sketch.

Some of the inhabitants of the farm.

They raise miniature donkeys at the farm and they were so cute! 
These sketches are in a handmade journal and it's falling apart. I guess it wasn't made to take the abuse my sketchbooks get. The paper is lovely to paint on but it bleeds through to the next page so I've decided to paint on every other spread and when I'm done, glue the blank pages together. That way I not only get rid of the bleed-through problem, but also finish the book faster so I can move on to a better one. I'm going back to the tried and true Moleskines.


  1. What a wonderful day, Paula! I LOVE the Ball jar...can't tell you how many of those I've filled...

  2. Great sketches and lovely memories Paula! and I agree about the Moleskine, nothing better!

  3. Thanks everyone. It was a fun day--and we've been invited to come back to sketch there anytime. Kate, the Ball jar was done with your favorite indigo watercolor pencil. It was perfect for this sketch. thanks for the recommendation!

    1. It really worked for you! You made me miss my chickens, too...and now I want to go back out to Watkins Mill and sketch their heirloom chickens!


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