Friday, July 8, 2016

Small Blessings

Small details can make such a huge difference. I continue to study botanical drawing techniques and I often pause in wonder at the process. I love the subject matter. I love working with flowers. I love spending time outside in the garden or just walking. It all seems such a blessing to take this study time. I am still experimenting with both coloured pencil and watercolour. The coloured pencil process is easiet to control although much more time consuming than watercolour. I recently learned the difference between a sharp pencil and truly sharp pencil. I purchased a Rapesco pencil sharpener and was thrilled with how much better it was than my electric sharpener.
The sharpener has quirks. It doesn't particularly like thinner pencils and will break those leads quite easily. But the handle can be removed and the broken lead can easily be cleaned out. The polychromos pencils are my favourite for coloured pencil work. I spent some time getting them all properly sharpened.
Today is packing day for IAMPETH. I usually take packing days as a little break from my normal routine. Today after packing my bags, I spent some time sketching a pansy in one of my garden containers.
They look like they would be a simple subject, but the colour variations are incredibly complex. I need to spend more time working on my sketch but I was blessed with the company of one of our garden chipmunks.
He visited me faithfully as I sketched until all of the peanuts were gone! When he doesn't have peanuts...I suspect he is one of the culprits eating my geraniums and pansies. But he is forgiven. I enjoyed spending time just working on stome study pages with no clear goal in mind.Although I wasn't really happy with the pansy page, I was happier with the red currant study page in my Stillman and Birn journal.
Cherish your summer and the blessings each day will bring to you.


Jennifer Gregory Miller said...

Have a wonderful time at IAMPETH!

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thank you Jennifer!!!!!!