Sketching in the Holy Lands

I’m trying to document my trip to the holy lands in my sketchbook. I brought 2 sketchbooks with me. I have a small one with 60 pages where I can write notes and do quick sketches on the go. My second book is a larger, 5.5” x 8.5”, extra heavy weight mixed medium pad. I’ve also been taking photos so I can use them as a reference for later. This sketch is called Herodian. The site is currently under excavation. Herodian is Herod‘s palace that he erected on top, and inside, inside a man made mountain. I sketched this from photo references.

Herodian, sketch book entry. 8.5” x 11”

Painting from a Live Model

I’ve started painting from live models on Thursdays. This week’s model looks beautifully exotic! She will be coming back next week for a second sitting, giving me the opportunity to finish it up. I don’t know if I’ll make the time to work on the painting at my home studio before then. I like where it is going.

Watercolor of a Goose family

I took a photo in early summer when the goslings are seen in groups with their families. I completed this watercolor last week. I posted two photos of this painting. The first is the full painting. The second is cut down, changing the focus from the family to the young goslings. I haven’t decided on which way to frame it yet. I’m leaning towards the second, cut down version. Any thoughts? I also still need to come up with a name.

cut down version of full water color