Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it! ... Robert Motherwell
"All great art is expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own." John Ruskin

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Moleskine & Oh, Peacock Feathers!

Oh, Peacock Feathers!
WC, 5 x 16

I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through many artist's blogs and websites and viewing their watercolor sketchbooks. So much so, that I have been "bitten by the sketch bug"! So, yesterday my 4 (yes, 4) Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbooks arrived and like a child in a candy store, I immediately began the task of filling it up. So much fun! and the pressure to perform with perfection was not present at all. As you see here, my first sketch is that of a peacock. The paints I used were from my Sakura Koi Pocket Field Box. Of course the whole thing was experimental.... my first impression of the paper in the Moleskine is not real good, but I'll keep experimenting. The Koi paints also are not my favorite, but I do like their intensity. I'm just not used to working with pan paints. More experimentation is called for.

I also ordered a 3 x 5 Moleskine Daily Planner, specifically for the purpose of "re-loading" it. I've never done any bookbinding before, but Martha at Trumpetvine Travels has inspired me with her sketchbooks and complete instructions to "re-loading these little Moleskines with watercolor paper. I'll let you know how it all turns out, once I find the time to give it a try.

Well, off to Bible study and then to my watercolor class this afternoon!!!! Have a wonderful day!


PG said...

Ah, Moleskine paper is not at all good for watercolour, but is is wonderful for sketching in pen/ink and pencil. I love Moleskines, and never carry anything else- not that I'm a snob or anything ;)

Leanna said...

Thank you, PG, for the comment. Yeah, I figured with the weight of the paper it would not be the best. But for sketching and light washes it will do for now. Great paper or not, it does make me want to sketch and paint I said in my post, less pressure! Just plain fun!

ParisBreakfasts said...

You look way more oganized than I am Leanna.

Leanna said...

Carol, I told you about "toting"...and one MUST be organized to tote those heavy loads. :) When do we leave?

Serena said...

Hi Leanna, glad to see you posting on the EDM group. LOVE your blog!