Just a little afternoon sketch of the paintbox on my desk. I haven’t done much sketching from life for a while, so I thought I’d warm up by painting something (literally) very close to home. I’m also trying to get quicker at sketching, so I’ve had a go with an old set of watercolour pencils that have been knocking about in my studio for ages. The paint set is a new(ish) Schiminke watercolour box that I treated myself to, after completing my teacher training. I’ve used the original Schiminke watercolours for the paint pans, watercolour pencils for the brushes and structure of the paint box, then added some definition with a waterproof marker. I’m fairly pleased with the result, and will continue to practice with the watercolour pencils – they did help to speed things up.
Next week is the last week of the summer holiday and I will start my new teaching job from September. I’ll try to cram in as much sketching as I can before I head back to school… will post up the results on the blog!