Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Gallery, Plein Air | 0 comments

This was one of my demos during the workshop at Avalanche Ranch in June.  I sketched the scene and then used a fine tip permanent marker to define and shape the scene.  It was smooth sailing to apply the watercolor over the pen and ink work.  This technique I use a lot for plein air painting.  Unless I am drawing a very complex scene with perspective involved – I just sketch with the pen and don’t draw it with pencil first.  You can make really fast thumbnail sketches this way and if you get a line wrong – who cares.  Keeps you disciplined to not spend a lot of time drawing, erasing and redrawing.  I actually painted this one in my watercolor journal – size is 8 1/4″ x 11 1/2″.