So, I'm still messing about with Schminckes, of course. The other day's pears and pomegranate were very saturated and high key. In the two sketches below, we've gone very subtle, indeed. The first is of magnolia pods. Here I've added two paints to the 24 color Schmincke set : Daniel Smith's cobalt teal and Schmincke Deep Cobalt, both of which are from my old palette.
And, oh, by the way, IT RAINED!! It has not rained over my house since June 3rd, except for a few sullen, tepid, watery spits. It apparently rained on September 14th, too, but I was in France, so I couldn't swear to it. Two rains, then, in almost five months. And 22 (!!)broken heat records in August and September, to boot. Trees are dying, shrubs keeling over, my garden looking more desolate by the minute, animals suffering, the farms of the region losing crops and income like mad, the reservoirs running out of water. It has been a nightmare. But, last week, the spell was broken and we got five inches of rain in three days. We need a lot more, of course, but it was glorious. I stood outside in it and wondered what was happening to my cell phone and my book. And then I remembered. It was called Getting Wet. No doubt you've heard of it.
I watched the way raindrops behave and I tried to make some sketches afterward. I mean to pursue this theme in hopes that I'll get better at it. I know this one is a clunker, but, I'll swear, I love it anyway, just for its subject!
Finally, a rough sketch on toned paper of my daughter C, looking every inch the late-rising, half-asleep, tousled-hair young woman that she was yesterday afternoon (yes--- afternoon. I told you.)