Conservatory InteriorPosted: August 17, 2012
Being inside a greenhouse is a very relaxing way to spend a day — the sound of trickling water along with the tropical flowers and foliage have a very calming effect on the urban sketcher (if you don’t mind a bit of humidity). On the second day of my Montreal workshop students did some beautiful watercolours so it was probably a good thing the threat of rain pushed us indoors. Magically there were no unexpected events and I think everyone had a chance to practice what they learned yesterday. Today we worked on thumbnails and I borrowed a pencil from one of the students for my sketch below. This is done with a black Derwent Inktense which is water-soluble and apparently more vibrant (if you use the coloured versions) than traditional watercolour pencils. I loved the darkness I was able to create when I wet the surface of the paper. Rich, deep black. I may have to get myself one of those!