After breakfast

In preparation for One Week 100 People 2017 which I will be starting tomorrow, I tried out a new brush, one that I think has a much better point on it than the one I used last week to during my trial run. And since I will be doing all of my drawing with a brush for this challenge, it has to be quite sharp. I wasn’t intending on buying a new brush. In fact I went to the store to buy some half pans and a few little sketchbooks, but I have a weakness for brushes and came home with a tiny Da Vinci Casaneo. I have a larger version of the same brush, but the #2 that I painted with today is quite amazing. It’s a synthetic brush that holds a lot of water and comes to a wonderful fine point. I use the bigger version for large washes and skies but this little one is great for brush drawing.

For today’s sketch I used Payne’s Grey to capture the shapes and values on my kitchen counter after breakfast. It’s a good exercise to attempt to match the values of whatever mess is in front of you, without placing things too carefully. Just let the shapes be your guide.


7 Comments on “After breakfast”

  1. gaelle1947 says:

    Although my main medium is acrylic, over these past few years your blogs have inspired me to bring out my watercolors out of the closet. Just lately I’ve acquired a 2nd backpack specifically for this medium (plus some pens….and a wee tube of Chinese white….for when I have to cheat LOL) because, as your sketch today affirms, there is no white as brilliant as the paper which also illuminates the other washes from within. Very difficult to get the same effect with acrylics or oils. And…do I detect yesterday’s tulip vase in the background?


  2. aliquo says:

    I always come home from the art store with items I didn’t intend to buy! It’s too tempting! I like this new brush though, it’s giving you some good definitions. I look forward to seeing what you create for #OneWeek100People2017


  3. Paula says:

    Love this


  4. Bernadette says:

    Wonderful excercise, well done!


  5. Monique says:

    I am always amazed.


  6. Rob Carey says:

    Very interesting results, Shari. I like the abstraction very much.


  7. Judy Sopher says:

    I hope this is the right place to ask you about the DaVinci brush. Also loving brushes, I bought the Davinci Casino Size 2 in the 498 series. It is large, close to a 10 in the Escoda Versatil series.

    I love it. It is a wonderful brush with a great tip. But I don’t think it is what you describe as a “tiny” brush. What series did you buy? I will definitely keep this one and use it often.In fact, I keep reaching for it. But I am guessing it isn’t the tiny brush you describe.


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