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Hudson Fellowship Day 4

Composition study/equisse
India ink and white guache on toned paper
approx 8 x 10 inches

I worked with pen and ink today for the first time and loved it! A diluted ink wash creates controlled values much faster than graphite pencil. I started with a rough graphite-pencil block-in, and then refined the contour drawing with a dip-pen and ink. Then I diluted the ink with water (on a plastic palette) and used a brush to lay in the washes, building up the layers slowly to reach the values I wanted.

Study/etude of boulders and falls
India ink and white guache on toned paper
approx 6 x 10 inches

Every couple of days we all meet as a group and show our sketches on a long table. The work as whole is stunning... absolutely everyone here can draw incredibly well and it's both inspiring and daunting to see the row of studies. The instructors Edward Minoff and Travis Schlaht give anyone who asks a detailed critique about how to focus our drawings to be useful studies for a painting we'll do later at our studios. Jacob Collins apparently arrives tomorrow...

To see a nice quick overview of the work from previous years go to this page of past Fellows and mouse over each name to see an example of their work.

As for painting... yes, I am itching to begin painting in color! But on the other hand, doing these drawings has only emphasized how complicated nature can be, and I know I'll be grateful for having done all the line drawings and value studies when I start grappling with color.

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Reader Comments (6)

All this is amazing, thanks so much for sharing, I can't stop saying that.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina

This would be a dream come true for me. I would love love love to have a close look at the work on that table.
Your pen and ink washes are terrific.
I have seen all of the past fellows' work and it is wonderful.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Becker

Sadie - what lovely drawings! If you don't manage to get over to the farm - and even if you do - perhaps you could let me know if the Fellows have a show of their work at any point! I would love to see them up close!

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah meredith

Sadie, It's amazing to see how fast you are progressing. The drawings keep getting better and better. It seems like its getting easier for you to distill mother nature (faster?). Beatiful ink work. A

nd yes, I agree with Gregory. It would be such a treat to take a closer look at that table... I am so grateful you are sharing this experience with us. Enjoy!

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlia El-Bermani

Sadie et all,
here is a link to GCA's blog that has some more sketches that may have been on THAT table...


July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlia El-Bermani

Thanks Alia!

July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri
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