A quick post for FossilFriday during Dinovember. From a reference photo I took at the Tyrell in July, 2016.
- Light 2H pencil under-drawing of the newly-moved lighthouse at Cape Jourimain, N.B.
- 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (white/150 gsm) sketchbook.
- From a photo I took in September, 2016.
Not sure if I want to do this as a pen-and-ink sketch or do light watercolour washes. We’ll see how I’m feeling about it once I’ve finished with the pencil.
Watercolour sketch of houses in Waterside, New Brunswick, from a photo I took in August.
On 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (white/150 gsm) hard-bound sketchbook.
I did an earlier watercolour sketch of a detail of the same reference photo:
The Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook paper is meant for light washes, but it’s just a bit too light for what I’m doing here and tends to buckle. I’m still sorting out how watercolour works, though, and while I should move on to proper blocks (I have loads), I want to get more confident with my handling of watercolour media first.
I’ve been a fan of Roger Waters’ music since Pink Floyd released The Final Cut. His bleeding heart politics have always central to his music, much to the dismay of casual fans who accidentally stumble across his comments and positions in interviews.
His 2010 return of The Wall as a global concert phenomenon seemed almost self-indulgent at the time, but the shows themselves had been updated, with new visuals that underscored messages that were there in the songs all along. Looking back from late 2016, this music from 1979 seems more relevant than ever.
It’s the end of December, and while there isn’t any snow on the ground, I participated in an annual holiday ritual I never miss: vehicle registration renewal day.
Our knowledge, which we set so much store by, helps us mostly to further our exploitations, to extract from the environment what we value, and to destroy that which, in our present state of ignorance, seems to have no utility.
—Eliot Porter in Maine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Highly-targeted title; up to the Take Control series’ usual, high standards. Takes a very practical typical-use-case approach.