Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tree sketch No 3


Conifer (?) Lamy Safari Pen

Another effort for Vivien's Tree Challenge. I think I'll have to move on to watercolour trees soon so I can add a landscape. This is a very quick sketch because I could so easily be sucked in by all the detail and then I'd be there all day.

I finally found my ideal bag to carry my Sketchercise kit. I took it for a walk this morning but didn't actually sketch anything :(
This is my minimal kit and doesn't include something to sit on. I do have a wonderful backpack which has a built in stool and loads of space for snacks, water, paints, pencils, books, viewfinders, hat - you name it but I don't really want to cart that on my daily morning walks.

This one holds a Schmincke tin customised to my taste with W&N watercolours, three brush pens, Lamy Safari fountain pen with black ink, Taklon synthetic brush (belonged to my daughter but I don't think she's missed it ;) Paper towels, mini spray bottle of water, Prismalo neutral coloured watercolour pencil and Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

15 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

really nice tree sketch :) nice job on all the limbs

really nice kit setup, looks like you have everything you need. What brand is the backpack you use? I'm trying to look into one to use for sketching around

Robyn said...

Jennifer - Thank you :) The brand on the belt bag is Swish Jeans. I bought it locally (Italy) it has only one zip and velcro to close around the waist. Extremely soft and light nylon.

Irina said...

Sure you know that, but I want to add from my experience. I use the foam carpet (about 15mm thick)for sitting straight on the ground. It stops cold and damp, keeps warmth of the body, it is soft and weights nothing, cheap, you can cut suitable size (mine is 2m by 90cm), roll it, bought in tourist shop.
And I love your blog (though it is obvious as I follow it :-))

Joan said...

Nice work on the tree sketch stretching across 2 pages. I like your sketch kit!! Looks like you're ready for painting. Someone on WetCanvas suggested using a gardener's kneeling pad to sit on when working in plein air. They are soft and waterproof and can probably fit in a backpack. Are your waterbrushes all different tip sizes?

Robyn said...

Joan - Thanks. the kneeling pad sounds like a fine idea. I have a very tiny folding stool bought all the way from Antigua by my friend, Jean. It's not at all heavy, so I could carry it when I walk. I actually use it a lot for sitting on in the garden when I'm weeding! I figure with this streamline kit that if I can't find somewhere comfortable to sit I will come back and sketch another time.

Yes my waterbrushes are three different sizes - a bit excessive really - the medium size one would do. I would love a flat waterbrush though.

Robyn said...

Irina - Thank you, that's very sweet.

moreidlethoughts said...

Wow! Three brush pens! Green with envy, I am.
And this is a very nice tree.I tried to do my casuarina - miserable failure, but will try again!

Laureline said...

What fun to see your sketching gear and your lovely, spare sketch, too. I am so behind on every single thing in my life that I don't know when I'll ever catch up. The simplicity of your sketch and your materials is, therefore, very appealing. Wish we could walk and sketch together. Someday sooner rather than later.

Pat said...

I am finally over looking at your wonderful blog. Your travel setup is perfect. Wouldn't it be fun for all of us Sketchercisers to get together and paint. Maybe someday.

Laureline said...

Pat, that is a WONDERFUL idea! (Robyn, hope you don't mind my butting in to respond to one of your commenters ;D.) I vote we all descend on Robyn!

Robyn said...

Pat & Laura - I'm game! Where's the rest of the gang?

Mary said...

Lovely tree Robyn and I love your little case, just perfect. I have a small folding stool that neatly folds into a very light vinyl bag to throw over one shoulder. I think I've seen them online.

"JeanneG" said...

Very pretty tree and nice compact field kit.

Kate said...

Do you mind having this sketch, with full credit to you (title and your first name), being used in a central Illinois newsletter article about Earth Day?

Robyn said...

Kate - thank you for asking. :) Our Flyng Picture Sketchbooks were exhibited in Illinois too. Go right ahead.

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