Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Full Circle

Nearly two years ago I picked up a pencil and what a fun ride it's been! Back then I wanted to take up a class with the Friends of Wellesley College but the annual entry had recently gone by. Now I have that opportunity!

We're working on three species of holly--a line drawing of a branch and a tonal study of an individual leaf.

My Strathmore paper proved to be a bit bumpy for fine detail so that's being replaced with Stonehenge or Canson. I'm working on catching up with last week's work and homework and completing this week's.

There will be occasional posts each week on this class. I'll get into the details of class instructions and my work.

Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata

The sketch above seems rather light because it's in the "roughing in" stage. Once I'm sure that the positioning and shapes are accurate, I will darken in while adding leaf serrations. The lightness of my pencil strokes at this time are important--they can easily be erased.


  1. Soon you'll be teaching there! Have fun, John--Sarah is wonderful!! -- Joyce

  2. I think that this is the perfect timing for you to be taking these classes- you now have enough experience, knowledge and confidence to really delve into your subject, freed from the anxiety of jumping head first into the unknown. I hope this turns out to be a rich a rewarding class for you!
    ~ gretchen

  3. Sarah Roche is the best! I love my class!

  4. Wow, Gretchen, more eloquent. And, spot on! There is a lot of fun ahead.