In the Smokies this summer...

I didn't have all my art supplies with me -- I had to leave much of it at home. So: no pastels, no dry coloured pencils, no artbars, and so on. But I bought a set of art markers and some Prismacolor Verithins, and I made some studies. In particular I studied the nearby trees, taking their 'portrait' more than once, and the stone boy at the water feature (complete with blue cotton sun hat, which someone had placed on his head), and the still life of apple, mineral water bottle, and gin bottle (Tanqueray). What a delightful summer.

Here I'm experimenting with art markers as a way of painting. It was fun, but I'll definitely stick with pencils for the most part!

Here I'm experimenting with art markers as a way of painting. It was fun, but I'll definitely stick with pencils for the most part!

Here I was paying more attention to the hat.

No. 3 is my favourite of the heads -- it conveys best that this is a stone (or cement) statue.