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Sept. 22: Columbia City

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Whether field sketching, trip sketching or urban sketching, the sketcher is always grappling with these four issues:

                                                      1.  Is this a sketch moment?    

                                                 2. How can I convey a sense of place?

                                                   3.  What tools do I choose to use?


                                              4.  And finally, how much time do I have?
If sketching during sunrise or sunset, colors change quickly.  If sketching from the passenger seat of a moving car, scenery changes quickly. "GISS" sketching line and color is often sufficient to portray the image of the object or habitat.  I usually use Uniball or Micron pens, and if I mis-sketch something, I draw over it and turn it into something else.  I rarely use pencil because I will want to erase my mistakes.  I always label the place, date and time as well as birds seen or heard.  I always sketch live from the field, never from memory or photos. I do not create art in the field, but use art and language to record my observations.


  1. Good ideas about sketching. Good to see you posting here!

  2. Nice to see your work on the blog again Carleen. I love the Glen Canyon watercolor!

  3. Thanks for your comments, Kate and Gail. I enjoy the challenge of comparing urban and "non-urban" sketching.

  4. Nice to see you on the blog again, Carleen! I really like the sketching story- I can relate to all those questions. I like the variety of approaches and colors.

    1. Thanks, Jane! I think articulating the sketching process is more challenging than the actual sketch. That process impacts each sketch, yet it's so easy to forget it in the sketch moment!

    2. Can I use your sketch of Glen Canyon for the Facebook banner for a few weeks?
      Send me a note at: janewingfield at gmail dot com.

    3. Wow, yes, you certainly may! Thanks!