The rain stopped, the sun came out, the temperature warmed and we spent the afternoon biking on the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park. It was incredibly beautiful.
I did something new today. I began with a pastel sketch as usual but when I got to adding the color I paid little attention to the lines I had just made. In fact I pretty much ignored them. Instead I drew with my paintbrush, making changes to the sketch as I painted. I painted outside the lines, over lines and in the lines. And I left more of the pastel showing than I normally do. I think that making the under-sketch helped me understand and organize what was important. However, by ignoring the under-sketch while I painted, my eyes and attention stayed strongly on the scene and I was better able to show what I felt. I like the energy of this sketch.
This is a pastel and gouache sketch on both sides of a 5 X 8 black Moleskine sketchbook with black paper.