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Sue Westin

THE FIELDBAG
 

I like to take a variety of sketching and painting materials in the field. Keeping it limited to what will actually fit in my Field Bag allows me be more mobile.
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Most of my sketchbook pages are 9 x 12” in a variety of different weights and surfaces for drawing and painting on. The images are often drawn in ink and then colored with a water base paint such as gouache, watercolor or acrylic.



For me, field sketching is experiential learning at is best – one must do it to learn it! While drawing or painting a subject I try to convince myself I’m actually touching the object with my pen in order to experience the contours, details and subtleties observed. This “cognitive connection” heightens my sense of beauty and understanding of the subject. Sketches like these may be the inspirations for a painting but more often they are just fulfilling my desire to learn as much as I can about my subject in the time I have - to create and communicate through art.
 
When sketching animals from life, nature seldom allows time to make real detailed studies while the subject is still present. Therefore I spend the first valuable minutes not drawing, but studying my subject closely with an artist’s eye for proportions and attitudes that will help me portray each species essence. If the critter stays around long enough (like this turtle!)I will start sketching but observations are often fleeting so many pages are actually done from memory – when so, I label them as such for later reference.

FIELD JOURNALS
 
   
 

 


My Field Journals serve a different purpose than my sketchbooks. They are chronological nature diaries and include more nature observations and personal and musing. The plant studies included in these journals and are sketched with a different drawing style and sense of purpose. I draw slower, more accurately. I try to copy the overall shape of a particular plant and the details of an object to translate a better sense of realism to my finished paintings.

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