This sketchbook spread started out as a field sketch practice, an attempt to sketch a subject that will be still, unlike the birds I enjoy painting. It gave me much more.
I am often drawn to the visual detail of a subject, so much so, that it is sometimes hard for me to shift my focus out, allowing the loose sketch work its magic. I love this aspect of art, especially in watercolor. It is a challenge for me to hold on to this awareness as I paint.
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For more information about using a scrub brush visit: Sketching a Limpkin. For more about negative space visit: Search for a Swainson's Warbler. The first post on this sketchbook spread is: My Brother's Plant