Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Sketchbook Pages - March 2017

Sketchbook Pages - March 2017

Daffodils from Katie, and our new Peperomia plant, Effie. 

Daffodils from Katie, and our new Peperomia plant, Effie. 

This sketchbook is feeling more and more like a visual representation of my brain... like how much I am obsessing over plants right now, and Molly's cute quirks, and all the little things I notice in a day and feel like capturing, because nobody is there to talk to about them. 

Working on a cactus "I'm Sorry" card for sale in my etsy shop + our new ZZ Plant... thank you Thea for telling me how hard they are to kill!

Working on a cactus "I'm Sorry" card for sale in my etsy shop + our new ZZ Plant... thank you Thea for telling me how hard they are to kill!

It's also nice to have these sketches in one place, flipping through them is kind of the best, even though I don't consider any of the quick paintings perfect by any means. It's nice to review my errors and smile over them. This cactus sketch is an early rendition of a card I am hoping to make and sell... I might remove the girl and replace her with something else (a hedgehog? Maybe both will be prickly?).

A pig from Molly's Little People farm + some facial expression and hand tests. 

A pig from Molly's Little People farm + some facial expression and hand tests. 

Tiny cactus + Molly saying she is "Up-A-Side Down!"

Tiny cactus + Molly saying she is "Up-A-Side Down!"

This is now officially the most effort I have ever put into one sketchbook. Which is kind of sad because I've been doing this for like, a week. Ha! But I think my art could really benefit from some more planning stages before I jump right into doing the full painting. I remember I had one art teacher who made us fill a sketchbook page with at least 10 tiny drawings - all different takes on the same concept - before we could start painting, because you can really see when they are tiny which layouts and colour schemes work and which don't. MANY times I have finished hours of work on a painting only to realize the layout is terrible. 

What do you guys think? More sketchbook time? Or should I be doing more full paintings? Or BOTH?

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