February 21, 2010
Rafts waiting at the by Deer Falls . Pencil sketches of 3" X 10" sketchbooks
Erica getting close to the shoreline of basalt and cactus
Jimmy starting to move through the huge basalt boulders that have slid into the main course of the river
Oarboats in the morning under towering 6,000 ft cliffs of sandstone
Here is the website with much more photos of the rafting trip, panoramas and the complete sketches of the entire trip focusing on landscape in pencil and paint and sketchbook drawing done on the rafts with guides and action http://garygerathsjournal.com/
February 20, 2010
Storm clouds on Baldy Ridge & lower canyon trails. Pencil drawing 4" X 10"
February 1, 2010
Various graphite & pencil drawings done at Huntington Gardens, San Antonio Gardens & Sherwood Forest, a oak and birch grove up in Baldy Canyon.
These are relatively quick, 20 to 30 minutes sketches that focus on blocking out compositions, value comparisons and simplified quick texture scribbles.
Pencil drawings done at Huntington Gardens focusing on different close up compositions from the Desert Cactus section.
Though done quickly there is defiantly a focus on arranging the design shapes and using value contrasts to explain the plants.
Drawings from the Japanese Garden at the Huntington. Changing light means changing techniques and working tone and line together. Silhouettes are very important to organize the compositions.
Sketches are about 8" X 8" in size drawn out in portable sketchbook with chisel pencil point.
Small 4" X 3" drawings done at San Antonio Gardens. late afternoon light and raking light
12" X 8" pencil sketch of palms & cactus in late afternoon light. High contrast, back lit objects and lines are set up in the design. Solid & rhythm in the composition