Today's daily sketch. Ace of Pentacles--reversed


Today’s daily card is the Ace of pentacles—reversed. Which means I need to look at how my physical environment is affecting me, and how I am affecting it. What is the financial situation? Am I doing what I should for my own health and mental well-being? So while I was contemplating the different meanings of the card, and how I felt about it, I did a google search for a decent image to work with. And this came up from National Geographic


An interresting view of a dam, and how humans have shaped our environment. Many images, of course, came up, but this was the one that grabbed me.

so I did the first step in each of my sketches and wrote my thoughts and musings about the card on to the watercolor paper. I used a prismacolor pencil today instead of standard graphite. It felt like a yellow ochre sort of day

I worked a lot with indigo blue and gold. as well as a bit of orange because the image needed it. and here is the result.


Have a great day!

Daily sketch


Today's daily sketch. It was looking a little like christmas wrap for a bit. Thankfully adding the last layer mellowed it out, and made it come together. 

I'm trying to develop a language of marks, and symbols that is consistent. Currently I'm thinking that triangles are a good representation for fire or flame. Circles and ovals for water and squares for earth. For air I think it's going to be those diddly marks I like so much. 

Also, I'm trying to work on my color theory. For example on this piece, it turns out that green, no matter how muted or earthy is not a suitable complement to red-orange. Dark gray and purple are. Just like yesterday's post, blues go better with yellows, and yellow ochre. I think this more of an emotional thing, not a visual thing. 

I find that chalk pastels are becoming my favorite base layer. it's just such a nice surface to work on. 

Now, time to get back to the stitching.