If I Had An Assistant

If I had an assistant, I would have them edit all of the photos. It is my least favorite part of the whole blog. I would probably blog 10 x’s as often if I didn’t have to edit photos. Unfortunately, no one wants an art blog without the art. I have more than 2 weeks worth of sketches. I will try to do them in order, but I may misplace a few.

Paul           Bleeding-Hearts

I just realized I have a very awful color pencil sketch of a tulip which I forgot to photograph. Maybe next week.

Self-portrait   Paul-Profile   Eye-and-Lemon-Sketches   Two-Trolls

I woke up to Beasley whining. I turned over to see Lola and Gunnar curled up (a very rare occurance), blocking the only place Beasley can jump onto the bed. Enemy of my enemy is my friend, indeed. My very first thought was, “I have to sketch that.” Luckily, my sketchbook was laying right next to me.  Boom.


I didn’t have as much time as I thought I did. It does make me laugh though.


Yesterday, while waiting for Sunday dinner, I tried my hand at last week’s lesson. The sketchbook pages everyone was uploading looked fantastic, but I just couldn’t get into the idea behind a grid. I think it is because I want sketching to be fast and drawing a grid and laying out a whole page with multiple sketches seems very time consuming. Although, if I have longer to sketch, I do think I will like it. My first attempt was a little disappointing. When I drew the grid in ink, I realized I only had 2 rectangles. I’m not very happy with the close up of Gunnar’s face either, but I do love the one of him running to me. I took Beasley and Gunnar to the dog park and got a lot of photos.


Today I tried the grid again. I had more time to figure it all out. I grabbed a small palette, but the paints were not good colors.  Luckily, it was more about practicing the grid than color matching.  When I put the watercolor washes in, I noticed the calligraphy pen was running into the water so I decided to do one more sketch.


Just a very quick sketch of a tulip so I could see how well I could paint with the calligraphy pen ink and water. Not too shabby.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.