When I lived in San Jose, I would often practice sketching on the back porch. Many of my sketches were of the same subject. I used different techniques to figure out which gave me the result that I wanted.
I was a bit more successful portraying depth in the sketch below, as compared to the one posted yesterday. I intended to silhouette the railing upon which the planters sat and I made the background lighter. These factors let one imagine distance between the planter railing and the back fence.
I took my glasses off to do this sketch. I was hoping that I would get a better sense of dark and light areas by obliterating details (as does my sight without glasses). I had some problems though, getting the whole composition to coalesce.
The hints of color were provided by ink pens. I varied the strokes to get different tones of black in the spaces between the fence uprights.
I think this was the first time I used watercolor pencils. I didn’t mix colors nor, does it seem, did I even add water! Watercolor pencils have their own personality and need to be explored on a different basis than watercolor paints.