|"Fourth of July", watercolor by Pat Howard|
|"The Old Post Office", watercolor by Pat Howard|
3 - With pencil, draw a building from the front, and include some of the surrounding environment. This could be a church, a lighthouse, a public building -- and try to draw from life, but if this is not possible, use a photo as reference. Be sure to write a note on your page, just indicating where it is . . .
|"The Light of Loretto", watercolor by Pat Howard|
4 - Do a monochromatic value study of an adobe or stucco building, part of a building, or church. First, do a pencil drawing, and then paint the values (the lights and darks), with one color, like burnt sienna. Use watercolor, or colored pencils, and try to simplify it into 4 values -- 1) lightest value is the white of the paper, 2) light value, 3) medium value, and 4) darkest value.
|"Sunday in Sedona", watercolor by Pat Howard|
5 - With a felt pen, draw an old rural building, like a barn, shed, or cabin. Or, draw a block of old buildings in a little town. Try to draw from life, if possible -- and write a sentence at the bottom of your page, indicating something about where you were, the date, and what the weather was like. . .
|"The Blue Barn", watercolor by Pat Howard|
6 - Pile up a bunch of boxes, and do a contour drawing of them, with a felt pen. If you have kids around, you could use their building blocks. This is a little like drawing city buildings.
|"Phantom of Times Square", watercolor by Pat Howard|
7 -- In pencil, draw a city block of buildings, from above. Add shading with pencil . . .
|"New York City Lights", watercolor by Pat Howard|
8 -- Now, try some perspective exercises, with charcoal pencil or graphite pencil. For these, just look at my sketches. . .
|"The Gable House B&B", watercolor by Pat Howard|
9 - Paint a close-up color study of a stone wall. First, do a wet-in-wet underpainting, using Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Rose, and Cerulean Blue. When it is still pretty damp (shiny), sprinkle salt all over. When it is dry, brush off the salt, and draw the cracks in pencil. Then paint the cracks (the shapes between the rocks), using Burnt Sienna and Cerulean Blue. . .
|"Aztec Ruins Triptych", watercolor by Pat Howard|
10 - Using charcoal (pencil or stick), draw a close-up of a building, a deck, or a porch. Smudge the lines for shading. This will be an abstract drawing, so concentrate on geometric shapes and lines, rather than any details. . .
|"New Hampshire Village", watercolor by Pat Howard|