Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
|Pen & watercolour in A3 sketchbook.|
|The proof I painted on site.|
BTW2. All pictures at the moment are low resolution as connection is bad and I can't upload bigger files. Sorry.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Cressing Temple Barns. A benefit of going alone was that I got a seat in the front row alongside the reserved guest seats, and so I sketched and painted the barn behind the scenery before the performance started. As is normal with a Shakespeare performance I got a little confused in a few places, but the terrific acting made up for it. It was performed by the professional touring group: The Festival Players Theatre Company. The beautiful setting added to the fantastic performance, so did the musical elements.
|The sketchbook pages.|
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Nelson is spoilt by my parents and he has a free run of their house. Last night, I was getting ready for bed and he went to sleep horizontally across my bed. He is a fidget even when asleep, constantly shifting position, so I quickly grabbed a sheet of paper and 2 pens out of the pot. After I sketched him, I pushed him off the bed as I got in and he went to sulk in the hallway.
Monday, August 23, 2010
|Nelson's favourite paddling place.|
|Shaking dry - in the water.|
Sunday, August 22, 2010
|Sat in the garden, I painted the approaching storm and river.|
|My warm-up drawing sat riverside.|
|Narrow boat, painted from inside the pub.|
Anita hated that I only use right-hand pages of my sketchbooks, unless doing a single large spread. I think this is left over from when I used to sketch in pencil and the opposite page was left for the inevitable smudges. Also, I've occasionally taken a sketch out for framing, which I couldn't do if there was something else on the other side. As it was such a lovely day and I didn't want to offend, I did my two paintings in a double page spread (below).
Anita Davies' work is here.
Joan Sandford-Cook is here.
The Five Miles Inn is here.
|A rare double page spread.|
Friday, August 20, 2010
|Dovercourt Lighthouses at low tide.|
Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Mum & dad are off on holiday on Friday and the gathering of things together to take has begun. Walking into mum's room this morning I noticed her bear looked to be trying to either carry or get in her handbag, so I just had to draw it.
EDM 138 is draw something soft, I think this counts.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I got to London early in order to visit the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. Whilst I appreciate the technical brilliance of producing a portrait that looks like a photo, I can't really see the point, and there were several of the entries in a photographic style. The winner's portrait reminded me of Lucian Freud with the colour palette she used, but I found the subject matter rather grim (her dead mother). Nevertheless, I loved the exhibition and as the NPG is one of my favourite galleries I'd recommend it to anyone visiting London.
|Café in the Crypt|
|Why aren't you drawing me?|
|Flowers in Regent's Park|
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Drawing in my dad's garden this morning, all of these fruit and vegetables love & need the sun.
L - R cucumber flower (I just loved the way the flower was poking through the amazing leaf shape); apples; & mild pepper plant. All with pen, a micron 0.05), and watercolour.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Peggy is hosting Blind Contour Fridays over at her site here.
Blind contact drawing is:
BTW it was very difficult not to look at the paper with my peripheral vision. Am I a natural cheat?
Blind contact drawing is:
... a favourite with drawing teachers to develop hand-eye communication. Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing, and blind contour drawing means drawing the outline of the subject without looking at the paper. The end result doesn't matter - what is important is carefully observing the subject. (source: By Helen South, About.com Guide)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
|1: hanging 2: tucked between tiles & poles 3: top of wall by window|
Then back to colour with a watercolour of the church on the hill, which overlooks the road into the village, shortly before a storm. The pre-drawing was hopeless, badly out of scale and the perspective is wrong - I could only see a small part of the roof, and I only just had enough paper on the left. Even so I like the finished result.
|The blobs on the roof are large boulders to keep it secure in a wind.|
|Colour added with brush pen, as this is the dreaded watercolour-resistant moleskin.|
A bit of history:
Paestum, or Poseidonia as it was originally known, was founded by Greeks from Sybaris in the 6th century BC. The Greeks built three great temples - the first dedicated to Hera and two more of uncertain dedications - between about 550 and 450 BC.The city was colonized by the Romans in 273 BC, who Latinised its name to Paestum Christians and added the usual Roman infrastructure of roads, forum and theatres. moved in around the 5th century AD, converting at least one temple into a church and building a new church nearby.By the 9th century AD, the land had become swampy and a combination of malaria and Saracen raids had decimated the population. The city and its great temples were abandoned and gradually overtaken by the forest, where it remained hidden until its discovery in the 18th century during the building of a road. Source: Sacred Destinations
|The proof I drew on site!|