Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mini Artist-in-residence 2

Rajastan scarf © Sue Pownall 2012
mmmm so I turn up at Merge 104.8 for my 2nd morning sketching there, and Chris interviews me live on air. I'm sure I sounded like a complete idiot although a friend texted "SKETCH SUE! U ROCK MATE! :-D just heard yr intrview w chris on merge! " Later at an event I attended, I got "Oh that was YOU". Wasn't sure how to take that! :D 
Chris has promised me a mp3 file of it, so I may put it with a slideshow, depending how dippy I sound.
A guest in Al Wisal's studio © Sue Pownall
I was feeling tired and headachy, so I used a pencil in A5 sketchbook, but I'm not sure the 2 facts are connected especially as my default is pen. I warmed up with a couple of sketches of Chris. Then I sketched the guy being interviewed by Madiha in Al-Wisal's studio. I liked how his musar & face stood out through the maze of mike stands, hence the application of watercolour. For my penultimate sketch, it was again the flash of colour that attracted me to the sketch, in this case the beautiful Rajastani scarf. (top).
Reading the news. © Sue Pownall
The final sketch, below, was of Chris interviewing a guest and I think is the best likeness so far. I have a 3rd opportunity to sketch the station as I have been invited to their 1st birthday celebration, but it's next Thursday. I need to work out a few logistical hiccups, but I'm supposed to be going up a mountain then, so won't be able to attend the birthday bash.
Interviewing a guest © Sue Pownall
Please can I remind everyone that all my images are copyrighted and if you want to use them for anything, on facebook, a blog, profile pic on... etc. you must have my written permission and link back to me. The link should either be my site or facebook

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mini Artist-in-residence

Al Wisal studio, A4 sketchbook, © Sue Pownall 2012
I first met Chris Fisher, presenter & programme director at Merge radio, at the St Patrick Day celebrations where I was drawing dancers. Our paths crossed again earlier this month and Chris invited me into his studio to sketch: a mini artist-in-residence albeit only for a morning. I went in on Tuesday, whilst Chris was doing the morning show.

Through the studio window I could see the presenter of Al Wisal, an Arabic station, and her two guests. Even though this was to be my first sketch of the morning I decided to draw that. I hadn't realised how difficult it is to draw faces blocked by microphones as both this, and my next sketch show.

Chris & studio guest, A4 sketchbook, © Sue Pownall 2012
I added the colour to both sketches whilst in Chris' studio. Despite the first one not being a good likeness of Madiha, she took a picture with her ipad and posted it to facebook whilst I was still there.

After the show,  Chris made a cup of tea and I tried to capture his portrait, however he is very active as he speaks leaving me with only flashes of the position I started drawing.
Chris, A5 sketch in pencil © Sue Pownall 2012
I may be going back for a 2nd sketching session next week, so I really will be their artist in residence.
The proof I was sketching on site.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Nautical nonsense

Preparing to fish. Pen & ink. 360 x 220mm. © Sue Pownall 2012
This is the finished boat from my last post Not Working. I think it's come out okay. 
Bandar Al Khairan. Watercolour in A5 sketchbook © Sue Pownall 2012

Last Thursday, I went on a boat trip. Regular visitors know I do this once in a while always with camera and sketchbook in my bag. Here's last May's post Off to Sea and October 2010 DTFF & Dhow Trip. I'm not really good with being somewhere, doing nothing, for a long time...
I love going on boats, just not good with being ashore for a long time. 
Shaded view Watercolour in A5 sketchbook © Sue Pownall 2012
 Thursday was fun with fabulous food, company, lots of swimming, and playing in the sea. Towards the end I snuck off and did these 2 watercolour sketches.

Heading home from our private beach.© Sue Pownall 2012
On route back to Muscat. © Sue Pownall 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Not working.

I have been struggling despite the break I gave myself 2 weeks ago when I went camping. The picture below is the reason. I was asked, amongst other things to draw more boats similar to Low Tide at Plockton, so I chose a reference from several I had taken in the Muscat area and then...stopped. I don't like drawing curves! It's been tacked to the wall since I did the pencil outline. I did one line on Sunday, then have tried working on it this morning, it's got this far.

WIP © Sue Pownall 2012
In between, I have done some sketching (mainly my feet and a few people) and had a play with my acrylics. The under painting ended like this.
WIPs © Sue Pownall 2012
I'm not sure how/why, but the blue one on the left is now purple and currently looks like this (below). Obviously it will be another veil painting. The green one reminds me of summer meadows so may gain red poppies etc.

WIP © Sue Pownall 2012
Hopefully, my next post will be the completed boat picture.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Escape from responsibilities **Editted**

Hajar Mountain View, Watercolour & pen A5 sketchbook ©Sue Pownall
Last weekend, I took a break from drawing, studying, and worrying about the day job and took a weekend trip with the fabulous The Guide Oman. Their tagline is "A Tour Company that provides one-of-a-kind adventure and fun" and they certainly do - check them out at The Guide Oman.

Of course, whilst on a break I still sketched, took lots of photos, and did the painting above. The photo below, taken at a lunchstop in the mountains, shows me with sketchbook out. hmm addicted???
Lunchstop by © Rebecca Mayston
So warm paint dried on the brush
As you may have guessed from the top sketch, the trip was up into the mountains to escape the summer heat, which has now arrived in the city. It was especially beautiful as there's been a lot of rain recently so we got to see and play in the wadis (valleys/rivers). Below are some of my favourite photos from the trip.
Overflowing Falaj, Wadi Taiyyin ©Sue Pownall
Hajar Ash Sharqi ©Sue Pownall
Looking up ©Sue Pownall
Boo ©Sue Pownall
Wadi Taiyyin ©Sue Pownall

Maybe you can come and draw there with me next time?

EDIT: Sandra commented on this post earlier "I wonder if you were to go sky-diving if you would still have your sketchbook out on the way down, lol!". The answer is ~ not on the way down, but these were drawn whilst waiting to go up and afterwards.
Pen & ink ©Sue Pownall 1987
Pencil ©Sue Pownall 1987
 The answer to the next question is -
 24 jumps, over a minute of freefall, and I worked as a rigger packing the shoots.