I love goats – they are so cheeky and cute. For an upcoming workshop I needed to find a really good subject and found a fab image on a stock ref image website to buy. I wanted to get the feel of his face and so did a lot of sketches this morning to try him out from all angles. I did a pure/blind … Continue reading Sketching Goats
Most artists I know are devils for getting new art technique books. Books give us hope and inspiration and impetus! I have bought many, many books over the years and there are a few that I would never part with as they have become sacred to me. Below I share my 3 top go to art books; my bibles as I call them. As you … Continue reading What’s your Watercolour Bible?
Everyone doing something creative finds certain books help more than others. Some inspire you to action – to simply DO more, some show you how it could be to live your creative dream, others give you insight into a specific technique while others dispel myths and doubts which then allows you to progress with your creativity. Over the years these 6 books have done more … Continue reading 6 Of The Best – 6 Special Art Books that Changed my Life
A Monsterra not a monster:) Sitting very quietly and focusing on one leaf at a time I draw the contours of this – one of my fave indoor plants – as an exercise in observation and modified contour drawing. It is very relaxing. Read all about this technique in Betty Edwards’s book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.I have this plant sprawling recklessly … Continue reading So I drew a Monsterra
This Thursday I had two ladies – Christine and Barbara – come to my home studio for a watercolour painting day. They are members of Pentyrch Art Society and I have also know Christine from when we were both painting at Arnold Lowrey’s watercolour classes years and years ago. There was much chat about types of paint, brands of paper and models of palettes and … Continue reading Art Blossom Day
I really need to be sketching more – days go without me even putting pencil to paper. So I got out one of my many sketchbooks the other evening and started drawing my foot. I used the contour drawing technique as described by the brilliant Betty Edwards in her book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Have you got it? I’d get it … Continue reading Got the Doodle Bug
This morning I had the urge to put pencil to paper and geese were on my mind. They appeal to me because of their associations with fairytales and golden eggs and a bit of magic. They also make good guard dogs and one once bit my father’s thumb really badly. I use big A3 pads of cheap paper from Poundstretcher etc so that when I … Continue reading Sketching Geese in Pencil