In my hurry to open my plush new tin of gorgeous Derwent XL Charcoal sticks I managed to promptly drop one on the floor! Splat! Luckily I was crouching down at the time so it didn’t have far to fall but I still lost a corner off the block! On Wednesday I am being very brave and starting Life Drawing classes at Garth Olwg Lifelong … Continue reading Butterfingers!
A friend wants me to teach her the basics of watercolour and is very drawn to teazles and all things hedgerow. My kind of subject! So today after sourcing many teazle images I am sketching out random shapes and forms from those collated. I am going to use the best one or ones to then create a simple watercolour lesson on how to execute them … Continue reading Spending the rest of today sketching and painting teazles
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
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
Had the urge to get some stunning poultry photos yesterday and these 3 lovelies are what I found! What do you think? A pure white hen scratching for corn, a pheasant looking like he’s on the run and a sophisticated and proud cockerel that I am dying to paint. But – first things first. I drew the cockerel on a large A3 pad with a … Continue reading Feeling Fowl? Paint a chicken!
For this simple yet dramatic demo I used hot pressed paper 9olbs by Arches of France but any hot pressed paper or medium (not) paper will do. I used a No 3 and a No 8 round watercolour brush and the main colours are New Gamboge (yellow), Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. I did not stretch the paper first as I … Continue reading Art Demo – Ladybird in Watercolour
Last July I had a lovely day trip by coach to Forde Abbey in Somerset. A rural idyll, this abbey was once a monastery but has had many changes made to its architecture which have resulted in a beautiful English stately home and gardens – open to the public. I was drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the abbey gardens and its well-tended vegetable … Continue reading Fresh Out of Forde Abbey