Sunday, September 15, 2013
Instead I decided to simply incorporate the lost site with the blog here. see above I've added pages to the blog. You are currently 'home'. The other links will take you to samples of my work. I only just discovered that I'm website less, and am in the process of packing to move in 3 weeks, so this will be under construction for a while. Please be patient with me as I integrate all this.
I actually think it will flow together nicely to have my work all in one place.
I do have more sketches to show you. I hope to get to that this afternoon!
Watch this space!
Monday, August 12, 2013
I decided to pull out the oils in Artrage…not easy at all, but unless I treat oils like watercolours (thin layers of paint to build up colour) I struggle.
Still I feel like I am making some progress…
Slowly but surely I’m learning how to get what I want with blobs & smears of paint at a time
The new ‘Hunt’ was just posted and features a neat line-up. Here’s hoping I have time this week!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Trying out the pastel tool in the new Artrage version. It is a Scavenger Hunt entry so it is a quickie, but I feel happy I captured the fruit adequately. the plate is an entirely different story though...hehehehe
Done on 4"x6" paper so I can print these out, slip them into and album/bind them and have a sketchbook full of my digital sketches. This one is pastel.
I also managed to get a lot more done on the dog portrait I was working on, or should have been working on. I started it way back in 2011. Then for more than a year never touched it...until yesterday. Now it is done save for a few more touches here and there. After I hear from the dog's owner to make sure I captured his personality. But I'm confident that I have. He is such a character this one...Simon!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I covered the paper in doodles. And recorded some stuff from the meeting to boot. Details of which I shall not disclose at this point though.
The feather was in memory of the plaintive call ringing out over the field during the entire meeting. Like a sandpiper’s call.
Last meeting I took a book and pen, ready to doodle. And it turned out really ‘meh’ I think I do spontaneous/ incidental much better. We’ll see what happens this week during the meeting.
Do you doodle?
I have sketches to scan and as soon as I have them ready, I’ll show them here ‘k?
Sunday, April 21, 2013
If I were to have paper and pencil in every meeting I attend, I shall be sure to have lots to post to this blog.
Make note to self :-
Carry a little sketchbook at all times…
There was a piece of paper on the table, and a pencil on the floor when I walked into the room for a staff meeting last week. Pencil and paper go together like a horse and carriage, right?
My keys, right in front of me were the obvious subjects.
For once I enjoyed a meeting and was – almost- sorry it was over I’m just not a meeting kinda person and find myself slipping off into daydream world after 5 minutes.
Unless I draw, or keep my hands busy!
Maybe I should carry the Scavenger Hunt lists with me in my new little sketchbook-in-the-bag strategy.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
These hunts over at Wetcanvas remain a challenge and a great way to keep on drawing regularly. I just need to make the time to do it. You know what it can be like sometimes when you have this ‘thing’ in you head that it takes long to do or is an effort and the window of time that I have is not enough…..hogwash all of it. That is just the point of a Hunt. The sketches are supposed to be quick. Something that I can do in my lunch hour. I have no excuses. No good ones anyway.
But after that little rant at myself….I do have a couple to share.
This one I did just after Christmas. A lacy snowflake….what was I thinking? I mean all those little holes? Take it from me : if you do want to make quick sketches, don’t choose lace…
I was looking through my one sketchbook, filled with Scavenger Hunt drawings only. What surprised me was the enjoyment, delight and fun I had. With every turn of the page I was confronted with something that was loaded with memories. That is the neatest thing about these hunt sketchbooks – they are filled with ordinary everyday objects. A veritable treasure trove of memories. Like this snowflake ornament. A Christmas gift from a friend in Europe. We’ve been exchanging little Christmas items for a couple decades now, and this one is immortalised in my sketchbook! ( Maybe next time I should try drawing this on on a dark background….)
Here is one I did today. You would think that after doing a drawing full of holes I would think twice before I draw something full of little stars, right? I must be a slow learner or something…
I did both of these in ArtRage with ink pen and water colour. Different papers though. Although you cannot see it at the resolution here, the bottom one has a nice rough texture. Yummy!
I’ll be back with more soon. Really. Watch me!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Anyhow after a very busy fall, we finally came to the Christmas season and I was so ready for doing something else and refreshing. I was poking around in threads over at Wetcanvas and decided to check out their image library for a reference for a fun play-with-fabric idea that I have. And then this image of a kitty just stole my heart and demanded that I 'do something' with it.
So I broke out my ArtRage art programme (that sounds dramatic but you get the idea) on the computer and got busy.....aaaahhhhh that is just what I needed.
But let me show you some pictures of what and how. I posted this within one of the groups I belong to on Facebook. A bunch of artists I have known for many years, but I thought some other folks may be interested to see this too.
The pictures shown here are all 'Work in Progress' pictures !
First off my desktop while I'm working. It shows the piece I'm working on in the center. The reference picture is pinned to the left. The rest of the goodies is explained below.
Bottom left corner :
A closer look at the toolbox
and the right hand side of my workspace:
At the time of posting this, the cat is awaiting final tweaking, but I don't think it will change that much. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
And now of course I want to dive back in and draw some more...but first I need to clean the house! ;-) Drawing always works better in a clean environment!
Ps I used Ashampoo's 'Snap 4' to capture and label the screen shots for this post. The current version is 'Snap 6'
And a quick edit on December 30, to add the final image! Whoot!