Starlings

Been working with pencils a bit lately,  tried working on coloured card , definitely too smooth, another lesson learned.

Teacups

 

 

My artclass had a rained off urban sketching lesson,  so we ended up back in the classroom with afternoon tea as a subject.

Not sue if this was going to be my thing but ended up enjoying making a painting even created a darker brio and ink wash drawing.

Rainy days not so bad.

 

Exhibition

 

The art group in my local village is having it’s summer exhibition, I am showing my Greenman tile and the drawing that was inspired by it, had some cards made to.

Not sure how I feel about selling my work, I seam to create a bit of a bond with it.

I guess someone has got to want to buy it first.

Faces

Still practicing my faces , trying different media and approaches in my sketchbook.

A daily face is a good project even if you don’t get to it everyday  you soon build a sketchbook of ideas.

Satisfying to leaf through it, and see your progress.

 

Colour pencils

Got some new colour pencils faber castell polycromos these are oil based and are wonderful for blending,  using two or three colours together gives some wonderful results.

Spent six two hour sessions  adding colour to my green man drawing very relaxing I can see why folks like these colouring books.

 

 

Clay and beyond

Had a go with clay at my art class, the idea was to make a tile to hang in the garden, we made the tiles and then glazed them.

I was not happy with the glazing so I ended up painting it with acrylics.

Thought I would create a design based on my tile, not coloured it yet but I have made copies to share round the class, looking forward to see what others make of it.

 

Life

Had a nice life drawing session today. It was great to get messy with charcoal and chalk again.

Thanks to  Alice Ellis-Hayle for putting on the class.

 

 

Siamese

I like to try new things, here I am using a canvas sheet, it comes in a pad, there are plenty of different makers and sizes, the one I have used is from Loxley and is 18″ x 14 ” in size.

The surface is a little smoother than regular canvas but still nice to paint on., with drying time much the same.

Well worth a go if you fancy trying a new surface.

The picture is titled Siamese it s part of my circus project and a nod to a circus act known as the Siamese twins.

 

Ink

New year and a new thing to master, if that’s what you can call it.

I have a new Rotaring  art pen, takes cartrages of ink (not waterproof), I need to see if I can get other types or refillable ones.

I thought this would be good for my sketching, it makes you think more about your lines there is no going back, when it’s down it’s down.

A few faces from my daily efforts using my new weapon.

 

More Heather

My last painting of my art class friend, was just a lead in to this painting.

I planned to make two pictures and to have a go at a large (large for me) canvas. This picture is 18 x 24.

I wanted to make this about the subject, so I have used Heathers paintings for the background and included her painting shirt and some of her own hand crafted jewellery

After not liking the acrylic ground used on my last picture I had already added it to this canvas so had to go with it, I used charcoal instead of the acrylic pen for my sketch.

I am living with it for a while as I think it is finished but I might just work the shadow side of the face some more, does it need to be darker? I cannot decide.