Painting by numbers

When I started out trying to paint, I was convinced  someone could instruct me, I spent lots of time trawling through the internet and looking at books.

This term at my art class I was set a project to paint a self portrait from a set of instructions, with materials all mapped out, a step by step guide, just what i had been looking for.

Not sure  it was that successful just confirming what I now know, painting by numbers is a good way to learn but you need to find your own way.

The last few

The last few faces in my 2019 faces sketchbook, now looking for a new project for 2020.

 

Back to life

Found a great weekly life drawing session, run by 2 local artists.

They provide the models and tea and we get 2 hours of life drawing, I had forgotten just how exhausting  the concentration is.

Hope to make this a regular thing next year, you can’t beat drawing from life and I need to get better at it.

 

Sketching faces

Getting close to the last page of my sketchbook of faces.

This little selection are ink, tech pens and biro.

It’s been a great project hoping to fill my book before the end of the year (committed now)

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

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.