Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Drawing a Day – Week 4

Well I will say that the weeks are passing with astonishing swiftness – week 4 already.  Not much more to say except I have managed so far to keep on track genuinely making time to do one drawing a day whatever happens – so I am feeling a sense of achievement in my persistence if not always for the drawings.

21-365 Winter Aconite

21-365 Winter Aconite

22-365 Wonky Chair 1

22-365 Wonky Chair 1

23-365 Wonky chair 2

23-365 Wonky chair 2

24-365 Liz sewing & Gay drinking tea

24-365 Liz sewing & Gay drinking tea

25-365 Twig

25-365 Twig

26-365 Washing basket

26-365 Washing basket

27-365 Bowl of Oranges

27-365 Bowl of Oranges

 

 

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A Drawing a Day – Week 3

Well I’m keeping up with the daily drawing but it is impacting on my other drawing……..it seems that I can only manage so much drawing a week, but I am enjoying the discipline of having to go upstairs and sit down and draw, in fact I look forward to it.  It has been helpful recently to have an activity that can stop my mind thinking about STUFF! Drawing brings its own concentration and intensity and there is no room for anything else and that is a blessing and relief. I am noticing too the turning of the year, although at the moment it is bitterly cold, spring is not far away and the plants are showing this to me.  The snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are all back, my winter friends – I draw them every year (note to self….dig out the old drawings and see if I have made any progress, or maybe not….. I might be very disappointed………..).

14-365 Holly

14-365 Holly

15-365 Holly

15-365 Holly

16-365 Seated woman

16-365 Seated woman

17-365 Hellebore

17-365 Hellebore

19-365 Hellebore

19-365 Hellebore

 

18-365 Hellebore

18-365 Hellebore

20-365 Winter Aconite

20-365 Winter Aconite

Link to the group page – group is now nine

A Drawing a Day – Week 2

Not going to write too much in these posts but just to say that two weeks have now been completed, yay!  I went to see ‘The Radical Nude’ at the Courtauld on Saturday and wow, wow, wow that Egon Schiele guy really knew how to draw the figure (even if some of them were rather radical and rude).  The way he wandered his line around the human form was truly amazing.  Sadly he died really young at 28, in the great 1918 flu epidemic.

7-365 Squash

7-365 Squash

8-365 Pears

8-365 Pears

9-365 Man sitting

9-365 Man sitting

10-365 Bottles at Tate

10-365 Bottles at Tate

 

11_365 Ivy

11_365 Ivy

12-365 Ivy2

12-365 Ivy2

13-365 Holly

13-365 Holly

Bromeliad almost finished and classes started

This week has felt really busy but I can’t really define anything particular that I have done, just the same old, same old.  On the botanical art front I have almost finished the Bromeliad drawing, I just need to tidy up the raggedy edges and clean up the smudges on the paper.  I am pleased with the way it turned out, given that it was a different way of working for me, I worked directly from the plant onto ‘good’ paper and then coloured without paying much attention to finish and used the limited colour palette of twenty pencils that I have written about before.

Detail of Bromeliad

Detail of Bromeliad

This image clearly shows that you can see the individual pencil marks, which for this type of stringy leafy plant are quite suitable.

Finished Bromeliad

 

The finished drawing…………onto the next one.  Looking around the garden, my eye has been caught by the Bergenias that are looking really lush and glossy at the bottom of the garden.  They have big dark fleshy leaves and bright pink flowers (not in evidence yet), so I think they will be my next project.

The drawing a day project with six other women has taken off, and now our page is proliferating with images and everyone is very enthusiastic, it makes such a difference to ‘all be in it together’, supporting and encouraging each other.

I started a life drawing class this week, heavens above, life drawing is hard!  I sat and produced the most utterly embarrassing rubbish sketches of my life.  The only consolation is that I can only get better.

Drawing a Day – Week 1

Drawings 1 – 6, there’s a long way to go until 31st December 2015…….. but here’s the start……

1-365 Catkins

1-365 Catkins

2-365 More Catkins

2-365 More Catkins

3-365 Pine Cone

3-365 Pine Cone

4-365 Pine Cone

4-365 Pine Cone

5-365 Pine Cone

5-365 Pine Cone

6-365 Honesty

6-365 Honesty

Draws Shoots and Leaves – 2015

I spent an hour going through my posts from the last year, reading about my activities and thought – how soon we forget!

The new year has dawned and our new project is underway, but as I write this (01/01/2015) I am the sole person who has posted a drawn image on our 365 Drawings for 2015 group site.  As I talked to friends, several people expressed an interest in joining in, so it is not just me!  During the run up to the challenge I have managed to draw every day and it has been really helpful knowing that if I did not post an image, then I might disappoint Maggie who was also doing a practice run up.

I was given a Bromeliad for my birthday and this was the subject of several of my drawings and the colours and shapes are so dramatic I thought it would make a good winter subject – the reds and greens will cheer me up.

Bromeliad

Bromeliad

I found it difficult to draw and with the stem running through the centre difficult to see.

Bromeliad 2

Bromeliad 2

However the complicated shape made it fun and interesting.  With the final drawing, I thought, just go for it, so I just started on good paper directly with coloured pencil (usually I do a careful drawing then trace and transfer to good paper).  Using Wendy Hollender’s limited palette of 20 pencils and her direct way of image making I have launched myself into a drawing – and ran out of paper; my drawing is just a gnat’s bollock (s’cuse my French) from the top of the sheet – doh! Still, the drafting is OK so I’m ignoring that and finishing the piece.

Bromeliad in colour

Bromeliad in colour

These images show the start of the drawing and I have only lightly blocked in the colours and shadows.  Looking at the image now though, I can see all the drafting mistakes, I read somewhere that this was a good way of spotting errors, shame I have already done so much as I can see something I would really like to fix (and I think I know how to fix it).

Bromeliad in colour

Bromeliad in colour

At Christmas my sons told me that they read my blog, that they liked it and that they had shown it to their friends, I was surprised as in some weird way I thought this blog was just me musing away to a few (distant) folks. They have never posted a comment………..so this is a request to any of you out there that read this, drop me a note once in a while to let me know that you are there………….Happy New Year.