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A Drawing A Day – Week 38

Finally this week all our possessions have been gathered together again under one roof so to speak.  With the collection of the hand cart (don’t ask!) from its temporary resting place we can now see the full size of our stuff problem.  It is not as bad as I thought and over time the stuff will be tamed and cut down in size.

Well my colour mojo is back, now that my table is set up and my coloured pencils are out I have no excuses.  My coloured pencil skills have become a little rusty but it is such fun to be in colour again.

259 Acorn

259 Acorn

260 Oak Leaf

260 Oak Leaf

261 Pansy 1

261 Pansy 1

262 Pansy 2

262 Pansy 2

263 Pansy 3

263 Pansy 3

264 Spindle berries

264 Spindle berries

265 Hawthorn berries

265 Hawthorn berries

A Drawing A Day – Week 37

Another skimpy post this week…………………. I am at a loss to where my days go, and so quickly too.

252 Washing line and water butt

252 Washing line and water butt

253 Cyclamen 1

253 Cyclamen 1

254 Cyclamen 2

254 Cyclamen 2

255 Cyclamen 3

255 Cyclamen 3

256 Cyclamen 4

256 Cyclamen 4

257 Cyclamen 5

257 Cyclamen 5

258 Cyclamen Leaf

258 Cyclamen Leaf

A Drawing A Day – Week 34

Gradually the swirling piles of possessions are beginning to settle, and this place is beginning to feel like home.  I have been disorientated in the early mornings when I fail to recognise the ceiling in my new bedroom and wonder where I am.  I have little moments when it dawns on me that someone else is living in ‘my house’ and I have vivid memories of the old place, strengthened I suspect by the sketches I made.  All this said, I am happy in the new house and this week I even unearthed my coloured pencils and gave them an airing.

Here are my drawing for Week 34 – I continue to be amazed that I have continued this project for so long, I guess it has become a habit…..

231 Table and Chair

231 Table and Chair

232 Autumn Leaf

232 Autumn Leaf (or should I say August leaf)

233 Variegated Leaf

233 Variegated Leaf

234 Felting Group

234 Felting Group

235 Wonky Shed

235 Wonky Shed

236 Feet

236 Feet

237 Chaos in the Workroom

237 Chaos in the Workroom

A Drawing a Day – Week 19

This week my week was frittered away with spring cleaning and gardening, it is amazing how the bright sunshine shows the grime and dust, so I have been shamed into putting my rubber gloves on and getting down and dirty!  We have had rain and warmth at last and the garden has responded by bursting into growth, at least the weeds have.  I spent an hour doubled over a flower bed and filled a wheelbarrow with weeds – how come they are so much quicker off the mark than the flowers I really want.  Mind you some of the weeds are beautiful, I just love Herb Robert and always leave a few plants to flower and seed around the place.  I just love self seeded plants, I try and be a low impact gardener, hence my garden is always a little shaggy around the edges.  I was due to go to London to see an exhibition of coloured pencil drawings but my train was cancelled due to a ‘fatality’ further down the line, some poor soul could not cope any more, it made me sad to think that this person had no other option and I felt for the poor train driver too – so sad.

126 Cerinthe

126 Cerinthe

127 Corner of Bedroom

127 Corner of Bedroom

128 View into bedroom and down the stairs

128 View into bedroom and down the stairs

129  Clematis

129 Clematis

130 Clematis leaf

130 Clematis leaf

131-2 Standing woman

131-2 Standing woman

131-3 Woman Seated

131-3 Woman Seated

131-1 Standing woman

131-1 Standing woman

132 Bit of Beam

132 Bit of Beam

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 16

My theme has been tulips this week (and last week), tulipomania has struck the depths of Suffolk.  I only have one clump of tulips in the garden and I sacrificed them all for the sake of Art.  I have not been finding the the time to do ‘botanicals’ what with ‘a drawing a day’ and the rest of life intervening so this week I combined them with my series of tulip drawings.  I am also happy that life drawing classes have resumed although not so happy that they are in the evening as I am already tired before I even start.  Still a new teacher (Ed Cooper) made for a change of ideas and I ended up doing one drawing left-handed – a very interesting experiment.  I also produced a shockingly bad picture of my house which looks like a baby drew it, the proportions are so wrong its laughable, I seem to have an issue with consistency……sometimes I feel I am improving and then bang!

105 Tulip

105 Tulip

106 Same Tulip different view

106 Same Tulip different view

107 Tulip again

107 Tulip again

108 Sitting Room

108 Sitting Room

109 Upstairs landing

109 Upstairs landing

110-1 Seated woman

110-1 Seated woman

110-2 Standing woman

110-2 Standing woman

110-3 Drawn lefthanded

110-3 Drawn lefthanded

111 Cottage

111 Cottage

A Drawing a Day – Week 9

I seem to be going backwards this week, it has been a struggle to get pencil to paper and to get mind frame into gear.  The sixty drawing landmark was passed this week, only 305 to go as my dear husband said, what it is to have support from your nearest and dearest – ha ha!

56/365 Office Chair 2

56/365 Office Chair 2

57/365 Easter Cactus

57/365 Easter Cactus

58_1/365 Life Drawing

58_1/365 Life Drawing

58_2/365 Life Drawing 2

58_2/365 Life Drawing 2

59/365 Arghh chair

59/365 Arghh chair

60/365 Scribbly chair

60/365 Scribbly chair

61/365 Daffs 1

61/365 Daffs 1

62/365 Daffs 2

62/365 Daffs 2

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.

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.

Using colour

Still working with Wendy Hollender’s book ‘Botanical Drawing in Color’ I copied two of her drawings to try out her limited colours.  I tried a tulip, which I just drew out really quickly with graphite pencil and then coloured in following her step by step instructions.

Copy of Wendy Hollender tulip drawing

Then I followed the instructions for a bunch of crabapples.

Copy of bunch of crabapples by Wendy Hollender

 

What I really noticed, was that she uses a much freer and more ‘sketchy’ way of applying the pencil to the paper, and looking closely at her images I can see individual pencil lines.  This method is much quicker than trying to eliminate all traces of the makers mark which is how I have been doing things previously.

I then went on to experiment with an original drawing of my own of a Pomegranate.

Coloured pencil drawing of a pomegranate by Sue Hagley

Now this was really fun to do, I loved building up the layers of colour, I loved the ‘scribbly’ speed of working and the texture left behind by working quickly and more intuitively.  I also like the depth and variety of colour.

So now, how to progress?  Hmmmmm………I guess it will resolve itself as I start into the second year of my blog and my more focussed attention on drawing.  I have more or less decided that I will commit myself to doing a drawing a day for 2015….and have reviewed Frederick Franck’s guidelines ‘The Awakened Eye’ from my post way back in June.

 

A week of study – colour theory

Now that the new pencils are sorted and organised I have been able to follow up some suggestions that interested me in the book ‘Botanical Drawing in Color’ by Wendy Hollender.  She suggests a very limited palette of colours (just 20) from which you should be able to draw most plants.

Given that I am now the owner of over a 100 coloured pencils I was interested to try out her methods.  Her starting point is the primary colours red, blue and yellow and she chooses a warm red and a cool red, ditto with the blue and the yellow – so six primary colours.  She then adds the secondary colours purple, orange and green (two greens).  Then dark colours – sepia, indigo, red violet and another green, then four earth tones.  Lastly white and cream for tints, highlights and burnishing.

She comments ‘ With the exception of the three greens, I have chosen colors that will give me the brightest possible hue.  This is important because you can always dull a color, but you cannot make one brighter.  With the greens I have departed from this theory because really bright greens are rarely found in nature. If ever you need a really bright green, you can mix it with the appropriate yellow and blue…..’

I followed along from Wendy’s book and made myself a colour wheel with twelve hues from the six primary colours; a value bar using sepia depicting nine values from very pale to very dark; an intensity bar with five steps from bright to very dull; and colour bars blending complementary colours together to make dull/brownish tones and colours.

Experiments from 'Botanical Drawing in Color' Wendy Hollender

My swatches

Lastly I followed her guidance and created colour blends using primary colours.
To make orange:
1.  bright clear colour both primaries lean towards the colour being made  i.e. a warm (yellowish) red and a warm (reddish) yellow = bright orange
2. mid intensity colour where only one of the primaries leans towards the colour being made (i.e warm (yellowish) red and cool (blueish) yellow = mid intensity orange or cool (blueish) red and warm (reddish) yellow = mid intensity orange
3. dull muddy colours where both of the primaries lean away from the colour being made (i.e. cool (blueish) red and cool (blueish) yellow
(greens and purples are made in the same way – just using the appropriate primaries in each case)

I must say I sat and scratched my head over all this, and had to turn the radio off for a while so that I could concentrate!  However I think I have it now and below are the swatches I created.  I am amazed at the variety of colours and am happy that I now have a small roll of twenty pencils that I can take out with me and know that I should in theory be able to draw almost anything.

Orange colour swatches

Orange colour swatches

Green colour swatches

Green colour swatches

Purple colour swatches

Purple colour swatches

Earlier this week I posted my picture with the purple berries from last week to a Facebook group called Botanical Art for Beginners.  I have been lurking around this group for some months now, not having the courage to post any of my drawings, but finally I decided to take the plunge.  I received 124 likes and 24 people added supportive comments and suggestions, I was really touched and pleased; social media sometimes gets a bad press but it is wonderful to be able to connect with other artists in the same field as there are not many local to where I am (or at least I don’t know of any).