Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a theme
I’ve been thinking about painting in series this week, and making a little list of series that I’d like to do. Then, taking the photos for the post here, I was reminded of an idea I’ve had for a while, of making a year long series – drawing and painting a scene or motif throughout the year. Because when I head out to draw, I sometimes think I should draw something different, rather than the same old (even though it is beautiful). But when I get the drawings home, and see them all together like this, I realise they aren’t the same. The colours are different, and the weather, and the sky, and I’m different when I make them. And that makes the whole thing very interesting and worthwhile. So maybe I’ll do that this year – paint the little Tower, or something else, every week. And see the changes. Take time for that.
Many artists have also worked in series – here are some of my favourites:
Van Gogh – Sunflowers
Monet – Rouen Cathedral
Monet – Haystacks
and coincidentally there’s a new Monet exhibition this year at the National Gallery
AND – just a reminder – I’m offering a giveaway of a free print of the Boscastle Tower at Sunset. It ends tomorrow, so pop over to this post and ‘Like’ the post to be in with a chance of winning. Thank you to all who have already done so – and Good Luck!
Signed Limited Edition Print of ‘Boscastle Tower, Sunset’
which I’m giving away as a Thank You gift – see below!
I’ve just received Congratulations from the WordPress people on my Five Year Anniversary of Blogging. Wow! I hadn’t realised it was that long. And I just checked on my stats – 150 posts. Not bad. But – almost 80 finished paintings!! How awesome is that! I’m sure that without the blog, and the encouragement and support I found here, I wouldn’t have achieved that many, or perhaps any at all. And maybe I wouldn’t even still be painting. So thank you all – old-timers and newbies and everyone in between. I so appreciate your visiting here and taking the time to look at my work. And thank you for all the comments and likes, too. And now I have something for you.
As a BIG THANK YOU, I’d like to give away a signed limited edition print of the painting above to one of my lovely followers. It’s one of my favourites, so I hope you like it too.
All you have to do is ‘Like’ this post, and your name will be put in the hat. That’s all. Totally free, no catch. The lucky winner’s name will be drawn next Saturday.
Thank you once again – and here’s a toast. Cheers!
Actually, I was cheating! I was indoors, doing some little sketches from photos and generally playing. I wanted to try out my lovely new Inktense Blocks (by Derwent), which I was given for Christmas. I love that they’re a drawing medium, but that you can then wet them, at which point they become like paint. And then they dry, and you can draw over them again. So great possibilities for working back and forth. And unlike watercolour pencils, they don’t shift once they’re dry, so you can put other colours on top. I think they’ll be great for sketching outdoors – they’re very quick to use, light and easy to carry, and very versatile.
There’s a very useful demo at How to use Derwent Inktense Blocks
and you can also use them on fabric which I’m itching to try 🙂
See the demo here Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabric – Jackson’s Art Supplies
Very wet and windy here this weekend. These little watercolour drawings of windswept Cornish trees I did a little while ago seem to express the feeling of being blown about and weathering the storms. Batten down the hatches.
Hope you’re cosy and warm wherever you are.
Lovely moonrise and sunset yesterday – but at 4.30 pm! Managed to get out earlier this afternoon and do some drawing. Glorious.
Spent all yesterday morning ordering some business cards online from Helloprint – they were very patient with me! Think it was worth it, though – they arrived this morning. All ready for the Xmas fair in Bude on 11 Nov.
Beautiful day here, and beautiful sunset. Tinged with a certain sadness that next week it’ll be dark by 5 o’clock (and panic also – too few hours to paint in!). Maybe I’ll try to rise earlier, to have more useful daylight hours. The spirit’s willing, ahhh, but the flesh is not, I fear.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Just had time to pop out this afternoon and do a quick little plein air (open air) painted sketch. The weather was strange: the sun was shining on the foreground – the grass was a very bright lime green. Yet there was a dark blue-black sky near the horizon. Tried to capture that contrast here, before the light went. It was lovely to be out painting again. The flying ants were a bit of a nuisance, though!
Have a merry August Bank Holiday, if you’re in England, and wishing a good weekend to everyone else.