Sombre

Sunflower Flower ink Drawing

In sombre mood today.

The passing of someone dear.

Just to let you know I’ll be moving house over the next few weeks, and without internet, so blogging may be intermittent. Please bear with me. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Once a week on a Friday. Or thereabouts. I’m an artist – what can I say?

Thanks for your interest and support – I really appreciate it.

Hope you have a good weekend. I’ll be out doing some walking.

Boscastle Beeny Cliffs Watercolour Sketch

Beeny Cliffs, Boscastle – Colour Sketch

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Boscastle Coast Sketch

Drawing Boscastle Cornwall Coast Sea

Boscastle Coast Plein Aire Sketch

Love the colours on this one. And it takes me back to sitting on the cliffs, being buffeted by the breeze, and enjoying the wonderful views and coastline here. I can almost hear the seagulls…

 

Painting the blue, blue sea

Boscastle Cornwall Cliffs Sea coast blue painting

South of Boscastle

Mixed Media Painting by Anita Langham

Today was this sort of day – an icecream and sunshine and lazing kind of day.

Hope you have a lovely, lovely weekend.And if you’re lucky enough to be in Cornwall, pop into the Wellington Hotel Boscastle for a cold Korev or Rattler, and take a look at my paintings (including the one above) upstairs in the Minstrels Gallery.

 

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Boscastle Tower – A Series?

Boscastle Cornwall Lookout Tower Langdscape Drawings paintings

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!

 

 

Celebrating Five Years Blogging – and a Giveaway!

Boscastle Tower Sunset Signed Landscape Print from Original Painting

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!

Cheers!

Sketching on a cold winter’s day

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

Derwent Inktense Blocks