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!

 

 

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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

Lizard Quay Painting

Lizard Quay Cornwall Boats Acrylic Painting

Lizard Quay

Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board  12 x 11 ins / 30 x 28 cm 

Unframed £ 275

Just finished this Cornwall painting of Lizard Point Quay. Love the way the rich textures of the stonework and the vibrant blue-green colours of the boats and sea turned out. It’ll be available shortly – please message me soonest via the Contact Form  if you’d like to reserve it.