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.
Beeny Cliffs, Boscastle – Colour Sketch
I’m on the move to a new home and busy packing up. Came across some of my old sketchbooks: it was so good looking through them, and it passed a happy hour when I should have been packing! I’ve filled hundreds of sketchbooks over the years, but I don’t keep them all: space issues and fairly frequent moves make that impractical. So I keep the special ones – those packed full of goodness, or those which bring back a special time, perhaps a holiday or a turning point.
And curiously, I came across the sketch below, from 2005, which is to be the view from my new house. I can’t wait!
St Materiana Church, Tintagel – Sketchbook Drawing
Coast, Boscastle – Sketchbook Study, Pen & Watercolour
Bright skies yesterday, with wonderful warm sunshine.
One day sun, next day rain…
Hope you’re having a happy Sun-day!
Drawing of Stile on Cornwall coast path, Tintagel castle
Only time to post a quick drawing this week. No time for painting, alas, or walking. Just toiling for the man. But next week – ah, I will be strolling in the sunshine!
Hope you enjoy your weekend.
‘Shore’ – Pencil drawing on paper ( 16.6×18 ins / 42×46 cm )
Here’s one of my drawings from a while back. Still one of my favourites. It’s pretty abstracted, but it always reminds me of rocks and the flotsam on the shore, so I gave it a title. Maybe I’ll get around to framing it sometime (the frame here is virtual, not real, alas.) It’s quite a large drawing, and I’d really like to do some more like that. I’ve just ordered some large size heavyweight paper, so maybe I will.
I’m taking part in an exhibition by my art group – Gwynngala – over the Easter weekend at Cowslips Studio, Launceston, North Cornwall . There’ll be paintings and quilts and textile art (including some new work of mine!). They have a wonderful cafe with excellent food, too. Worth a visit.
Tintagel Old Post Office – Pen & Ink Drawing in Progress
Have made good progress this week with many art-related things, including the series of drawings of the Old Post Office at Tintagel, continued from here. It’s a lovely building, but very irregular, having evolved over the centuries. So it tends to look as if you’ve drawn it ‘wrong’ unless you straighten it up a bit!
Have a good weekend.
Tintagel Old Post Office
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!