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!
The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!
Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!
The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.
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.
Sifting through my photos on a rainy afternoon, selecting some for a Very Exciting new project! Thought you might like to see some.
The artist is recovering and will be back at her easel shortly.
And some good news – I’ve been chosen to join the Gwynngala group. Feeling very honoured and pleased.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Didn’t have time to post these before putting up my exhibition, and I’ve been very busy ever since. So – now – here are some of my paintings in their beautiful new frames, now hanging in splendour in the lovely Wellington Hotel in Boscastle.
I’ve previously had only white frames, but am moving towards having different colours. I think the frames above work well, though the fact that there are different frames does make hanging an exhibition a little more difficult, in that there’s one more thing to consider. But I guess it’s not so different from a group show, where there tends to be a mix of frames and treatments. I wonder if it matters to the person buying the painting?