Trebarwith and Beyond – Colour Sketch (11×8 ins/ 28×20 cm)
Sorry for the break – it’s been a time of sporadic posting lately. I’ve been doing some translating, which I love! I’ve translated a chapter of a new German book into English, no less! So the painting has taken a back seat. But I’m back now. I’m exhibiting in a group show with Art of Gwynngala in mid-April and hoping to have an Open Studio event in May, so will need to have some paintings ready for then.
I came across this sketch while doing some clutter clearing yesterday. It was done en plein aire, one summer’s day, from above Trebarwith beach in Cornwall. I’ve come across some lovely little sketches in the archives. So I’ll post them here over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy them.
And belated happy Women’s Day for yesterday.
Bude Sea Pool Painting – detail of Work In Progress
The Bude painting I’m working on at the moment is the view across the beach to the Bude Sea Pool, and beyond to Lundy Island. A beautiful vista. I want to capture the light and brightness of an early summer day, with the promise of heat to come. Sand, sea, sun and peace. Maybe you’ll be able to hear the seagulls.
Here’s a little detail – it’s a work in progress, so can’t show the whole painting just yet. Soon, though, soon…
We’re having fabulous weather here. Hope you are too, and that you’re enjoying your weekend.
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
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.