Friday, 29 September 2017

Paint Party Friday - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

My clip-on LED light arrived. It arrived on time, which I was really pleased about (I hate waiting for stuff to be delivered). It fits neatly onto the side of my desk and casts a nice cool light onto whatever I'm working on. I definitely needed one. Sometimes I draw late at night when I can't get to sleep, and even during the day, with Autumn well and truly set-in, the house light just isn't enough at times.

I haven't stopped drawing for days and I think it shows in my work. My lines are bolder, more confident, and I'm more aware of what my pen can and can't do. 

My daughter approached me the other day and told me she enjoyed looking through my sketchbook. One thing bothered her though - "All your drawings are sort of the same. I mean," she said, "this whole sketchbook is full of drawings of flowers." 

She is right. I've filled a sketchbook with drawings of flowers or flower-like drawings. I enjoy drawing flowers. I love nature and to me nothing is more beautiful than a flower. Humankind can build  skyscrapers, can invent technological wonders and can even travel to the moon, but nothing mankind has ever done or ever  will do will ever equal the natural beauty of a flower. Well, that's what I think.  I explained all this to my daughter, but she didn't get it. Well, she's only a kid. She'll catch on someday.

Also, when I draw I tend to focus on one subject for quite some time. I find that repeating drawings or drawing the same subject from a different angle really helps improve my drawing. Next week, or whenever I run out of ideas for flowers, I might move onto patterns or trees or buildings; whatever takes my fancy. 

Anyway, here's my drawing for Paint Party Friday. It's the one pictured above under my new light, only I've coloured it in with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I haven't used colouring pencils for a while. I enjoyed doing this though. It was a bit like being back at school. 

Have a great weekend. 


This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Up Late

Just a short post today, to display something I did last night. It was quite late and the light was awful. I've one of those clip-on LED lights ordered, which I should be able to position quite easily on my desk. It's supposed to be arriving tomorrow. The sooner the better, I say. I hate waiting for stuff to be delivered. One feels so disappointed when things don't arrive on time. Anyway, here's hoping it will. 

The image looks better if you click on it.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Letting Loose

I've been getting a bit carried away on the creative front these past few days. At the weekend I don't get as much time as I'd like to get out my sketchbook and pens, but here's something I put together last night while the rest of the family were glued to the television screen. You'll have to excuse the quality of the second image. I used my scanner, which really has seen better days. I need to get a new one, but that'll have to wait till after Christmas. I like to spoil everyone as much as I can at the festive season, especially my daughter, so funds will be a bit low until it's all over.

Anyway, here's the latest drawing from my sketchbook. I think the images look better if you click on them.

Strange Places. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Paint Party Friday - Down Doodlin'

It's been a funny old week. On Monday I had a hospital appointment, which went better than expected. My condition hasn't got any worse, but it hasn't got any better either. A bit of a stalemate I suppose. But at least I'm alive and kicking. There is always someone worse off than yourself. One only has to watch the news bulletins to figure that one out. 

On Tuesday a friend (I use the term loosely), called round. I'd left one of my sketchbooks sitting on the table and my friend asked if he could take a look. After viewing my drawings he decided to go into a full-on verbal assault about how art was a waste of time, unless doing it could generate some cash, and about how foolish I was to even consider that I could earn some money from any of my artwork, especially at my age. (I'm not that old, I promise you. I have a young family to prove it). The thought of earning money from my art had never really crossed my mind. I do my art for the pleasure it gives me to create something that no-one else has and because the act of creating relieves my anxiety. My 'friend' could not get that into his head and he left my home mumbling something about art is all just nonsense. He will not be invited back.

My 'friend's' attitude completely knocked me for six, but the next day I got up and began drawing again. I'm really into the zentangle thing at the moment, and I think I have become so determined to succeed following my 'friend's' comments that I haven't stopped sketching and drawing all week. In fact, he has angered me so much that I'm going to keep up this increased output. It takes 10,000 hours to get really good at something, so the experts say. I'll do all I can to meet that and who knows someday I might even sell one of my drawings. 

Here's a small selection of the work I produced this week. Hope you like them. 

Happy PPF. 


This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Paint Party Friday - Shoe Sketches

I've been a bit busy this week, so I thought I'd post these sketches of one of my shoes. I like drawing with pen. I think the contrast of black ink against white paper is quite striking. 

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Paint Party Friday - Sunset Over The City

I've been doing a lot of pencil drawing this week. Sometimes I think it's good to get back to basics and just sit down with a sketchbook and and a few pencils.  I've decided to post this small, colourful drawing I did a few weeks ago while the rest of the family were watching television. I find very little to interest me on television, so I usually take up position in my favourite armchair with a few pens and some watercolour pencils. It's much more fulfilling to create something in the evening instead of watching the soaps or the latest 'reality' television show. I really don't see the point. 

Anyway, here's my post for PPF. Hope you like it. 

 6" x 4 1/2". Ink and watercolour pencil.

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

Monday, 4 September 2017

First Post

Starting any new project is always a touch daunting. It's difficult to know where to begin. But I've decided to jump in at the deep end and just start posting. So here's a small painting to start. 

It's 3" x 2 1/2", watercolour and ink on watercolour paper.