Mindful, creative living.

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. 

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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.