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.

 

32 comments:

  1. Just painting flowers sounds like paradise. Enjoy our new lamp. Wonderful, colourful work. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie-Jael, and thank you for commenting. Painting or drawing flowers is paradise to me.

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  2. Hello John, beautiful creative artwork indeed. I love the boldness of your flowers and the shapes. Gorgeous colours too.
    Being able to draw/paint in the small/early hours with proper lighting is a wonderful thing and is so much better than resorting to other means to try and get some sleep.
    You obviously enjoy what you do and it's lovely to see your work. Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Sue. Thank you for commenting. Glad you like my piece. Yes, having some decent light definitely makes a difference.

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  3. I think the value of revisiting a topic is immense. I'm pretty much the opposite. I bounce all over the place and find it hard to concentrate my interest on one subject for very long (the only reason I'm hung up on stamping at the moment is because of the workshop in October, wait until that is finished and watch the topic wander again) - I think if I was a kid at school now, I'd probably be diagnosed with ADHD.

    But if you can stick to a subject, you can delve into it thoroughly. You can gain the ultimate knowledge of how that subject works. I have knowledge of many different things, but it is also shallow knowledge - I will never be absolutely fantastic at one thing. If you focus, you will gain that fabulousness and become an expert.

    I haven't coloured in with pencils in a very long time. Yay for doing art that you can colour in - you could create your own colouring in books.

    Great work as always, thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Very much appreciate your comment. I used to 'bounce all over the place,' too, but I have found that drawing, as well as helping my anxiety, also enables me to focus on one thing at a time. I enjoy going over and over a subject, it helps me improve and I can see the improvement. Never though of a colouring book, but it's something I will keep in mind.

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  4. *wow* this has become so beautiful with the colorful colors !!
    children see it differently as the adults since I give you to come right ..
    You will sometimes paint something else like flowers but as long as it irritates you paint the exercise makes the master it!
    Great that you have the lamp now and good light one needs.
    nice, creative weekend I wish you,Elke

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    1. Hi Elke. Thank you for commenting. Children often think differently to adults, though in some ways that is a good thing. My lamp really does make it easier.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Regine. Very much appreciated.

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  6. Of course it is great to see your lovely flower paintings. I'm sure some day you want to paint something else, too 😃
    Happy weekend ❣

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    1. Hi, sirkkis. Thank you for commenting. I'm glad you like my flowers and I'm sure I'll get round to drawing and painting something else - someday.

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  7. I think your flowers are so cool! I really like intricate designs in black and white and these are fabulous. The colours look amazing too. I'm a flower painter as well. Actually, it's basically all I seem to paint for work! But there's just something about flowers that makes us artists want to paint them.

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    1. Thank you, SLScheibe, for taking the time to comment. I adore flowers. I just want to draw and paint them all the time. I actually prefer my drawing in black and white. I like the contrast of black ink and white paper, but it's nice to add some colour now and then.

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  8. You have a strong archetype - nature. You cannot fight it :) If your interested I wrote a blog post on it http://inthehillsofnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/search?q=archetype

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    1. Hi, Sandee Setliff. Thank you for commenting. In my freelance writing days I wrote loads about nature. I'll check out your post. I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it.

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  9. Beautiful flowers John and I like the idea of the led clip on light.

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    1. Hi, Christine. Thank you for commenting, glad you like them. The clip on light is just perfect for art.

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  10. Wow! John this is gorgeous! I think all artist tend to focus in on a subject until they are ready to move on. I love your flower art.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. I'm like that with most things I do. I focus on one thing until I can get it as perfect as I can then I move on. Glad you like my flowers.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, BestDayBlogger. Very much appreciated.

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  12. I so love flowers - I really should remember to include them more often in my own art. Yours are lovely :) Happy PPF from Number 32 :)

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    1. Hi, Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I think flowers make the perfect subject for all sorts of art.

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  13. John, your drawings are so beautiful. I doodle a lot of flowers too but not so neat and organized as yours. Love the colored in version.

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    1. Hi, Faye. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

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  14. Such beautiful flowers! It would brighten my day to open one of your sketch books. Happy PPF (on Sat.)

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    1. Hi, Susan. Thank you for your kind comment. Not all of my drawings turn as as I would like them, but it's a matter of going back and fixing the mistakes.

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  15. I truly admire artist who can draw and sketch, neither of which I can do. I think we all tend to stick to a subject or theme until our mind is ready to move on. These flowers are beautiful and bold, especially after being colored.

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    1. Hi, Diane. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Drawing and sketching is more a case of looking and going back and fixing the mistakes. Glad you like my flowers.

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  16. Such an enjoyable post!! I love flowers too!! Your artist soul wants what it wants,today it's flowers, tomorrow will be something new! Your flowers are gorgeous! I could see a greeting card line with these beauties!! It's wonderful that your daughter is interested!! Possibly the next artist in the family? Happy ppf!

    Peace Giggles

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    1. Thank you, Giggles, for commenting. My daughter spends a lot of time drawing, though not as much as she spends on her phone. What is it with kids and phones? Sign of the times I suppose. My flowers probably would suit a greeting card and I'm glad you like them.

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