Sunday, 31 January 2010
ok maybe I do have one regret, it was that we weren't there for long enough. I got the feeling that even though we saw lots of the sights, we had barely scratched the surface of this beautiful city. This is a good excuse to visit again!!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Not very happy with my perfume bottles, I tried to capture the distortions in the glass, but this was done during my lunch break yesterday and was a bit rushed..
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
I used a wash with the ink on the bowls to try and get some different way of expressing light and shade, I think I was a little too hesitant and not bold enough.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
So, I had a great time with my sister and you are probably wondering what on earth the title of this post means!! Well, we went out yesterday for a good old girlie day, just me and my sister, and had a look around Corbridge (beautiful village in the Tyne Valley not far from where my sis lives and where we are going for a weeks hol very soon) and then we went off to Newcastle to have a look around a few galleries, Northern Print and The Biscuit Factory.
Then we came to a standstill, we were out to have a day sketching and didn't know where to start.... so we ended up playing a little game!! We didn't really want to venture out of the car for too long as it was sooo cold, so we played 'heads go right, tails go left' and drove around town for a couple of hours, stopping in random places and drawing what you see out of the window. We even set ourselves a different task for each stop, three and five min drawings, three pics from three different windows of the car (which was quite funny, as I got stuck between drivers seat and back seat - ok, have you seen how big a Ford Ka is???), swapping pens, continous line drawings, etc etc etc. You might think it all sounds a bit mad/sad but it was a right old laugh. We ended up at the Quayside in Newcastle, where we probably stayed a bit longer than we should have, in a parking spot we probably shouldn't have been in, but the views down there are something else!! And people watching was good fun too. I need more practice at drawing people, esp moving ones!! Will save that task for next time.
All in all, a great weekend, rounded off by seeing my nephew in his first pair of proper shoes!! And then a long drive home and a Sunday roast, and cuddles from my man and my dog!!
Friday, 15 January 2010
Can't believe its the weekend again. This one will be spent in the fab company of my sister, up in Northumberland, where we will be catching up, browsing a few galleries and small indie shop she has discovered, eating amazing food, and maybe doing a spot of drawing. I hope you enjoy yours!!
Thursday, 14 January 2010
And that got me thinking (i know I have done a lot of thinking today), about the spaces in between the things we do every day, and how if we just rationalise how we spend our time, minute by minute, we can make a few gaps here and there for the odd sketch. Before I started reading his book, I never thought I would have the time to sketch every day (I think maybe I was just a bit scared I couldn't do it anymore and was making a big fat excuse to myself) but in reality I have. So I hope that I can persuade any closet sketchers out there that even if you think you haven't time, just do a two minute ickle drawing each day, and hopefully this will lead to more!! Go on, I dare you, give it a try!!
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Ok, as you probably know, I'm trying to draw every day, and this one was done in my lunch hour yesterday. I felt under pressure, rushed and made a bit of a mess of my gorgeous shoes!! Maybe lunchtime would be better spent reading or doing short ten min sketches instead??
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Friday, 8 January 2010
It has been great to sit and draw without thinking of an end product, it really takes the pressure off and makes drawing a completely enjoyable and relaxing experience. So another lesson learned for me. Sometimes its good to not know where you are going and why, just enjoy the journey there and see where you end up.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Ta Dahhhh.... I started this yesterday and did my first drawing, of my little Canon Sureshot, and I'm pleased (and relieved) to say I can still draw. It just seems so long since I have picked up a pen and sat down and looked at something and drawn it, that I was wondering whether I could still do it, but like they say it's like riding a bike (just without the chafing!!) I'm pleased to say that you could tell what it was by the time I had finished. The book I have chosen is a beautiful square (approx 10x10inch) hardbacked 160gsm cartridge paper book which I bought from the Heaton Cooper Studio Shop in Grasmere. I have had one of these before in a smaller format and loved the paper. Also if any of you are in the vicinity of Grasmere, this is a fab art shop to visit.
It will be interesting to see how my drawings evolve during this journal. I am making a conscious effort to do at least one drawing a day, maybe with some text too. At the moment it all seems bright and shiny and new, and I still feel like I don't want to spoil the pristine pages, but hopefully soon I will feel at home, make a few mistakes, and spread out and make it mine.... Ooh, the endless possibilities....
As you may know I have a bit of a sketchbook obsession, so if you do fancy having a peek into someone elses sketchbook, check out Andrea Josephs Sketchblog, it's AMAZING!! This is something I aspire to!!