Sunday, September 18, 2016

Abandoned girl ...

Just a sketchy drawing which I think was done on oil sketch paper .. I recently found it on my computer and remembered that I actually did start to paint this one but abandoned it as I did not like the feel of the surface.  Surfaces are very important to me because I hate to have to struggle with them to get the paint to do what I want.  I have this image so I could probably give it another go I guess.  I have a new studio space which is a 'first' in my life.  It is just lovely and I love being in there when I can but so far have had little time to enjoy it.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Small sketch

Just a small sketch .. pastel pencil and some pastel on Fabriano Pastel paper .. Limited palette.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

An old painting and a new studio ..

I've been tidying up and sorting through some old work that has been hiding away in neglected folders.  This one .. 'Clare' .. is approx. 9" x 10" I think .. I've put it away again but should have measured it first. It's acrylic on canvas .. done some years ago.

The reason for the clean up is because I have suddenly been given a studio space in this old house. The room is quite large but has been neglected and in need of repair.  Most of the work has been done now and I have painted the walls etc.  I am going to paint the floor too so I think it will probably be ready in a couple of weeks.

It is about nine years since I did any serious painting (if it could be called serious) .. lol  But I have desperately wanted a painting space for a long time.  I expect that I will be doing lots of experiments with paint and I really feel like I will be starting like a beginner again as I am so out of touch with paint.  I hope to revive this blog with new work.

This image is looking out through the studio window at the back of the house.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Duchess

A little drawing done late at night after not drawing for quite a while. 'The Duchess' .. which may or may not resemble her!  Which Duchess?  you may ask!  There are no jewels or tiara's.  I feel this drawing is a bit 'basic' .. ie. not enough interest in the drawing technique which I put down to my lack of drawing of late.  However it made it here to my blog instead of the rubbish bin which means that it does possess  some qualities that I like and is therefore worthy of a place here .. because I am a harsh judge of my drawings.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Beatrice ..

After not drawing for months due to unstable health conditions I was determined to do something tonight.  This is the third attempt ... and is the way I usually start any sort of artistic endeavour.  Just a quick sketch but enough to capture the person and then work from there.  However, I was still not entirely happy with this so this version has been fiddled with digitally .. just slightly distorted to fit the page in a more dynamic way ... lol.   Please excuse my inadequacies of late .. hopefully my usual artistic abilities will return.  I should draw more often regardless of failures.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Caroline sketch ..

A quick starting sketch of Caroline .. I did continue on with it but I am finding it difficult to see at night so am not entirely happy with it so far .. I will look at it again in daylight and may finish it then. I'm afraid I may have to give away the midnight drawings ... which is a pity because I really enjoy dashing them off in the quiet of the night ... sigh! My most creative time of day.
I have been thinking of turning to paint which I can use during the day .. but paint has never been my friend so I know I will have to struggle with it at first ... my main problem is I have no where to set up for painting as I still have no studio space .. so it will be difficult but I will try to get started somehow.  My blunders will no doubt show up here on this blog.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quick Sketch ...

This evenings drawing almost hit the bin .. and still might.  So here it is harshly cropped it is still in the land of the living for the time being.