Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
I have been away from home for four days and one of them was spent visiting the Norfolk village of Little Walsingham, where there are ruins of an Augustian Priory dating from the 1150's, which thousands of pilgrims visit from all over the world every year. !! Above is the enormous East Window, with the 1930's Church and tower of the Anglican Shrine to our Lady of Walsingham in the background (red roof/tower)... and an image of another aspect of the ruined priory on the left. It must have been a collosal building.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Firstly I could not add Vicki (http://vickigreene.blogspot.com/ ) nor
Angela Shogren (http://angelashogren.blogspot.com/) both of whom I found recently as they were both in Rhonda's list!! but do go over and take a peep. I tell you they're well worth it.
Now to my listing - I know a number of them are so professional and well visited and thought of that they might find an award like coals to Newcastle (English saying meaning sending things they already have in abundance!) but I love their work and blogs so much I simply could not leave them out:
1 Sandy (http://sandymaudlin.blogspot.com/) lots of her posts give the process of her wonderful work and the teachings are so helpful. She introduced me to YUPO amongst other things.
2 Margaret (http://waterblossoms.blogspot.com/) not only is her work outstanding but she adds quotations and poems to her posts. Delightful.
3 Robyn (http://havedogswilltravel.blogspot.com/) Robyn is an Australian who went to Italy for a visit and stayed (dont blame her seeing she now lives in wonderful Tuscany).
These next few are newer blogs to me but have fallen in love with all their work and so glad I found them:
4 Jacqueline (http://jacquelinegnot.blogspot.com/) her blog is called Contemporary Realism and that is just what you get - gobsmacking beautiful watercolour flower studies.
5 Carol (http://watercolourcarol.blogspot.com/ ) amazing use of watercolours - and those naughty lady swimmers!
6 Cathy (http://asketchintime.blogspot.com/) Cathy is in South Africa and creates stunningly bright local sketches with amazing people.
Last but not least - in fact first in my book
7 ANITA (http://artbyanita.blogspot.com)/ my best pal, who introduced me to blogging and set me up just over a year ago. A true teacher, full of inspiration and the quickest sketcher in the business!
Thats it folks - I'll send my 7 favourite things in another post some time soon.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
As you may have read in some of my post comments, I have a problem with my left thumb (I'm left handed of course!!) and cannot grip a pen or pencil without severe pain and discomfort. .. but using a brush is so different. As I wanted to create at least one heart on this auspicious day in the year (have you seen Margaret Anne Storer's**** gorgeous lacy hearts all week?), I decided a brush would have to do.
So Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovers. Hope you get lots of chocs and roses girls.
(****For Margaret's lovely hearts go to http://waterblossoms.blogspot.com )
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
This is as far as I have got to date but have plenty of ideas, such as placing another bloom central bottom in place of the cave figures which should improve the composition and developing the Table Mountain reflection and city buildings more. I had originally planned the background to be the colour of the rock in the Cederberg Mountains but it has somehow gone a bit pink, so I need to work on that. Wish there was room for some ostriches or penguins I sketched, but I think it will make it too cluttered.
Monday, 9 February 2009
The invitation to post artwork of lighthouses came from Ray Monty (http://raymonty.blogspot.com/) . Maybe you have something to post to support his challenge. Do go and look at his wonderful photos.
Hopefully this image will enlarge with a click.My sketch is on a double spread in my moleskin book and was achieved with pen and wash while sitting on my jacket on the little (cold) path that ran round the back of the lighthouse and little cottage. Certainly didnt stay there long!!
Over to you Ray. .. just posted this little sketch to support your idea as I am sure others will post full size finished artworks.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Philippa used a set of graphitint pencils to create the porcelain Chinese/Japanese (?) Fisherman
Friday, 6 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Other things I worked on was reducing the size of the central tulip as it was overpowering and this change helped show more windmill and sky; making subtle changes in tone on the vase and the petals and leaves; getting a more 3D layered look by developing the stalk shadows on the vase and over the swing bridge. Then developing the style and tone of the buildings and removing their roofs, developing the canal boat and putting silver on the windmill blades.
I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see where it takes me from here. ... if anywhere!? I think it is really working for me - hurrah for zentangle practice.
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
So we discussed the idea of using my zentangle imagination to create a pair of canvas pieces to enter, as they definitely like to see more modern pieces than straightforward representation work. The selectors this year are from Kentucky Museum, Tate Liverpool, Norfolk and Norwich Visual Arts Festival and the magazine Galleries features Editor.
So yesterday I dug out two box canvases 16" x 16" from my store and started!!! Well before I knew it I was back to tulips as my last zentangle with Channais I posted recently. Then the thought came into my head about the connection with Amsterdam and the tulip fields. We spent a few days in Amsterdam one time when we visited our son and family and I took lots of photos by the canals as well as attending their 15 year Floriade . The photos are on my huge back up system, so chose a few to give me ideas of the special Dutch building designs to put in the background.
Stage one thin watered down acrylic washes