Thursday, July 22, 2010
Did I mention it was hot?! I noticed, after my last post, that I've been complaining about the heat in nearly every post. Well, today we got cool air and rain - and what a relief! It wasn't so long ago I would have loved that heat and non-stop sunshine but not any more. I guess I spent too many years in the Middle East and the novelty wore off! (Actually, it's probably old age but I prefer the other version...)
Anyway, last weekend, when it was still baking, I painted these lovely berries, sitting at the kitchen table. I don't buy a lot of cut flowers but just at the moment there are some really interesting things around. I bought an unusual bunch which included these and set about painting them. Trouble is, the heat gets to me as quickly as it does the flowers so I only got one little painting done before everything faded. I planned to do three or four little sketches of the different flowers but spent too much time trying to rescue this one. I really enjoyed the berries and their lovely little leaves, but the two larger leaves are a bit of a disaster! I knew I should have just left them unfinished in pencil to highlight the berries, but I thought I needed the practice. A lot of layers later, and they are just about presentable but I really should have planned ahead, done one thing or the other, not piled on wash after wash and completely over-worked them. Then I got a bit of staining blue paint on my finger which I transferred to the paper and had to do a blue background to cover it up!
Not that it's a big deal - this is another page in my little Moleskine that has now become a sort of plant diary. I like that a theme is developing but it's also where I'm trying out things and learning so I'm not too worried about the end results.
I don't normally worry about the names of things either but I was interested to find out more about where these are from, and having got the name, I realise we have some growing in the garden! I'm not sure we have the same variety but I shall be checking to see what the berries look like when it's finished flowering!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It was my birthday a few weeks ago. Normally I do a post about the art books I ordered but this year it's been so incredibly hot, I haven't had the energy. I do want to highlight one of the treats that arrived in my letterbox though as these are extra special! These are two of Andrea Joseph's Molezines and the word that came to mind as I opened the envelope and saw these was 'exquisite'! They really are beautiful little works of art!
Monday, July 05, 2010
Two pages of drawings in as many days is surely a record for me! It was a busy day of sports so I broke off to watch the Moto GP and the Wimbledon final during this. A good day for the Spanish, I wonder if they will make it a hat-trick and win the World Cup too?
Saturday, July 03, 2010
It's much too hot for sitting and painting in the garden now, so bits of the garden are being brought in to paint instead! The Chinese Jasmine is one of my favourites, not for the flowers or fragrance but for the colour of the leaves. They are mostly green but the odd one turns bright orange/red and it's such a striking effect. There are quite a few on the turn now so I have plenty of material.
This was painted in a small watercolour Moleskine using mainly Schmincke's beautiful Translucent Orange mixed with varying amounts of red and May Green with hints of Indigo and washes of lemon yellow.