Monday, 24 August 2015

174. Jacqui's Meringue

Pilot G-Tec C4 water-soluble pen and Tombow brushpen
in Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5" (x2)

I had to sketch really fast so am very happy this came out correctly. Thank you Jacqui (and guests) for your patience while I sketched it.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

173. Workshop - Coniston, Lake DIstrict, Cumbria

Schmincke and Unison Soft Pastels
on Daler Rowney Murano Paper, 16" x 12"

I was privileged to do another workshop with the enigmatic and thoroughly enthusiastic Impressionist pastel artist, Eiko Yoshimoto, at the Mall Galleries last week. We work from a selection of our own photographs because she dislikes seeing students walk out with ten identical paintings at the end of the day where they've copied the tutor's demo. I took the photograph below whilst in the Lake District in Cumbria. (Eiko always insists I sign my name "properly, not just initials!")

If you ever get a chance to study with her, please do; her teaching style is unique as she teaches using stories and analogies which, of course, you remember more easily.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Saturday, 8 August 2015

171. Beach View 2 at Westcliffe-on-Sea

Staedtler 0.05 Pigment Liner,
Tombow brushpens and Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, 
in Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5" (x2)

Second of two sketches done today - the perfect day for a sketch. After we had lunch and had done a couple of walks, I turned 90 degrees clockwise from this morning's view and did this. The 'frame' in these two posts was formed by laying my sketchbook down on the pebbles on the beach.

170. Beach View 1 at Westcliffe-on-Sea

Staedtler 0.05 Pigment Liner,
Tombow brushpen, Neocolour II and Uni Pin 0.5 Fineliner pen
in Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5" (x2)

What a lovely day - fabulous friends, fabulous scenery, fabulous weather. Grateful!! This is sketch number one of two I did earlier today. The tide had gone out and left behind wonderful colours and patterns in the sand. I haven't quite captured the depth though - that is an oil refinery in the background. Why did all the poles have green hats on top?

Thursday, 6 August 2015

169. My Friend's Scarf

Faber Castell 1.7 HB pencil on
Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5" (x2)

Our third sketch project is a pile of unfolded laundry; however, that proved tricky so we decided to sketch a pretty, soft scarf instead. Genius Az! 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

168. Divalicious!

Copic 0.03 Multiliner pen (over now erased Faber Castell HB pencil) and
Tombow pen on Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5"

She's Divalicious but definitely not a diva, rather the sweetest person! I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and really wanted to get her right not just because she's a wonderful and supremely talented lady but also because she's my friend.