Monday, 29 September 2014

Daily drawing - Life 15, model 1 of 5

Not sure yet if this constitutes a drawing or a painting.

I've decided to submit this one as my daily drawing because I've had to get cracking on some quilt work, but it sorts of fits in!!

It's not finished yet of course, and hopefully I can work on the face tomorrow.  I've been tidying the studio, and am feeling very virtuous and everything is quite neat.

I love these new editions, one for the thread nest which I can't bear to throw away, and one for the bits and bobs I use everyday.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tip Field - Down By The River Next To The Sewage Works

Now doesn't that sound inviting?

I recently saw an exhibition of Turner and Constable at Compton Verney . It's probably sacrilege to say that I didn't entirely enjoy the works, but tacked onto the end in a separate room, was a collection of modern landscape interpretations which I found very inspiring.

As well as working on the Life Stories, I thought I'd like to try something different as well, and have begun to think of ideas for a landscape of my own possibly for exhibition next summer.

I like to walk when I can, and there is a path from my house through the woods, across the road, and river, past the sewage works, and corporation tip, and into a field.  Doesn't that sound a delightful place?!!

If you look at the photo above, it seems peaceful enough, but - and it happens very rarely - you can see a swan in the river and a canoe on it, a pedestrian on the footpath, a lorry passing over the road, a train on the bridge, which goes over the road, and an airplane passing over the railway bridge, over the road.  I've never had a camera with me when it's happened!


It's not a spectacular field but is away from the roads and cuts across the Grand Union canal.  I used to love walking the dog here and have made several quilts about it before, but not an actual landscape.
I have lots of ideas but will probably be visiting it every week or so for the whole of the coming year,  (I started last month) and will record the things I see - animals, plants, people etc and how they change.

The format is a bit in the air for now, but I have two possibilities - I may just do both if I have time. I'll see how it all develops.

They will be a departure, an experiment, and will involve lots of drawing and I'm hoping I won't flag!






Daily sketch - Nerine

Bit trickier than I thought. Lots of frilly petals. I'm not sure if I'm getting better, but I'm certainly getting quicker!

The nice thing about doing all these flowers etc., is that I can use some of them for a body of work about a year in the life of a field.  I've been taking snapshots throughout the year, and quietly been storing source information and collecting ideas.  There should be enough now for an exhibition of some sort but probably not for a year - or maybe two! 














Here's an earlier post about it all:
The Tip Field (down by the River past the Sewage Works)
Now doesn't that sound inviting?

I recently saw an exhibition of Turner and Constable at Compton Verney . It's probably sacrilege to say that I didn't entirely enjoy the works, but tacked onto the end in a separate room, was a collection of modern landscape interpretations which I found very inspiring.

As well as working on the Life Stories, I thought I'd like to try something different as well, and have begun to think of ideas for a landscapes of my own possibly for exhibition.

I like to walk when I can, and there is a path from my house through the woods, across the road, and river, past the sewage works, and corporation tip, and into a field.  Doesn't that sound a delightful place?!!

If you look at the photo above, it seems peaceful enough, but - and it happens very rarely - you can see a swan in the river and a canoe on it, a pedestrian on the footpath, a lorry passing over the road, a train on the bridge, which goes over the road, and an airplane passing over the railway bridge, over the road.  I've never had a camera with me when it's happened!


It's not a spectacular field but is away from the roads and cuts across the Grand Union canal.  I used to love walking the dog here and have made several quilts about it before, but not an actual landscape.
I have lots of ideas but will probably be visiting it every week or so for the whole of the coming year,  (I started last month) and will record the things I see - animals, plants, people etc and how they change.

The format is a bit in the air for now, but I have two possibilities - I may just do both if I have time. I'll see how it all develops.

They will be a departure, an experiment, and will involve lots of drawing and I'm hoping I won't flag!

Who knows this may end up as a huge body of work - there's endless inspiration!



Friday, 26 September 2014

Daily sketch - locust/cricket/small creature, cage

My daughter bought me back this little cage from Hong Kong. She worked there for a while and managed to find a shop selling antiques and collectables; quite difficult in Hong Kong!

I can't remember what creature it was made for exactly, but it was carved by the person who carried it round and used the insects for fights etc. Ugh. It's made of bone and has small carvings on the top and bottom, a bit like scrimshaw work.

It will be one for my coffee table tales at some point I'm sure - we're about due for another!!

The sketches were from a digital drawing, pen and ink, and water soluble pencil.  Didn't like using the latter much, but it's a technique with potential for me as long as I remember to wet the paper before not afterwards.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Daily Sketch - Biro life study

I think this life study will be part of Life 15 which I've just started.

If flowers are more your thing, here's an extra sketch done yesterday.































Monday, 22 September 2014

Travels - a bit more of hidden Birmingham (Winterbourne House and Garden)

We have our car serviced at a garage in Birmingham, that only does Italian cars and is very reasonable,  so while we wait for it to be seen to, we have to fill a few hours spare time in the city.

I've posted about various little places we've found before, but todays is Winterbourne House and Garden.  It's about a 10 minute bus drive from Moore Street (number 98) to the University at Edgebaston.

It's only been open to the public for about 5 years, and is an amazingly tranquil place - not huge but more than worth looking at if you're passing. The house and gardens are immaculate and every plant has a label. It also has a tea room!



The Lean-to greenhouse.





There's a series of glasshouses and this one contains arid planting.




The nut walk


The start of a small Japanese garden.  We visited in mid September, and in a couple more weeks I imagine the acers will be glorious.  I also liked the fact that you could walk on the stepping stones across the water.  These things are usually out of bounds!



 A printing press housed in an old garage.
 The old kitchen.



The house is arts and crafts.  I especially liked the nursery.





Finally, some books which I had a quick look at...fascinating.  I especially liked the pattern for a knitted corset cover, which is not for storage as you'd think, but is worn over the corset - it looked very thick and itchy.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Now, today's sketch isn't very resolved, but at least shows an effort!  I'll work into a bit more this evening.

I've found that the evening - half an hour, an hour maybe, in front of the TV is a great time for me to draw.  I also don't feel such a couch potato when I've achieved something however small.

Life chez Rainbow has been a bit busy, and I still want to redecorate the studio before winter, so not much "proper" work has been done lately whilst I do lots of other jobs. By this I mean the Life Story series of quilts    I'm anxious to press on with these so maybe the "studio" will have to wait.

I've been gardening, out and about, making websites for family members, all sorts really. Am I putting things off? Am I having a holiday?  Who knows but I did wake up this morning determined to do some sewing again.






I have fiddled slightly with the painting, but it's not finished by a long chalk.  But it's ok, I can come back to it.  There's no patterning on any of the fabrics, the chair, the walls and the floor all need doing.  The face needs work and the paint on the body needs definition (sorry, am I talking out loud??!)

All this before it's printed and then turned into a quilt.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Helenium sketches.

























I'd also like to share this with you.  I know in my heart of hearts that I'm not great at drawing and painting, but I try and I believe that the more you practise the more you can improve.  I have two very talented daughters, neither of whom think they can draw. One has got a jolly good degree in Fine Art (and you don't get those without talent) and the other, who I've always believed had drawing talents too, but who - possibly like me! - refused to even try.  However, whilst bored a few days ago, she asked me how to begin and I gave her the briefest of lessons - about half an hour - on shading and portraits.  Here's what she did yesterday.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Back to drawing today - my first digital effort


I've had a few days off from the drawing because of this wonderful little bean of a person you see on the left.

However, I'm back into it today.  I thought I'd try the digital drawing idea.  Now don't ask me to explain how to do it because it's far too complicated for this blog, but it's fun to do and quite easy to do once you've got the gist.  If you're interested, you'll have to ask Laura!

OK, it's not perfect, but she has some ideas for playing around with it in a sketchbook, so I'm going to do that next.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Charity shop find.


Today's drawing is rather uninspired - just a very small seal in the coffee table.  It's actually the Sultana of Mirabelle's personal love-tryst seal, but maybe more of that later!!


So here's a delight that I found languishing in the forgotten parts of the local Oxfam shop.  A complete collection of old keys.  The frame is awful but the keys are wonderful with lots of detail in the prongy-bits.

If you're following Laura's daily sketching group then you'll know she likes a good key too - they crop up in her work in the most beautiful way.   Even if you don't want to join in the sketching yourself, you could bookmark the page and have a squizz now and then - there's some lovely drawing going on!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Daily Sketch - Door Knocker

A4, 2b pencil.

This one's a little odd

Right, well, yes.  It does look a little unlike my usual drawings!  But I was trying something different and it was very hard for me to do.

I painted a blue rectangle.  Then without a pencil drawing I added a layer of flesh coloured paint to make a body shape.  There's no rubbing out with paint so it was one hit only.

I then draw around the outside with a pen, but without any reference marks it was tricky.  You can't rub pen out either.

It looks a little sad, but took quite a lot of effort! And, it is different and was achieved without the aid of sherry.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Daily drawing challenge - eucomis

Whilst barging about the garden yesterday, I knocked the flower off of a eucomis.

I thought I'd give it a go in the daily drawing challenge, but got too bogged down by which bit went where, and it looks too still and boring.

Tomorrow I'm going to swap from pencil to a graphite stick or even charcoal and see what happens.  I need to loosen up - perhaps a small sherry might help?!!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Daily drawing challenge - glass

I was so pooped last night after spending 7 hours trying to sort out the box hedging and layout a new garden, that the drawing was a little neglected.  To be honest I fell asleep on the sofa and then had an early night! 

So I just added a bit to an existing drawing.  I enjoy drawing glass but find it complicated! 

Portrait in parts

For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...