So its the end of winter , waiting for spring in our new home and garden that has an apple tree down the bottom , which has probably been there as long as the house, on a day when the weather looked chanagable I went out with some big sheets of paper and had a go at drawing the Apple tree, trying to draw loosely , but building up the texture and areas of detail , did a couple of drawings this way happy with them but not sure any of them are perfect.
I will just have to keep drawing trees !
It would be great to hear what you think of them !
Hey there , I have been working recently on a reduction linocut of some sparrows, house sparrows we call them here or little brown jobs.
Even though they are not the most colourful birds here in Britain, they have a lot of character. And when you look up close they have beautiful colours and pattens in their feathers , all be it in shades of brown and greys.
So after watching the sparrow army in my lovely new garden I wanted to do something on them and so here is my linoprint and some drawings, would love to hear what you think , cheers !
This was my unique Lino and monoprint, called Pilgrimage, for an exhibition of the same name shown at Gloucester Cathedral , a beautiful place for an exhibition .
This print I took the theme pilgrimage and the first thing that came to mind was salmon going back up river to spawn. So I lino cut my slamon , printed several of him, some on tissue paper, then monoprinted the background , and then using rabbit skin glue as it is neutral and I know it doesn`t show too much, I pasted layers together with several of my salmon just staggered to give a sense of depth . then popped him in a box frame and mounted him so the warped and cockled paper hung suspened .
David Thomas “Five Fishes” 2014 Paperlitho silkcreen (Manhatttan Graphics Center )
Liz Marraffino “My Cave of Dreams series 2″ 2015 etching (Manhatttan Graphics Center )
Fish and Chips’, Screenprint by Sophy Thomas (GPCoop)
‘Musco viridi tinea’ by Cath Bloomfield
‘Geranium Pratense’ drypoint by Alison Sloggett
Here are some of the prints from both sides of the ocean that took part in an exchange this year , the prints were shown in cirencester in march , and the prints from the gloucestershire will be shown in manhattan in June, sadly though cant quite afford to pop over the atlantic to atttend the private view!
A great range of prints , you can see more at the tumblr site i have set up here!
This was a bit of a cheat , i had missed loads of days so i divided up my page and did loads of little sketches of british birds, cus I love em!
It was Shakespeares 400th anniversary of his birth the other day , and i was watching the RSC programme on the bbc , they had extracts from shakespear , opera and dance which these very loose sketches was my attempt to capture a dance between othello and desdemona, big heavy marks for othello and more fluid delicate marks for desdemona.
Got to love Discworld emporium! which is where I bought all the amazing stuff, like stickers and postcards. Great for having a giggle and spoiling your Terry Pratchett obsessed friends, just hope they do the same for my birthday !! 😉
I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..
I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…
For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.
Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !
Here we are again! Another month down on my sketch a day project. January was a mixed bag of drawings. I started the month really energised, but that slowly trickled away till my sketch a day was happening in fits and starts, but I was happy with the earlier sketches from the month. which these are some .
Febuary so far has been very bird themed, I was inspired by a programme on the birds of paradise! So that will be next months 😉
I made December all about portraits as it is a people time of year. I did not sketch as many different people as I imagined , my husband was sketched quite a few times, but then he is in my life a lot so it makes sense looking back.
From focusing on portraits, it was easier to decide what to draw day to day, and it did help to make me feel more confident, having that practice. I was thinking more about how to draw what I was looking at, than what to draw in the first place.
So I think I would put a theme on another month, it was a help not a hinder.
It has been a busy and emotional kind of month. and I will admit that i have missed a few days (9 to be precise!) sketching this month, and sometimes it has felt like a chore. (which is worrying as i have only been doing it 3 months and have another 9 month ahead of me!)
BUT , this month (December) it is my aim to be consistent and put more effort into my sketches, to get myself back on track .
I am going to try to gather some different materials to try drawing with , and maybe think about choosing a theme for this month, like just focus on people and portraits, as it is a family time of year for me.
As always thanks for looking and reading , and good luck in any projects you have going on!