Morning Coffee

It’s amazing what you find in charity shops/thrift stores- beautiful vintage ceramics. Definitely for use, not display! These are from the 1930’s – they are crying out to be used! So I do, and they inspire me to draw. 🙂

Live line sketching

What fun it is making some quick sketches in real time, and with subjects who keep moving! A Mum had taken her two little children to catch crabs at a quay side. I was high above, sipping coffee, and got out my sketch book! Looking for the main shape and drawing it quickly was required,Continue reading “Live line sketching”

Lunchtime

The most basic element of art is line. Using a bold fibre-tipped ink pen I sketched a few items on the table in the cafe and applied ink wash later. I had in mind John Minton’s cook book illustrations in which he fills the whole space. Sketching in situ like this means you don’t setContinue reading “Lunchtime”

Unblocked

Ever had artistic block? Me too! So I went to a coffee shop- Thirsty Bird – got out my fibre tipped pen and drew big circles, around and again. Thought they looked like picture frames, so I drew inside them- a plant on a table next to me, a decorative birdcage hanging from the beams.Continue reading “Unblocked”

What a feast!

I came across a statue of a man,  head down,  eyes closed,  even though his hands were open in front of him.  I also saw a painting of him looking very stern,  and then I discovered that his life is celebrated on this very day: the feast of St Aldhelm, from Anglo-Saxon times. Actually aContinue reading “What a feast!”

Lots of lines

In the middle of this roundabout in Radstock you can make out a sculpture of an NHS worker with face mask, stethoscope and Croc shoes – holding a heart. In the background you can also make out another sculpture with the words ‘Thank you NHS’. It might have been a pragmatic decision that was theContinue reading “Lots of lines”

Contrasting pencil

I wanted to do a precise drawing, to take the time to look closely and draw what I observed. I had a lovely stalk of wheat, quite small and very pale, but close up there were lovely shapes and beautiful detail. I took a photo of it, cropped the image to the shape I wanted,Continue reading “Contrasting pencil”

Christmas snow

Aren’t Christmas cards great! Not only do you get lovely messages from friends, but you get some beautiful art too! This card depicting a scene from a print by Utagawa Hiroshige caught my eye. It is a section of a larger work in which two woman stand either side of this scene, looking beyond theirContinue reading “Christmas snow”