Weeding Onions

They don’t like competition and are rather greedy for all the water and nutrients – onions, that is! So the soil has to be tickled to keep weeds from taking what belongs to them! It is this most ordinary task, one that gardeners perform year in year out, that Thomas Hennell has depicted, most beautifully.Continue reading “Weeding Onions”

Gallery Pig

I came across a delightful charcoal drawing of pigs, made by the artist and professor, Allen William Seaby, which he sketched one camping holiday in the New Forest. I was at the St Barbe’s Gallery, Lymington, and although you can’t take pictures of the exhibits, they support you sketching any image. So I did aContinue reading “Gallery Pig”

Complementary Coffee

My drawing and painting needed a jump start! So I copied one of the animals on my coffee pot! I love the easy, flowing shapes and the complementary colours. Blue and orange are opposites on the colour wheel and play with our eyes giving a simultaneous contrast. This is not the ‘push and pull’ ofContinue reading “Complementary Coffee”

Negative Space

Space is one of the seven basic elements of art an artist uses in their work to create particular effects – either to create an illusion of distance on the flat surface of the page/canvas, or to intentionally maintain the flatness of the medium of the page. What I love about this illustration by CliffordContinue reading “Negative Space”

Wildsmith’s Lines

I have pretty much always loved books, but this summer I became entranced by the illustrations you find on book jackets. Beginning with the marvellous book The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, by Martin Salisbury I have really started noticing what wonderful works of art there are on the front covers of books. So I haveContinue reading “Wildsmith’s Lines”

Tension Lines

After walking all morning in a beautiful place with Cadair Idris, Wales, in the distance, I decided to get my sketch book out. It felt very daunting to draw the landscape in front of me, so I thought ‘Just start’! I liked the foreground of the leafless hawthorn tree with the mountain behind – notContinue reading “Tension Lines”

Geometric Shapes, and Natural

What incredible straight lines and squares and geometric shapes! Whilst being out and about in Wales this summer, walking in the hills and mountains and shorelines, I have been astonished by the rock formations and noticing how many straight lines and geometric shapes there are in rock splits and fissures and strata. Nothing surprising there,Continue reading “Geometric Shapes, and Natural”

Shapes: Dreaming and Weeping

Shape is one of the elements of art used by an artist. (For more detail on this topic click on Elements of Art in the menu and scroll down to Shape). Picasso’s painting The Dream is a great example of this element of art. When writing about art it is important to be able toContinue reading “Shapes: Dreaming and Weeping”

Marc Chagall – line drawings

I have been reading Chagall’s autobiography which is so interesting, not least because of the lovely line drawings that accompany the text. The bold and broken lines give a jittery feel, a movement to the scene that at any moment might change: Grandfather might soon get up from reading his book, put on a jacketContinue reading “Marc Chagall – line drawings”