Tuesday, April 22, 2014

woyww - colour grid and other things

My messy desk in all its glory this wednesday is showing a colour grid of my travel w/colour box from Sakura.  I have just received my latest online purchases; watercolours, micron pens and Danny Gregory's book "An illustrated life".  Had to open  it and do a quick test of the colours.  Even though I have quite a few tubes of w/colour this little travel box was very cheap, the colours bright and transparent and they shouldn't leak in my bag when I am out and about.

Final pic is an attempt at drawing people and doing it as a gesture rather than getting lost in the detail.  The paper is buckled as I had finished the orchid but added more shading and the paper in the sketch book isn't all that great.

Enjoy your woyww and I hope to visit lots of desks over the next couple of days.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

orchids in a pot

Loving Prashart Miranda's  class this week.  Sitting on the deck and just painting what I see in watercolours.... no sketching just paint.  This was done so quickly that you can still see a spot of water drying on the right.    I also did the same pot in watercolour pencils a very different effect with definite strokes of pencil in the leaves.  Probably should of shaded in more colour before I added water.... but what the heck.
Prashant's 3 P's are:  Passion, Perserverance and Practice.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

woyww - sketchbook pics


This week I haven't got around to taking a photo of my desk but I do have photos of what has consumed my weeks.

I started Sketchbook skool on the 4th of April and so far I have completed a class with Danny Gregory and used his example of starting with a coloured wash, then paint and drawing using  black ink (iPhone). No pencil or eraser allowed.   The leek was an ink drawing with a colour wash.  I am so pleased with my leek that I had to write "a leek"!  DH rolls his eyes "stating the obvious" he mumbled...  But, I think it is a fantastic and very cooperative leek.
Second week of class was with Koojse Koene and her style is all about using coloured pencils.  Well I had to go and dig out pencils from the kids cupboard.  I bit time consuming and not the smoothest of finishes.  But in the end I was quite pleased with the result.
The teachers share some ideas and talk about the style they use at this stage not a lot of technique being taught.  Week 3 this friday and I look forward to a different teacher and hopefully a different style again.    Hope you woyww is going well and I will slowly visit over the easter weekend.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

woyww on a late Tuesday

What you see is an almost complete journal page using glimmer mist, gesso and rub ons.  Nothing too involved as I go for quick projects these days.  That also includes quick watercolours in my sketchbook.
Finding it easier to paint in the sketchbook rather than agonising over mistakes on the good watercolour paper that costs a fortune.  So now I have lots of paintings in my book while wishing I had used proper paper! All a bit circular but there you have it....even Kitty has had enough of my rambling.
 In the hope of not missing out on another WOYWW I am posting late on Tuesday so that I can link up even later on Wednesday and visit desks on the Thursday.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

woyww - ATC from Finland

Wednesday has not turned out as I had planned...... lunch abandoned (sorry RosA!) and car now at the mechanic.  So I walked home and started a painting and then I collected the mail.  A wonderful ATC from Riikka Kovasin from Finland arrived and my day got a lot better.  Thank you Riikka I am thrilled.
I had to take a photo so you can see all the lovely mixed media details on the ATC and the fab stamp.

Finally a pic of the huge butterfly or possibly a moth that landed on the back screen as I was coming inside.  Finger in the photo so that you can gauge how huge.... nothing to do with my bad photography.

Enjoy your Wednesday and hopefully this week I will get around to visit.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

woyww - sketch and w/c

Another page in my journal of a landscape which is really just an exercise of the wet on wet technique.  On the left are notes from a Saturday sketching workshop that I did with Liz Steel.  It was held in the Rocks area of Sydney and was a great introduction to sketching buildings and doing quick watercolours.  You can see from the pic my struggle with stairs and my beginner stages of sketching.
Final pic is of the watercolour version.


Check out Liz's website and you will get a feel for her wonderful work and lots of pics of the urban sketcher groups she is part of in OZ and overseas.  She was a very friendly teacher  who was so giving of her time/suggestions.  I am sure I will be back for more classes.

Now I am off to join in on woyww.....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

woyww - journal pages

The desk is reasonably tidy with my open journal page and a cup of tea at the ready for when I sit and do the woyww post.
Close up of the quick w/c of the "rocky outcrop" which is just an exercise in using a flat 1" brush rather then the rounded brushes.   The travel journal is nearly complete and I will be moving on to another book as I get ready for an online sketch class.  
 Finally a page from a "word" journal I started years ago usually based on a verse or quote that has significance to me.  I can do these quickly without any worry about where to put bits and pieces.

Thanks for visiting.....