Sketches - April 2019
About my sketches
Sketching from life is important to my art practice. It is through sketching that I slow down and notice things. I don't set out to sketch anything in particular - whatever catches my attention really - whether a breathtaking landscape or the ingredients for a banana sandwich! My original sketches are not for sale because, for me, they are both personal journal and reference material. However, popular ones are printed as greetings cards.
Delivery of art materials - pen and watercolour - 30th April 2019
Blue sky, white fluffy cotton-wool clouds, the sun streaming in through the window and a delivery of art materials. Solvents (Zest-it) and linseed oil for oil painting, a Dr. Ph. Martin's liquid watercolour in one of my favourite colours, Quinacridone Magenta, to try (it's fabulous!), and a gorgeous soft and fat watercolour travel brush. Yep. Today's not bad.
Toppled olive tree after Storm Hannah - pen and watercolour - 29th April 2019
This poor unfortunate olive tree blew over onto the staircase during Storm Hannah last night.
Bits 'n pieces on my studio worktable - pen and watercolour - 27th April 2019
From time to time I just sketch what's on my studio worktable. I also keep a bag of random objects in the studio specifically for sketching practice hence the little toy ambulance!
Dip pen and bottled inks - pen and watercolour - 25th April 2019
Lately, for indoor sketching, I have taken to using a dip pen and my treasured Rotring Artists Colour inks. You get a more expressive line with a dip pen. And the Rotring colours are beautiful - vibrant and pure. Unfortunately Rotring don't make these anymore.
Leather and diamonte belt - pen and watercolour - 24th April 2019
Decluttering continues. Ah I loved this belt with its diamonte studs but alas it has seen better days now so as Marie Kondo suggests I shall thank it for the joy it has given me and let it go!
Tea Pot - pen and watercolour - 23rd April 2019
During a major de-clutter I discovered this crazy little tea pot and cup. Still in its box at the back of the kitchen cupboard. It's so gorgeous. Love tea time!
Handmade drawstring bag - pen and watercolour - 22nd April 2019
I made this cute little drawstring bag to carry my mini watercolour kit in. I love the design of the fabric because it is colourful and reminds me of South Africa where I grew up.