Category Archives: Sketchbook

Sketchbook Work

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These sketchbook pieces are continuing my work on cells, they are created with watercolours, acrylic paint, paint sticks and collage. Read the rest of this entry

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Project 3 Colour – value perception

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This week the art class I attend was all about value perception. The theory is is that it doesn’t matter what hue (colour) you use to draw something, as long as all the values, ie. light / dark / medium, are correct then your brain will still be able to understand the picture. Read the rest of this entry

Sketchbook – Project Green 3: Pleated skirt

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With my quest to embrace all things green in full swing, I spotted this pale green outfit for 50p when I was out with the kids the other day. Now the outfit was totally not my style but I thought it had excellent potential! I started off by trimming quite a few inches out from the waist down to the hem of the skirt, then I stitched it back up careful to keep my seam hidden in the pleats, and overlocked it to neaten everything up. My skirt fit round the waist then but was far too long for my liking so I cut it in half , hemming the top half to make a lovely little summer skirt, and keeping the rest to try and make in to a dress – using the jacket in some way to make a bodice! I really love my new skirt, and I think the colour green is finally starting to grow on me! It turns out there are many shades of green that I do like, they just happen to be muted rather than vibrant.

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Sketchbook – All the single ladies…

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My OCA textiles course claims that drawing ability doesn’t matter, as anybody / everybody can do simple mark making – even my two year old little boy! Somehow that doesn’t stop me from feeling that some of the work I produce is just plain rubbish. So instead of it getting me down, and just throwing away half the stuff I start in disgust (bad work makes me angry!!!), I thought I’d just try and improve my drawing skills. After doing some research on the internet I came across a book called ‘New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ by Betty Edwards. I’ll be doing a full review on the book when I’ve finished it, but for now I thought I’d share some of the work I’ve been doing to practice ‘sighting’.

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Book Review: Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone – Automatic Drawing

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I recently acquired the book Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone, I hate to say it but I was totally drawn in by the picture on front cover. Naughty naughty! There’s something about abstract art work that attracts me, I feel I’d love to make paintings like that but when I try they just look like childish scribbles to me!

After my first Assignment for my current OCA course my tutor encouraged me to work bigger. Now I already work on A3 paper a lot of the time so I wondered how on earth I was going to get bigger than that. I tried working on sheets of newspaper, or taping and gluing smaller sheets together, but its so time consuming and really gets in the way of just getting on and working. Eventually I came across this fantastic roll of paper made by a company called Fabriano that’s 1.5m wide by 10m long – fantastic! I just knew it would be perfect for use with this book. The first exercise is called Automatic Drawing and is all about embracing the pleasure of simply making marks on paper. You make a few marks on the paper then stand back and see where you feel like making a few more, then repeat until you feel satisfied with your picture, and boy is this satisfying!

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Sketchbook – Project Green Part 2 : Playtime!!!

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Whilst working on the colour section of my OCA course, I discovered an intense dislike for the colour green. I don’t usually include green in my paintings, or in my sewing activities by choice so I decided to force myself to give it more of a try.

This week my art class was all about trying trying out different mediums, so to embrace the colour green I went with an Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow in watercolour, acrylic and oil paint, which of course combine to make green. Read the rest of this entry

Sketchbook – Project Green Part 1

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I’ve been working on this painting for an absolute age, its worked in acrylic’s on a box canvas – although the paint is very watered down so it resembles watercolour. It was inspired by this photo taken last summer and my love of  abstract watercolour backgrounds, I felt the shape of the plant would lend itself nicely to a painting, but having created the background, I didn’t really like it. It sat around for a few months gathering dust, until I decided it really must be finished to stop it clogging up my kitchen work top. I was going for an abstract feel but I don’t think I captured it, its not my favorite, but it made a nice gift and at least now I can move on to something new without it sitting there mocking me!

A sock horse named Blue

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A few weeks ago whilst messing around with all my crafty stuff I made these.

So when my son came home one day needing a sock horse to help decorate the school gardens for an open day, I realized I had the perfect inspiration (his school colour also happens to be royal blue!). I started off by finding an old sock which I filled with toy stuffing. Now this sock had definitely seen better days, so I decided it needed some work to hide the worst bits! Read the rest of this entry