Wednesday, 29 October 2014

An Estuary on the Isle of Wight

Our recent trip to the island was very relaxing.  We had plenty of time to explore and on this trip we went down to Newtown Estuary.  Never been there before, but so worth the visit.



there was a pulley system to get the little boats back to shore...it was a bit like a washing line boat park!






then we walked back to the Old Town Hall and past the water pump








look at the slope on the lintel above the door in the next picture.  Apparently the building has been like this for a very long time


 this old building and the nearby estuary are run by the National Trust





Monday, 27 October 2014

Firework night


We are still a couple of weeks away from
Firework Night.....

but the village have started building the bonfire.....it appears to be a stripey elephant this year!





Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pen and watercolour


Here's a sketch I actually did a while back,

but never got around to adding it ...

thought it was about time I did....


sketchbook - 6" x 4"
 pencil - pen (Uni-ball eye) - watercolours








Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sketching William

I thought you might like to see how I go about sketching our lurcher lad, William.  I set up the

camera on a tripod......it still managed to go out of focus for a few seconds grrrr....but overall it

is clear - I zoomed in on me sketching and I think the result gives you the general idea of how I

sketch the lad.




















Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's all about SHAPES

Shapes...okay so I'm going to say that word a few times here....

Everything is a Shape...when you are drawing anything, look at it carefully and decide what that shape is.  Keep in mind that some things are just one shape, but some are a combination of shapes put together.  

Remember the kids toys when you put a triangle brick into the triangle gap, etc...think about those when you look at your subject.   For instance when I'm drawing William, I had initially asked myself what shapes I saw.  From my example, you can see I've broken it down to basics.....






Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Gribble seat

Have you ever heard of a Gribble....well you have now - plus it's actually a seat in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight








And this is the actual seat...




Unusual for sure!



Monday, 20 October 2014

Fungi sketches

From my previous post, I have now sketched some of the fungi....I enjoyed this first sketch the most

as it gave me a chance to use opaque and transparent watercolours in layers.  Yes, I used both on one

piece of work, it worked for me and gave the look I wanted to achieve....whether this breaks 'the

rules of watercolouring' I don't know, I just go on instinct most of the time ....












Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fungi

Plural I guess is the same as singular.....Fungi 

I have no idea what these are actually called as individual species, does it really matter, probably not unless you are a fungi expert, but by heck they are pretty.....






















This was the largest, about 5 inches across....


I think my next job will be to sketch them, that will be another post though.


Have a great weekend.




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