Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Continuing the loose sketches

This time Barnstaple Bridge, Devon,

Pen + watercolour 
plus I added a small amount of detail with
my Sailor Calligraphy pen

This is a very loose sketch, but again it might make a 
painting in its own right.

Out of interest, I thought it would be good to add a note
on colour/tones.  The majority of this painting is in cool tones:
i.e. the blue of the boat and yellows, so to 'balance' that out
I added a strip of red to the boat.

If a painting is all cool colours, then balance it with a warm.
Equally, if a painting is all warm colours, balance it with a cool.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Loose watercolour sketches

I'm having fun with some loose sketches

using my new Spacetec pen

and Watercolours

 ~ Wild Geraniums in our garden ~

~A vase of roses ~

Although these are only sketches, I do feel they would
be good as full watercolour paintings framed.
Sketching them first is a great way to find out
if they would work.



Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ilfracombe Harbour

I've got a new pen which I've been trying out so decided to sketch the local harbour.

The pen is a Spacetec by Diplomat, apparently you can write upside down and under water with it, although why anybody would want to do either of those things is a bit strange, but never mind the writing is the main thing.  It works like an actual biro pen (in other words, not gel, not rollerball) - has a good weight to it which is nice to hold and I could also get light lines as well as heavier ones.  According to the leaflet, it will write up to 3 miles before needing a new refill......so I could be sometime with this one then, lol.

and the sketches......

Overall, I'm very pleased with this new pen
ideal for sketching en plein air and needing to
hold the sketchbook at an angle....the pen kept writing, yay!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The caterpillar from Wordless Wednesday

Thanks to a comment from Countryside Tales, we have an explanation as to what this little chap actually is...and will become.

Looks like a fox moth caterpillar to me. They remain as caterpillars through the winter, feeding until September before hibernating till spring. They're heath and coastal moths. Here's a link if you're interested in seeing the adult:


 (if that doesn't work, go to ukmoths.org and type in fox moth. CT :-)

Thanks Countryside Tales


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Baby pigeon

The pigeon that has nested above

our arbor (see blog post here)  has had one chick by the looks of it...

tried to take a photo of it

 so hope

you can see him top right of this photo...

His mum was sitting on the roof of our house
having a well deserved break at the time.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Velella Velella Jellyfish...

...Just when I thought I had finished adding photos of Jellyfish ...another variety turns up!!

This one is called Velella Velella or also known as By-the-wind-Sailor......and are quite small, measuring about 1"


I think this is the prettiest of
all the jellyfish I have shown

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Peacock resting in the sun

I went over to work at Arlington Court this week, my voluntary day that is....when I parked the car and walked down the lane, I heard something.  Turning back I saw this chap on the roof, sunning himself....

There are in fact three peacocks at Arlington, 
this one likes the converted barn and it's adjoining tin roof.....

I've heard of a cat on a hot tin roof, never a peacock!