making a sketchbook and sketching in the landscape
I managed this sketch of the local landscape between classes yesterday. It was early evening and the distant woods and hedges had that mauvey blue tinge and the fields of yellow rapeseed glowed. The roadsides are a mass of flowers - particularly the cow parsley. I've been meaning to get out and sketch before the yellow flowers are over. In this part of the county it's grown a lot and some areas become almost totally a glowing yellow - some love it, some hate it and a lot suffer hayfever because of it! (I'm on my Telfast antihistamines, sniff)
I made myself a sketchbook from Lindsay's brilliant instructions - look here: http://straightlinesout.blogspot.com/2008/04/modified-concertina-book-format.html - for this one I decided on a square format - well you may have noticed I like working on squares! so it's 18cm square with a rich cream coloured, heavy cartridge paper. Here is a picture from Lindsay's instructions. They are really clear and easy to follow, do take a look and have a go.
Lindsay's picture from her instructions on how to make the book
I gave mine black covers but you can give them any sort of cover you fancy, fabric, hand made papers, collages ..... the list is endless. This sketch was its first outing.
And do look at the creative artists books Lindsay has been working on lately. There are some really original ideas and interesting stuff going on :>)
And speaking of books ..... if you haven't already, do take a look at my blurb book on my seascapes - http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/218005/?utm_source=badge&utm_medium=banner&utm_content=140x240
and my friend Glen has done a totally brilliant book on Bradgate Park, a country estate left to the city that used to be the home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for 9 days before being beheaded. The oaks are hundreds of years old. Here's a link to it - do look it's well worth it http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/search?search=glen+heath&x=48&y=15
Robert Genn's newsletter was about the word Kalopsia - a great word! he says:
"Kalopsia" is the condition in which things appear morebeautiful than they really are. It's like where girls (andboys) in bars, for example, tend to look more attractive nearerto closing time. For example: "At 11pm the bar was high onkalopsia."
mmm we've all looked at a painting the next day, that we had been pleased with the day before, only to find it was not quite what we'd thought!