Friday, September 30, 2011

another book in development: an ABC for Lucy, illustrated

 ABC for Lucy, illustrated book, Rough initial page layout - subject to many changes!

I've been managing small amounts of time for more 'serious' painting - but the little bits of time here and there, while busy with other things,  I've been working on ideas for a book for Lucy who will be one at Christmas.
I thought I'd make it a little dual purpose and appeal to Sam (age 4) as well as he'll be learning to read any time soon.

Drawn in an A4 sketchpad, several of these to a page, done leaning on the steering wheel of the car while waiting when I was taxi for family to various appointments, so they are very rough and merely getting down thoughts and ideas of how it will go.

I didn't have my list with me when sketching but here is what I've got so far:

A - apple, angel, aardvark, apricot, anteater, ant,  auntie
B - blue, butterfly, bed, ball, boat, bear, bee, banana, boy, big, bouncing, batman, books, buzzing
C - crimson, cat, cot, carrot, camel, caroline (her auntie), cup, coffee, cake, camera, clever
D - dog, doll, dish, dinosaur, denim, daisy, dish, digging,
E - egg, elephant, elf, emu,ecru, enormous, ears
F - fuschia, fox, frog, field, flower, flag
G - green, gate, grass, game, glass
H - house, hat, hare, hair, heliotrope
I - iron, igloo, ice cream, ivy
J - jelly, jam, jockey, jade
K - kitten, kite, khaki
L - llama, lemur, lion, lemon
M - magenta, man, milk, mud, mouse, mat
N – nest, nut, naughty (Sam throwing a tantrum!)
O - orange, owl, okapi
P - purple, penguin, panda, pig, parrot
Q – quoit, quiver, quince
R - red, river, rain, rabbit, rug
S - silver, sock, shoe, sun, scarf, snowman
T - Tan, teddy, tiger
U - umber, umbrella, under
V - violet, van, violin, viper, vivien, vamoose, vampire
W - wool, wind, water, window, white
X – xylophone, xiava (Chinese water melon I'm told)  - poetic licence with things like extra??? exciting?
Y - yellow, yell, yacht
Z – zebra, zip, zig zag

I wanted to try to think of animals, objects etc and also descriptive words or verbs to go with them and if possible a colour.   Some of these won't make the final edit!   varicose veins was one great suggestion!  maybe not ......

I thought that sometimes I'd have a small creature sitting on the letter - like an ant on the A, a butterfly on the B etc

I'll write the name of each element curling around it and a silly sentence around the outside of the page, involving as many of the elements as possible.

Any ideas gratefully received and added!

I've been working out whether to do the whole book as an 'original' or whether to put it together in the computer.  I've worked both ways in the past.   I think I'll put it together on the computer - it means I can rescale images and move them around, erase parts - and even better, re-use past images  like this one of her brother Sam bouncing, dressed as Batman(B) and digging on the beach  (D).   I can remove backgrounds as necessary

Friday, September 23, 2011

very quick sketches of people in a waiting room with a pentel brush pen

a mother post-chemo and virtually bald, a lovely close family unit with her daughters

 Very quick sketches of fidgeting, moving people in a waiting room.  Not great, but better than being bored :>)  and good practice. 

Done with a Pentel brush pen in a tiny 5x4 inch sketch book that I've had for years and never finished off as I don't like working so small.   Working with the brush pen allows no corrections or erasing so here they are errrors and overworking-to-correct and all.   I do like the ability to use it to scrub in areas of tone to work with the more linear marks,


waiting alone, stoic and quiet

with burka and skull cap, anxiously waiting

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Autumn in watercolour and mixed media


Autumn, watercolour and mixed media, 8.5 x 5 ins approx
Looking from the field's edge, across the stubble left after the wheat was harvested,  towards the far trees.   

This one is a study in a limited range of colours - warms vs cools.   I really like the bleached colours of the dried grasses and stubble at this time of year.   Autumn isn't actually quite this far advanced here but I wanted to use this limited colour range so moved the calendar on a bit :>)

This was done in watercolour, with the addition of watercolour pencil drawn and scratched into wet washes and a little biro (ballpoint pen).

Saturday, September 10, 2011

work nearly finished: birch trees in the snow in the early morning mist - and an experiment with coloured pencils on pastel paper

Birch trees in the snow in the early morning mist
16x20ins oil on canvas

Nearly finished but I'll probably keep tweaking it for a bit!

The earlier stages are here and here and other trees are here.

...   and one that just didn't work - using coloured pencils on a mid brownish pastel paper.   Not a mix to repeat, for me anyway.


The colours are too dulled by the paper, the pencils simply didn't have the intensity to cover it.

I've got a small piece of Fisher 400 to experiment with - a friend, Nicole Caulfield, uses it for all her portraits and loves it.   I think I have to give it a go with watercolour and coloured pencils together.
 

Friday, September 09, 2011

minimal sketch kits


I had thought that this sketch kit - my most minimal unless I simply take a mechanical pencil plus the tiny sketchbook - was small.

A6 sketchbook, Jakar eraser, Rotring Art Pen, Pentel Brushpen, White Chinagraph Pencil, Mechanical Pencil, Tippex correction pen


But take a look at this for packing an large amount of media into a tiny space!  amazing - and great sketches too

The tiny sketchbook is an old diary, with a cover to pretty to throw away, refilled with heavy cartridge paper in a concertina fold..   It fits into the pencil case.

I don't actually like working that small but sometimes it's all I am able to carry and at least I have it with me.  Often I'll take the pencil case plus bigger sketchbook.

I'm hoping to continue with the birches today - life has been hectic with no daylight painting hours.