When using just an ink pen for sketching, I find it more interesting to make different marks to describe similar things... lots of trees together for example.
The following three sketches show the patterns I use to differentiate between adjoining trees. I particularly enjoy drawing the spiral shapes!
I think I’ve already shared the painting, but thought I’d share the painting and sketch together for this post.
This is the one in which the pesky ginger cat gets to star in the painting!
Here’s the next sketch and painting combo, which I thought you’d like to see. For many artists the process is as important as the finished painting!
This piece is similar to the one in the last post I shared, but in this one the pesky ginger cat has been forced to share the painting with dogs - which he isn’t particularly happy about!
Today, I thought I’d share a sketch together with it’s finished painting, to show a bit of the process. I’ll share a few of these recent ones over the next few days.
Here’s a few ink drawings from my sketchbook.
I often draw out a rough plan of what I’m going to do before I begin painting, just to get ideas for composition and content.
See if you can match the drawing to the painting in my paintings gallery page here!
After his debut in a starring role in a recent painting, the pesky ginger cat probably thought his star was rising, However, he was bought firmly down to earth again this week when he had to share a painting with... DOGS....!!!!!
He doesn’t look very happy with that, does he?! Poor pesky ginger cat.
You can’t help but notice that there have been recent visitors in my paintings. First it was a black cat, but recently it has been a ginger cat. A pesky ginger cat, to be more accurate. In fact, when he isn’t in a painting I get people asking where he is... have I created a monster cat?
He is certainly growing in confidence and attitude....
He’s been found peeping out over the table I’m paintings like this recent one..:
But then he decided he needed to get his whole body in a painting. A cat life model, if you like. Sooooo....
He won’t be too happy about the next painting I’ll post on here, though! Long live the pesky ginger cat.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been doing more works on paper recently. I’ve had a few exhibitions to get ready for, and I think I’ve just become frustrated with the drying times of oils, as well as the messiness of them! My eyesight (macular degeneration) is also affecting how I work, so I’ve made a conscious move back to my beloved and oh so familiar paint box, but I have moved on from the watercolours, which after using oils for a while, now seem rather lack-lustre in comparison, so I’ve got some gouache, which is proving more than suitable for the results I am looking for.
These 2 photos pretty much sum up all the materials I’m using now...
I must say, it’s so nice to paint a picture and have it totally dry and listed on my online shop as available the same day!
Here are a few of my recent works on paper, all completed in the last 2-3 weeks, all are small, A5 or slightly smaller...
I recently found an unused sketchbook in the bottom of a drawer in my studio, a 6x6” Khadi paper one, with rough paper, so I thought I’d have a play with it, and I was really surprised with how good it was. The colours
are so vibrant and I loved the textured, organic surface...
I had a look online at the Khadi website and was impressed at both the quality of the paper (avid-free, archival, handmade) and the ethics of the business (the factory is in India) - take a look at the website to see for yourself... click here
I duly ordered some individual sheets of paper (A5) to have a go at doing some finished paintings on, and here are the results...
You can see how vibrant the colours are! Because the paper is handmade, it has some slight imperfections and isn’t totally flat, but I love that, as I think it adds to the uniqueness and character of the original painting. I also love the deckled edges you can see in the photos above. These rough edges are created as each piece of paper is made individually,
Because I want the decile edges to be part of the finished painting I plan to frame these (if and when they require framing - I generally sell my work unframed on my website) floating over a mount, with all four edges showing in the finished piece. Something a bit different for me.
It’s always nice to unexpectedly discover a product that ticks all the boxes, and leads you down new paths!