I thought I'd share a new sketchbook I bought recently.
For a long time I've been a fan of the sketchbooks made by Seawhites of Brighton. The paper they use suits my style of drawing and their books are robust and well made. So when I saw the white covered sketchbooks they make I was intrigued. The covers are of a thick paper material so you can draw on (or paint, collage, stamp etc) to your hearts content to make them totally personal and unique.
Of course I did an ink drawing on mine, and this is the result...
Take a look at my sketchbook page to see inside some of my books past and present.
Once again, I embarked on the Inktober challenge, an annual thing where you create something in ink everyday throughout the month of October. This year I actually completed it and did something everyday. It's good to set these little challenges to oneself, to have something to aim for and the sense of achievement at the end is kind of nice and encouraging too!
This is my Inktober 2019 round up...
This week I'm working on the drawing pictured below. It measures 16x16", and I'm doing it this size specifically to fit a frame I've already got.
However, as I'm creating it, working on it each day, its making me realise that I much prefer working smaller. I've been pondering on why this is so, and I think there are two main reasons.
The first is that I simply get bored after a certain amount of time working on the same drawing, and as soon as I start feeling bored I've lost interest and just want to hurry up to get it finished as soon as possible, which isn't a good way of working.
The second reason is because I feel I lose the spontaneous, expressive marks when I work larger, as I'm trying to cover more of a bigger pieces of paper.
When I work small (my optimum size appears to be 8x8" or thereabouts) my work is at its best, it's most expressive and I get maximum enjoyment from its creation. They are invariably my most successful paintings, in terms of satisfaction in the creative process. It is probably no coincidence that I always prefer the smaller scaled work of other artists too, and most of the pictures hanging in my home are quite petite.
In a world that often shouts 'bigger is better', I'm gradually finding the courage as a an artist to go against this and make smaller scale art that his true to me and makes me happy!
I thought I'd share a couple of tree sketches that I've done this week for the Inktober 2019 project.
I liked the little sketchbook drawing so much that I wanted to create it as a framed piece.
This is the sketch...
It is one of the ancient oaks in the parkland grounds of Croft Castle in Herefordshire, England.
This is the ink drawing, also shown in its new handpainted frame. This piece will be part of a forthcoming solo exhibition I am doing - more on that soon.
I've added three new prints to my portfolio and these are now available directly from my online shop.
They're all A4 sizes and are in limited editions of 100.
Please click HERE to view and purchase - and as always shipping is free worldwide.