Sunday, 12 June 2011

A whole lot of something from nothing

Its been a while, at least a few months - I wont start rambling on about why I haven't blogged for such a while but I think sometimes we need a few gaps in regards to things like this without having to look into it so deeply. Sometimes you just need the break.

I sat in bed earlier and knew that it was time but I thought "God, what have I done in the last few months!?" I felt like I had done nothing. Nothing creative anyway. I decided to have a look through my sketch books. I HAD done things and I was being far too harsh on myself. I'd done little doodles, sketches (however not all I feel like putting on here today) and I had gone very snap happy for flowers on my phone. I now have a new iphone which is fantastic to take shots in the day when you are on the move. The following images are a few I have found which I've sneakily done in my previously thought "non creative" month or two.

The following few sketches were done using the fantastic gesture tools website:

I prefer the two messier ones to the straight one myself. I love the website, its a great practice tool and the time limit is good (as you can see on one of them I didnt manage to finish the face but I still quite like that!)

A sepia line pen drawing of some lovely flowers I received in May:

This was done in the park one afternoon, he kept moving around....A LOT.

Here a few pictures I've taken on my phone recently:

Some beautiful Poppies in the park

The rose garden at Regents park, I took loads of pictures here but I think this one is my favourite, it was so hot, the sky was blue and there were thousands of brightly coloured roses in every direction.
A little pot plant I bought for my mother yesterday. The leaves are fantastic! I can't remember what its called though unfortunately.

Until next time. Hopefully it wont be so long until that next time. X

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Berlin, Trees, Doodles, Sunsets.

Last week I went to Berlin and its bustling and heaving with creativity, sprayed and drawn over walls and floors.

The next two from Berlin I couldnt leave out either:

This week, I bought some fantastic Faber-Castel 4 PITT artist pens in black. I've been doodling with them since they arrived yesterday and its my first dabble with watercolour pens. I have that shiny new feeling, a new toy feeling. You cant beat it. Its also got me back into pen work which is a nice change, using the pen straight onto the paper without pencil first.

I took my pens down to the park today and once again found a fantastic tree. It was a magical type tree with shoots of ivy all around the bottom and lovely textures. I think I am a little obsessed with trees at the moment to be honest:

Detoured to my mums garden and saw this lovely little pot with matching blue flowers:

Finished off with a doodle of the tree at the park with the new pens:

Next SEPIA pens *excitement*.

Last but not least whilst writing this blog we had a very crisp sunset out of the window. I havent seen it so clear for a while and seemed to place itself directly in the middle of a block of flats.....


Saturday, 12 February 2011

Operation block

A little quiet lately, but that's ok. Drawing has been slow but that's ok. I'm going back to sketching for a little while due to a slight block over the last month or so. I've sat down to draw but everything I drew felt slightly forced, so I'm leaving the Asia pastel pieces for a little while and going back to trying to draw free and loose without thinking. I think this will be good for me.

Blocks are funny little things and for me its brought on by too much brain activity in other areas of my life. This week whilst sitting at my desk at work, I suddenly felt an urge, grabbed some paper and did two quick sketches out of the window:

This felt FANTASTIC. Magical. Awesome. They are a bit wobbly.

I've also been becoming fascinated by trees:

The last one is my favourite.

Also have become fascinated with the colours in Lush bath bombs (a nice curveball there for you)

until next time x

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Surrounded by colour

So for the first time since moving and receiving the fantastic new table for Christmas I finally used it and did a bit of art work. I sat down and continued the market scene and as I worked (it only took until about ten minutes in) I felt this intense joy. Its the only way I can describe it. When I start to feel like that, I don't really judge what Im doing and I start working from this place where I dont think and my hands just do what they need to do. I can tell you Ive never really had that feeling before, not from what I can remember or maybe I havent been aware of it like I am now. Probably best not to analyse it. I stopped and realised that I had put my new drawings under my bed when I moved in and stuck them up on the side so I could see them as I worked.

It made so much difference to see the drawings and be surrounded by the colour.

I had a few hours which I could work on it so I got stuck in with the bottom section. I realised that the baskets detail would be better by scratching away the oil pastel, so I worked into the thick layers I created.

Today I plan to spend quite a bit of time getting back into it, I've been a bit blocked since I moved in and dealing with a lot of new things. When I'm blocked and stressed, its really hard for me to be creative. Good news is the stress has passed (or at least its now managed and put into perspective) and life feels rather new and exciting.