I wondered why I had so many likes and comments on my blog and Instagram site yesterday morning. I was delighted and honored to find that I was the featured artist for that day on Doodlewash.com You can see the post here.
Thanks so much Charlie for inviting me. It was a pleasure being on your page.
So, after that little excitement it’s back to my daily journal entries. Following on from my dabble with markers I thought I’d see how well I could get them to work on a landscape sketch. I do love the speed of these. A quick outline with a fine line pen, then block in with the colored marker and a bit of extra shading or highlight colour with Polychromos colour pencils. I added a little heavier marker to define the shapes.
This is my boy Hamish, who was posing so nicely for me, and because I had gessoed the previous page I knew I could use a brush pen for the outline without worrying about the pen bleeding through the paper. I love doing these simple Etegami type sketches/paintings.
The weekend drawing event on Wetcanvas challenge this week was to do a self portrait. I have done a few before, each looking totally different so I’m pleased to think that this is the closest I have come to a likeness. I still have a way to go yet though
I recently bought a book by Pat Weaver – Watercolor Simplified and although I’m only part way through it I love it. She writes in a no nonsense way, direct and to the point, similar to how she paints, with great information on composition, value, drawing, etc. I read all the reviews on Amazon first and they were just about all 5 star. Unfortunately the book is not shipped to Australia so I had to buy a Kindle version. At least there is no waiting and it’s a little bit cheaper.
One great tip I picked up from her book was when doing a front on portrait, is that a line drawn from the outside corner of the eye, the nose and the inside corner of the eye will form an equilateral triangle. This keeps the nose in correct proportion. I never knew that before!
I did this one in my veggie garden. I am so proud of my bean crop 🙂
Another one from the garden. I don’t know if she is a good butterfly or one that will leave her babies to destroy my beans.
Another one from the Wetcanvas 2 hour challenge. Connievanwinssen posted the photos this week and shared photos of a trip to Nepal.
And lastly, yesterday was Australia Day. Traditionally a time of BBQ’s, gatherings and beach parties. Thongs (yes, that’s what we call them in Oz, not flip flops) are part of the National dress, especially on the beach!