Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Scribble Picnic - Jars

The prompt for this week's Scribble Picnic is JARS.

My imagination wasn't coming to play at the picnic this week so I ended up just painting something from life...a jar from the pantry.

My son and I LOVE the Vegan Burrito bowls at Zambrero's Mexican restaurants. We adore the Verde sauce and always ask for an extra serve of it. For ages, I had tried to find somewhere that stocked Verde sauce to no avail. That is, until a recent visit to Zambrero's...

I almost did a happy dance right there in the store when I spotted jars of Verde Sauce on the shelf for sale! YES! They are now selling their sauces! I bought two jars of the Verde sauce right then and there...they're expensive but, oh so spicy and delicious!

Needless to say, Verde sauce was my subject for today's picnic.

A quick pen sketch to start with

About two layers of watercolour at this point

More layers and some penwork....almost done

Final result

I thought you might like to see another jar I painted earlier in the year

To see the work of other Scribble Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
To find out how to join in on the fun each week, click HERE.
Michael Macvean is our wonderful host and, for next week's picnic, he has chosen the prompt - FOX. I look forward to seeing what everyone does for that one.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Scribble Picnic - Bird

Well, I had big plans to have a completed Scribble Picnic sketch for you all this week — coloured-in and all, but...

an unexpected visit from one of my sons put a bit of a spanner in the works, I'm afraid. While we had a lovely visit with my son, I didn't get time to work on my sketch until late evening.

Scribble Picnic is hosted by Michael Macvean over on his blog.

This week's theme is BIRD.

SO... filled with excitement, little Tommy is off on another bird-watching adventure. He has his camera set up on the tripod, at the ready, and is scouring the trees and shrubs with his binoculars in hope of spotting a bird to photograph and sketch. Little does he know that a Cockatoo has come to rest on the camera tripod right behind him. Who's watching who? hehe  

Only a very rough pencil sketch for now but it gives you an idea of where I'm headed with this one. A lot more detailing is planned...

To see the work of other Scribble Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
To find out how to join in on the fun each week, click HERE.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Scribble Picnic - Letters/Mail

I'm running late again for Scribble Picnic — sorry, guys.

This week's theme is LETTERS/MAIL and I decided to have a bit of fun using the illustration theme I did for last week - Little Tommy was going on his first Bird Watcher's outing.  See below.

I thought I'd illustrate Tommy getting all excited about receiving his official Bird Watcher's Membership card in the mail.

My rough pencil sketch

Yet to be coloured but this is the pen sketch

To see the work of other Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
For next week's theme, Michael has chosen - BIRD.
I wonder if Tommy will make another appearance? 

Why not come along and join in on the fun. To find out how, click HERE.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Scribble Picnic - Books

YAY! Scribble Picnic is back! This week's theme is BOOKS.

I had an image of a little boy pop into my head and I let my imagination take over from there. Here are some of the rough scribbles I did initially.

Little Tommy is so excited to be going on his first field trip with a local Bird Watcher's group. He has his binoculars, his sketchbook and pencil, plus more supplies in his backpack, including a delicious lunch his Mum has packed for him. He is all set! I wonder if he realises that a little bird is watching him from the fence?

It's only a pen sketch for now but I will definitely be adding colour to this one.

Scribble Picnic is hosted by illustrator extraordinaire, Michael Macvean, and is a weekly event.  We have a lot of fun playing with the themes Michael sets each week.

To see the work of other Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
To find out how to join in on the fun each week, click HERE.

It's been a long day so I'm off to bed now.
Goodnight and sweet dreams.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday Sketches: Colour swatches and butterflies

Up until now, I've done paint colour swatches, from my different travel palettes, on pages spread out among various sketchbooks.  This can be a bit of a pain when trying to remember which palette swatch was in which sketchbook. Well, I had a light-bulb moment this weekend and decided to dedicate just one sketchbook to keep all the swatches in one place. Duh! Why didn't I think of that before?

These are some of my paint palettes but I will also swatch up my watercolour pencils and crayons.

I've made a start. This will make it so much easier for me in the future.

Kohinoor set

The Sennelier Aqua Mini set

When I was painting up these swatches, I noticed a weird odour in the air — like something was burning but not wood. I went outside and saw smoke rising up maybe a block or two away...

It quickly developed into this...the smoke was very thick and black

We heard sirens so felt safe knowing the fire brigade was on the way.  I got chatting with our neighbour and we wondered what it could be. I thought burning rubber? My neighbour thought it might be chemical. The odour did have a chemical-like tinge to it but I guess we will never know. It was put out very quickly whatever it was.

So back to my art desk I went...

For Sunday Sketches this week, I added another butterfly to the spread in my Moleskine watercolour notebook — getting there slowly.

Close up of today's efforts. I used the Sennelier watercolours as well as some Derwent coloured pencils to strengthen the colours.

I should be able to fit a couple more on the page

Sunday Sketches is hosted by talented illustrator, Alexandra Macvean.  Feel free to come along and join us each week. To see the work of other participants for this week, click HERE.

I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely weekend.
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