Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sketching raisin toast

Happy Sunday to you! 
Today actually felt like Saturday to me for some reason. 
I guess I always lose track of days when Aaron is on school holidays.

I did a bit of homework for Sketchbook Skool today. 
Danny Gregory is teacher for this first week of second semester. 
Yet another awesome klass!

My homework - A slice of raisin toast. 
I used PITT pens in various widths and colours -
 dark sepia, black, raw umber, green gold and sanguine - 
in my Moleskine A5 sketchbook.


Linking up to Sunday Sketches and Artists Play Room this week.

Friday, 4 July 2014

My kitchen rules....

I was thrilled to go back to skool this morning. 
Danny Gregory was teacher for the first week of 
the 'SEEING' course at Sketchbook Skool
I can't wait to get started on homework but first, 
I needed to finish my homework from the first semester. 

Tommy Kane was such an AWESOME teacher! 
He's a detail man when it comes to sketching so 
that suited me perfectly. 
He also likes to work directly in pen...
me too!

One of our homework assignments was to sketch our kitchen. 

So, this morning, I pulled up a chair and got to work 
on a double page spread in my Moleskine A5 sketchbook...
I had already started adding watercolour when I'd realised that
I hadn't taken a photo of just the plain black and white sketch 
so there is a little colour on this one.

After the initial pen sketch,
I did a watercolour wash....

Then a little coloured pencil for more emphasis....

I'm not sure that I'm fully finished with it yet....
but I did enjoy the process.

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I recently bought a Holcroft Artist's A6 Travelling Journal
at Riot's Arts and Crafts.
It has a flexible Italian-made cover,
 160 pages of acid-free, recycled, quad-ruled, 120gsm paper.
And just like a Moleskine,
it has a pocket for ephemera at the back of the journal,
 a place marker ribbon,
and an elastic enclosure belt.

My first page spread below.


It handled my Uniball Vision ELITE ink pen very well without any bleed-through.
It did buckle quite badly with the wet media but dried reasonably flat,
 also no bleed-through with the watercolours.
All in all, it handled similar to my Moleskine sketchbooks...
but maybe a little more accepting of watercolours.
I think I'm going to enjoy playing in this journal
especially for fast, daily sketches.

Today, I'm linking up to Paint Party Friday.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Recuperating and sketching....

I've been recuperating after coming down with a terrible bug 
in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  
Vomiting, massive headache, and intense aches and pains all over. 
I was pretty much bedridden or couch-ridden. 
By Friday mid-morning, I managed to do some sketching in bed 
and, as luck would have it, I was able to stomach green tea again, 
but still no coffee or food....even a sip of coffee would make me feel nauseous. 

This is the extra large mug that my daughter bought for me some months back. 
I had accidentally broken my previous mug and
Michelle knows I love BIG, endless mugs of tea or coffee. 
That's my girl! 

This was sketched directly with pen and watercolours 
in my pocket A6 Moleskine sketchbook.

On Saturday, I was eating light meals but could only cope with coffee in small doses. 

I did some more quick sketching....
keeping Roz Stendahl's Sketchbook Skool klass in mind, 
I sketched some of my granddaughters' animal figurines 
which I had borrowed for this very purpose. 

These were sketched with pigment liners 
in my large A5 Moleskine sketchbook.



Some lounge room sketches below...
Brad dosed and I sketched him
while the Buddha looked on....
his turn came around too.

Sketched with a Uniball Vision Elite .5 blue/black pen 
in Moleskine A6 sketchbook.

You may notice that the sketch below was in the very last page 
of my pocket A6 Moleskine sketchbook 
again sketched with a Uniball Vision Elite .5 pen in blue/black.

Another one completed...YAY!!!   


OH, this is one I forgot to post the other week....
another animal figurine sketch, 
this time trying out a PITT Calligraphy pen to sketch very quickly 
in my Moleskine A6 sketchbook. 


I'm linking up to Sunday Sketches and Artists Play Room this week.

I'm feeling much, much better now
and I certainly hope I won't run into that bug again 
any time soon.
It was downright nasty!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sketching budgies

Roz Stendahl's Sketchbook Skool klass encouraged us to sketch animals, 
whether they be model figurines, animals toys, or the real thing. 
I did some quick pen sketches of Aaron's budgies,
not looking for perfection but rather loose and messy. 
Budgies are not an easy subject being that they don't stay in one spot for long at all.
The reason we practise sketching fast is because animals in the wild
don't strike a pose for us so it's handy to quickly note gestures etc.

Maelik is the blue budgie in the background.

Bella is the yellow one and Jacob, the green.

Blogger is misbehaving something terrible tonight! 
It's taking forever to upload just one photo. :(
I only hope that it allows me to publish this post when I'm done.


A splash of watercolours to give it a bit of a lift. 

I sketched this one back in 2012 and obviously took a little more time with it.
You'll note that Surya has had a name change since then
and is now known as Bella.
the birds in our household

Linking up today with Sunday Sketches and Artists Play Room.

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A taste of Sketchbook Skool

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Sketching chillies

I'm still catching up with Sketchbook Skool klasses. 
I do hope I don't lag behind in Semester 2 which starts July 4.
Jane LaFazio was the teacher for week four
and we were treated to another great klass.
Our homework was to create a sketch using a grid.

I started out with a quick pen sketch 
of my potted chilli plant.


Yes, I DO love chillies! 
The hotter, the better!


Medium:  Pen and watercolours
Paper: Large Moleskine watercolour notebook. Approx. A4 size.


Nothing like having my eyes watering, nose running, and mouth burning 
from a nice Asian/Indian meal with a red-hot chilli heat.  YUM!


I usually pick these fiery red beasts, then freeze them in a ziplock bag ready for use.
Sometimes, I'll put them in a jar of vinegar and let it sit in the fridge for a few weeks to infuse. 
The chilli vinegar is delicious over hot chips...
My mouth started watering as I typed that last sentence. I kid you not!
I've also been known to mash a few of the vinegar chillies among the chips too.
Do you like chilli hot food?


Today, I'm linking up with this week's Paint Party Friday.

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