Friday, 6 July 2012

Red and white

The theme over at Artists Play Room for this week was either red and white, Canada Day, or 
Independence Day for the US citizens. As I'm neither Canadian nor American, I went with the red and white theme. This was a dilemma in itself because I really don't have a lot of red things in my home apart from in the kitchen. 

Then it struck me......Ahhh yes!
The red and white kitchen canisters would be perfect!
kitchen canisters
Pencil-free sketch using Faber-Castell Artists PITT pens, coloured pencils and watercolours in large Moleskine sketchbook.


I'm thoroughly enjoying my personal challenge of sketching in pen only.
The results have a loose, illustrative style which I really like.

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~ Love, light and peace ~

64 comments:

  1. Serena - you also have your red buddha! I know cos I loved yours so much I bought one too!

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    1. Yes...I LOVE my Buddha and I'm so happy to hear you bought one too! My only problem was that the challenge was red AND white or I probably would have sketched him. :)

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  3. Serena, just had a look at your FB page - I didnt know you were from lancashire!!!! born in the UK? Sorry had to delete the last comment I made too many typos!

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    1. You're on FB?? Friend me!! Yes, I was born in Thornton, Fleetwood, in the County of Lancashire...my parents migrated to Australia when I was four years old. :)

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  4. I love this sketch Serena and I'll very graciously accept the red and white for Canada! That got me to wondering what Australia's "colours" are?

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    1. Thanks, Kate! That's very sweet of you. Australia's flag colours are red, white and blue but we celebrate Australia Day in January.

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  5. I love the pencil free sketching as well... I have fallen in love with drawing all over again in the last few months... and these canisters are perfect... hope you are thawing out a little and enjoying a sunny spot out of the cold...xx

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I used to fear using only a pen but now, I feel much more comfortable with a pen than I do with a pencil. I've been feeling cold ALL day...I'm looking forward to snuggling up under the blankets later while watching TV. xx

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  6. Love it Serena! I'm glad you're joining in the APR themes! I'm trying to send you guys some hot air. You can have it! *lol* Warmly, Tracy

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  7. Thanks, Tracy. LOL re. the hot air....we could sure use a little warming up. :)

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  8. Wow, you are brave using pen only. I'm still too chicken to try. Your canisters are fabulous, I love the red. Great for the APR theme. Great to see you are from Brissy too. Keep warm.
    Von

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    1. Thanks, Vonny! I was terrified when I first started using only pen but, amazingly, I adapted fairly quickly. Of course, if I wanted perfection, I'd switch to pencil where I can erase but, I find with pen, I end up with a loose, free illustrative style that appeals to me....perfect for journaling.

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  9. What a fun piece! Red is one of my favorite colors, and yours is perfect. Blessings!

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  10. FUN, fun, fun, Serena! This was a great finish... I love how you handled the "shine" on the metal tins! :o) So pretty... and happy this piece. Happy weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! Glad you like it.

      Have a great weekend too. xo

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  11. Perfect choice. The colours look fantastic!

    xo

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    1. Thanks, Beau! For a quick pen sketch, I was pleased with how it came out. xo

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  12. I love this! And I'm totally impressed you're making pencil-free sketches! I think I'd need to practise a bit first, I'm so rusty!

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    1. Thanks, Carin! My pen sketches are no where near perfect, quite wonky in fact, but I do love the loose, illustrative style I end up with. So pick up a pen and give it a go....main thing is to have fun with it. :)

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  13. Fantastic splash of red! So vivid ~ I love it!
    I like the idea of sketching in pen...but I'm terrified.
    I'm far too rigid but need to be brave and try to loosen up! Maybe one day ;D
    Neesie (APR#11)

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    1. Thanks, Neesie! I was terrified of working only in pen too but, as soon as I put the pen to paper, it seemed to flow much easier than I expected. I started using pen because I felt I was too rigid with pencil. Give it a try...you may be pleasantly surprised. :)

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  14. Love this drawing - wish I could manage this type of thing but my perspective drawing sucks and I just can't seem to get the hang of it. You commented on my site about stamp carving....I didn't carve anything - that's way too much of a commitment. My stamp was done with that super thin craft foam in the kids art dept (actually I bought a pack from the $1 store) that I just cut with scissors. Super easy and no stress, no strain. Try it, you'll like it!

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    1. Thanks, Terrie! I'm not great perspective either...I can see flaws but they're happy flaws. Btw, I knew you didn't carve the stamp you made but I haven't even done anything like that despite getting all the supplies I needed. I even bought a wood-burning tool to carve stamps out of the foam board. I took a lesson through Alisa Burke on making stamps. One day I WILL create my first stamp but, at the rate I'm going, I'm just not sure what year it will be. lol

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  15. Gorgeous red + white!!! I continue to be amazed that you do these pencil-free...

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  16. Lovely. Very striking and well done!

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  17. I think you are one of the few who sketch in pen, I think I remarked before that I do this too, just not as well as you. I'm not sure if I find it "freeing", I'm just too lazy to sketch out in pencil and redo! lol sad state of me! lol Lol the bright red against the white background, really does pop off the page! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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    1. Thanks, Sandee! I'm a member of some art groups where quite a lot of the artists sketch only in pen...they have been a real inspiration to me. :)

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  18. I really love your red & white canisters. And I agree sketching with pen is somehow more freeing than with pencil. You(me)must use mistakes and be creative to fold them into the end result. Speaking of mistakes! I but my comment in the FB comment area above before I saw this one. So now you have it both places!

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! Yep, blending in those mistakes or really just accepting them is all part of the fun. No, you didn't make a mistake with your comment. All Facebook users are welcome to use the Facebook comment box if they prefer. I'll see their comments either way. :)

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  19. OOh, I'm in LOVE with your painting, holy cow it's so great!! You're right about the loose style, it's fabulous although I wish I had your courage to use pen first in a sketchbook. That's fortitude!
    Hugs,
    Jenn
    PS. Hope it;s not too cold down there.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer....glad you like it. I'm not sure what the cut off time is for leaving the link on your site so I try to have it done by Friday (Aussie time)....this was done in a pinch. lol You should try sketching in pen as it's truly not as scary as you may think.

      Yes, we're still freezing DownUnder but at least I'm managing to stay rugged up, cosy and warm. :)

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  20. These red and white canisters are simply adorable. I love them, especially since I can't draw, sketch, or paint. great job.

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  21. These are so cute! I admire you being able to do ink drawings and not using any pencil. I can't quite do that yet. But then I don't practice my sketching enough, either. Hope you are staying warm down there and are feeling better. Love and hugs!! :):)

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    1. Thanks, Rita....trying to stay warm. It's actually not too bad today although the cold will start setting in around 3pm.

      Love and hugs,
      Serena xo

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  22. I love this! the colors are so rich!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny....I was pleased with how the reds turned out too. :)

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  23. Beautiful job! It is amazing what you can do with ONLY pen!

    Have a great dy!

    Ciao
    Sensible Sarah

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  24. Hi Serena!
    Love your red canisters! Going in straight with pen is my favorite kind of drawings. You are so right about the looseness one can achieve when doing that. Drawing without fear and just trusting your own ability to draw and if there are lines that are a bit skew it's happy accidents which compliments the sketch. Your drawing is lovely! I love the shine and the splash of blue at the bottom is beautiful!

    Love and peace to you
    Ansota :)

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    1. Thanks, Monica! I actually feel more comfortable with a pen than with pencil now. Happy accidents add character to the piece. :)

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  25. What a great challenge. I like to draw pencil free too really makes your mind work extra hard:)) I think these look terrific! The colors are wonderful as well as the shadows you created!
    Have a great day:) FranT xo

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  26. I love sketching in pen too! I too find it freeing, it also helps you to take a longer look at the object and understand it more. You did a great job!

    Just thought that I'd let you know I got an Etsy shop now! www.michaelsmedley.etsy.com

    Have a great day!
    Michael Lounsbury
    www.michaelsmedley.blogspot.ca
    www.michaelsmedley.etsy.com

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    1. Thanks, Michael....good luck with your ETSY shop!

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  27. Wow Serena! I really love the drawing of the cannisters! Just gorgeous :)

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  28. Such energy in these cannisters (and I don't mean from the contents!) This is such a beautiful drawing. LOVE your new banner as well!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! Glad you like the banner....you're the first person to mention it. ;)

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  29. Believe it or not, I have a secrect love for the colour red! Maybe it's because I'm Italian....!
    Even though I'm a neutral decor kinda'gal, I love playing with the colours in my sketchbook!

    Your red tins are vibrant...and inspiring me to do a little drawing today at some point. I'm just stuck on my crocheting at the moment.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina

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    1. Hi Carmelina!

      So nice of you to drop by. Funny that I've never been into red as a colour yet I steered towards red decor in my kitchen, probably because it suited the chilli theme.

      I hear ya....I've been doing a lot of crochet myself of late. I'm working on a blanket throw at the moment but I have a lot of baby stuff to do before November. :)

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  30. Serena -- if my 13 year old gave you one of the nubby pencils he keeps in his pocket and that's the only you had to draw with, you would still create something spectacular. Your sketches are always so real and absolutely fantastic! Hope you are well. We just returned from Sri Lanka. I am making myself stay awake until this evening though I haven't really slept in 2 days. Hope your week is great. Tammy

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    1. Awwwww...thanks for the kind words, Tammy. So good to hear you're back from Sri Lanka safe and sound. I'll be looking forward to seeing the pics you took whilst away.

      Get a good night's sleep, my friend ~ xo

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  31. Serena - great job on the cannisters. I'm almost ready to start drawing again - the artists play room sounds great..

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! Come join us over at the Artist's Play Room. It's fun and the people are lovely!

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  32. Hi Serena,
    Your Red and White Canisters are great! I want to sketch and paint like you when I grow up! LOL
    Hugs,
    I just added a new doll to my blog if you would like to see her . Please leave a comment. :)

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  33. Thanks, Norma....glad you like the canisters! Thanks for the heads up on your new doll....will pop on over to check her out shortly. xo

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