Monday, 24 November 2014

Another week of sketches...

I've been melting in the heat this past week 
and we're not even in full-fledged summer yet. 
I am definitely a cold weather gal!
 I don't mind a dry heat,
but unfortunately, we have high humidity here.

Anyway, more sketches below for the 365 daily sketch challenge.
I sketch directly with pen unless stated otherwise.


73/365 - My Buddha Belly (Jatropha Podagrica).

74/365 - I love beetroot so, when Beau told me about this juice,
I just had to try it.  YUM!

75/365 - I have one of these wooden HOME signs.
The colours are so pretty.

76/365 - Ginger beer is one of my favourite drinks.
When I think of home-made ginger beer,
I think of a stone-ware flagon with a cork.
Bundaberg ginger beer is my favourite commercial brand.


77/365 - This old bicycle is going to the roadside
for the council to collect so I thought I'd sketch it first.
I used the fast/slow method used by Danny Gregory in Sketchbook Skool.


78/365 - I'm in LAMY heaven!!!
My Lamy JOY pen with EF nib arrived  in the mail
and I'm thrilled with it!!!
I will always remember the fountain pen
my Dad gave me as a young teen.
I was a bit of a pen freak back then too
and I used it to write a lot of letters.
I wish I could remember what happened to it.
I'm guessing it was lost in one of our house moves over the years.

79/365 - The 'Sing for Health' choir that Bradley and I performed with
earlier this year are giving a Christmas performance.
We're quite excited!
While killing time until choir practise last week,
I sketched this potted palm at the Jacob's Well cafe
using my new Lamy JOY pen, of course.

I'm a little late but I'm linking up to Sunday Sketches HERE.

19 comments:

  1. I so enjoy seeing your sketch book each week. It really makes me want to journal again.

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen. I hope it does inspire you to journal again. :)

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  2. More beautiful journal pages, Serena. How long does it take you to do your pages each day? I love the plant in the first set of pages. Love that touch of red. :)

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Length of time per sketch will vary depending on how fast or slow, how detailed or loose, each sketch is. It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to maybe 45 minutes or an hour. To be honest, I've never taken note of the time.

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  3. Such a weird feeling to be reading about heat there during winter here - I prefer the winter though! Lovely sketches as always, Serena.

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    1. Thanks, Keith. :) I know, it's just as weird for me to think about you guys in winter while we swelter in the heat here.

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  4. I'm impressed with your dedication to the daily sketch challenge. Your work is always gorgeous and very precise. Happy Belated Sunday Sketches and Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Arnoldo. I would love to break the precise aspect but I find it very difficult with coming from a background in art realism. :)

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  5. Hi. I love your sketches! (I'm a fellow sketchbook skooler), do you have a link to the Lamy pen you purchased? I can't decide between the safari and the joy. Right now I'm sketching with a dip pen but you can't really transport it around.. lest make a mess so I need a fountain pen. It is definitely another experience to sketch with nibs!

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    1. Hi Luisa,
      Thanks for dropping by. Here is the link where I bought my LAMY JOY although I've noticed it is no longer on special. http://www.larrypost.com.au/brands/lamy-shop/lamy-joy/lamy-joy-calligraphy-fountain-pen-white.html You might want to check out http://www.gouletpens.com OR http://jetpens.com I went for the Lamy Joy because Liz Steel uses one and raves about them. I'm enjoying mine so far. I bought the Detramentis Permanent/Document ink and it's fantastic! It dries fast and is permanent unlike the Lamy inks. Note that the Lamy JOY is a longer handle than the SAFARI but I find it fits into a pencil tin easily for transporting. I've heard very good things about the Pilot PRERA's - http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Prera-Fountain-Pens/ct/410. They are next on my list. Let me know what you decide on.

      Happy sketching!

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  6. Haven't been here for a while, I'd forgotten how good your sketches are :)

    Love the Home sign, and never heard of a buddha belly before.

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    1. Thanks, Nigel. I'm sorry I haven't visited you in a while either. Life has become so busy for me since Dad went into a Nursing Home as I am looking out for my Mum too. I miss my blog buddies....maybe over the Christmas break, I can find time to catch up with everyone.

      I hadn't heard of a Buddha's belly (Jatropha Podagrica) either until I spotted it growing in a pot in Mum's garden. When I told her how much I loved it, she gave it to me. YAY! I had to research it on the net to find out what it was. lol

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  7. you did that old bike proud Serena. It looks so wonderful in the drawing, done in turquoise it looks awesome. Is that a color you mixed or is it one that comes in a tube (HOPING for tube!!) hehehe. Hugs my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. Someone picked the bike up from the roadside within a couple of hours of us placing it there so I'm glad to know it's of use to someone. As far as the colour, I used paint already mixed/dried on my palette but it would have definitely been Art Spectrum Australian Turquoise as the base with maybe a touch of Art Spectrum Phthalo Blue or possibly Schmincke Prussian Blue. I honestly can't remember which blue I added but, for sure, the AS Australian Turquoise would have been the main base colour. I can't get enough of that one. Love it! Hugs to you! xx

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  8. It seems that as you are melting in the heat, I am hiding from the cold!! Gorgeous sketches Serena :0)

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  9. I love your sketches! You are very talented!

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