Drawing and photography are central to my practice. Both make pressing - if sometimes fictitious - claims to the capture of lost moments.


Another meal

Brush marker, pencil, pencil crayon and watercolour in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.

Don't ask. The letters took a while to do!



Brush marker and watercolour in Moleskine sketchbook


Brush markers in Moleskine sketchbook.

The brush pen doesn't respond to pressure like a real brush, and doesn't produce the surprise and beauty of a real brush either - but also, hey, no blobs! And so transportable. Actually, it's a glorified marker, but a very seductive instrument because so smooth and easy to use, and I like the chunky lines  because my tendency is to a nervy line, and a thin point makes that too scratchy sometimes. But with a brush pen, you can't really get fine detail, should you want to. Great colours though. I love using various tones of the same colour, especially the shades of grey.



Brush marker and watercolour in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.

This one was harder to scan than to do: the page here has a pink cast, which the original doesn't... and the blossoms in my drawing are a dustier pink - I'm not good enough at Photoshop to get the colours separately to match. 

Probably no post tomorrow as I'll be out of range of the computer... question: is a blog a promise?



Best dog in the world x 3, plus shadows.
Brush markers and watercolour in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.

Brush markers, collage and pencil crayon in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.
Made a dog's breakfast of it, so redrew the one dog, and collaged and drew some more when back home. The first one also part fieldwork, part homework.


New sketchbook, more cows

Ink pen and watercolour in Windsor and Newton sketchbook

I'll fess up, I drew these cows (and others that I really didn't like - my hand's a bit "out" today!) from some photographs I took while out on a walk a few days ago. Too much going on with herd and scared dog to stop and draw - except outside the fence, which I sometimes do! I think I've made the cow on the left look like a pig! 

The sketchbook has quite a grey-blue cast which is a bit strange, and the paper has a different absorbency from the previous Windsor and Newton sketchbook - not quite sure if I like it. (Oh - I'm also experimenting with the size of uploads onto this blog, so this drawing is a bit smaller than earlier ones.)
Here's another, in pencil crayon, from a spot of gardening early this morning, about which I know as close to nothing as is possible, but learning with a bit of common sense and a few tips from others. And now back to the studio!

Pencil and pencil crayon in Windsor and Newton sketchbook