We seem to have gone from endless sunshine to everlasting rain almost overnight. I am sure the countryside needs it, but it is rather depressing nonetheless, especially with all the gloomy Covid news.
Top 'We spent the morning sketching out on the sea wall near Slaughden, then the afternoon using them to create mixed media. Mine weren’t very mixed...'
Bottom 'This a mixed media piece I did at the workshop in Aldeburgh, on Saturday: this is from a plein air charcoal sketch, reinterpreted in gouache and oil pastel.
Another sketch looking across the Alde
Reinterpreted in Gouache
A test piece: gouache, collage and oil pastel.
1. Gourds from the garden.
2. Having been locked in yesterday by the weather I did stroll and sketch today. Such a lovely walk to Denham in the sunshine I paused by the turkey farm but the birds got so excited to see me and noisy that I walked on to the church and did this sketch just as the showers swept in. No matter, it was wonderful being outdoors, saw a kestrel dip and dive for his prey and lots of mushrooms on the way home.
3. This is just me confined indoors by weather and experimenting by overlaying washes.
4. More produce from the veg patch. Chris brought in these beautiful purple peppers pleading to be painted and making such a lovely colour complement.
Maggie-Anne says, 'Here is this week's effort which is meant to portray a very very spiky chestnut that I collected on a dog walk last week and spiked my finger when extracting it from my pocket. In my best endeavours to portray spickles I seem to have ended up with what looks like a praying mantis rather than a horse chestnut. Hey ho...
I will probably try it again 'cos it is so nice and maybe even delve into acrylic rather than pastels
I have continued to work on the apple drawing from last week, colouring it with pencil. Not sure whether I will continue or have a break. And below are two old still lives from two years ago, and a very familiar-looking lady taking tea, for those of you who are hankering after some figure drawing or portraiture.
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Here you can download larger versions of the images above, to use at home.