Sketching Pretty Pink Pigs

Sketch of pink pigs 1

Sketch of pink piggies, complete with photobombing pig. Fine liner and watercolour wash.

Hello friends, how’s it going?

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to draw this week, you know, one of those blocks that have you staring at the blank page with no clue how to fill it.

Suddenly something popped into my head and said “pigs”. I like pigs generally speaking but random pig drawing, who knows where that came from?

I did a google search and found a few piggy pictures and this was the result.

The pig in the bottom right of the page above really makes me chuckle, it looks like he just photobombed the page ha!

Sketch of pink pigs 2

More piggy sketches.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

Lilac, So many Little Flowers

splattered lilac flowers

Splattering paint to give an impression of lilac flowers.

Hi there. How are you? It’s been gloriously sunny here, spring at its finest.

Walking past some of the gardens around here I noticed the lilac was starting to bloom. I love lilac, all of the tiny little flowers in slightly different shades of purple and the smell that I can not get enough of.

I went out into the neighbourhood with my little camera and took a few pictures. I have been trying to work out how to draw them and I have to admit it’s very daunting.

splattered lilac flowers and fine liner

Splattering paint in the shape of lilac blooms and picking out the shapes of individual flowers with a micron pen.

I started out with the impression of lilacs splashing and splattering various shades of mauve and purple onto the paper in some thing of the shape I wanted, this could be ok for maybe distant lilac. (To be honest the more I look at this one the more it grows on me).

I made more splatters and drew over them with a fine liner. I liked how they all came out but wasn’t capturing the thing that really fascinated me, all the tiny flowers.

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More splattering and picking shapes of individual flowers with a micron pen.

Next I drew out the little flowers sprays in different positions and coloured them in.

lilac practice blossoms 2

Drawing out the shapes of small sprays and individual flowers, then colouring them in.

Once I had the feel for them I had another go. This last one is my favourite; I even managed to get the yellow centres in.

lilac flower heads

Pen and watercolour sketches of lilac. This one was my favorite.

I had a great time with the lilac this week, I did manage to pick a few blooms and put them in a vase so not only did I have the chance to look very closely at them I’ve also had the gorgeous aroma too, can’t do better than that.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Prevost’s Squirrels

Prevost’s Squirrels

A watercolour sketch of Prevost’s Squirrels drawn from some photos I’d taken at the zoo.

Hi there, how are you?

Recently we want to the zoo. We don’t have passes any more but our zoo is very generous and lets us see just a few animals without even having to pay! Elephants, warthogs, a couple of species of birds and squirrels, all there to see any time the zoo is open.

These aren’t the usual gray squirrels we have in the local woods though, they are Prevost’s squirrels. They’re lovely colours of blue and orange and white, very beautiful.

A while ago they had babies and now they are all old enough to scamper around the enclosure with the adults.

It’s nice to see them chasing around after each other and basking in the sun.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Watercolour Blossoms

watercolour blossoms 1

Hi there, how are you?

This week I have been using the watercolour paper again. I had some photos of pale pink blossom. I was going to try negative painting again but ended up using masking fluid.

I masked out the whole flowers leaves and buds using a colour shaper and put in the background.

watercolour blossoms 2I probably could have just painted around the shapes but I was using a new paint that is very granulating and wasn’t sure how it would behave. I really liked the way the colour split and moved around the paper.

I masked the stamens this time using a cocktail stick to get a finer line and painted in the shadows.

On the whole it turned out ok

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Perfect Gifts For Mother’s Day

red rose sketch

Hi there, how are you?

Last week was Mother’s Day and I was very blessed to have received flowers and a shiny new orchid plant, (also boxes of chocolates but we won’t mention those as they are no longer with us, shhh) Thank you kids.

The white orchid we had just lost its last bloom so that was lucky. The bunch of flowers contained roses and gerberas, both were stunning, which t draw first?

Roses are always tricky, the buds I can manage but fully open roses hmm. It didn’t turn out too bad, slightly better than usual which makes me happy.

gerbera sketch 1

The gerberas “oooff” I drew quite a few and these were the ones that turned out the best.

gerbera sketch 2

pink orchid sketch

I have decided I like drawing orchids, I’m not saying I’m brilliant at drawing them but I do enjoy drawing them. I think it will be interesting to see if having some colour to the flowers changes the way I put the shadows into them.

Beautiful and useful what more could you want.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

More Negative Painting

blossom 1 negative painting

First blossoms picked out with negative painting.

Hi there, how are you?

I’ve been playing around with negative painting again. Like last week I used the book watercolour: painting outside the lines by Linda Kemp. In her exercise she just placed a wet into wet wash of colour onto some paper and allowed it to dry. Maybe Linda Kemp had some idea what she wanted as an end result. She found some berries and made It look really good.

I put my colours down (I kept it to two colours trying to keep it simple) and waited. I couldn’t see berries; I am terrible at this kind of thing and after a lot of staring into the paper decided on flowers (blossom). The idea is to use negative painting to pick out the thing you see.

blossom 2 negative painting

Second blossoms picked out with negative painting.

It sort of worked, probably need o do more of this to grasp what’s going on but for a first try I think it’s ok.

Below are the dried washes I started off with. If you squint really hard maybe you can see the flowers?

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First attempt at a wet in to wet background

wet in to wet background 2

Second attempt at a wet in to wet background

The test is trying to use this technique in a real painting.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

Negative Painting

nagative painting 3 shoots

Painted with 3 shoots (that’s what I’m calling the shape) got a bit muddy. I used too much paint on the first layer so adding more layers everything started to meld together.

Hi there, how are you?

I would like to make better use of my watercolours. I use watercolour all the time for colouring in my little sketches but I don’t use watercolour paper, just the paper in my sketch book.

I’m not saying I’m afraid of watercolour (because that would be stupid right?) I just think to myself “when I get better at this art stuff I’ll use the good paper.

The thing is the sketch book I use is made with white note-book paper and I’ve become used to how ink, watercolour and numerous other art products work with this paper.  Watercolour paper on the other hand is a complete mystery to me, knowing how much paint or water to use to make the marks I want is something I still need to learn. Also using a paint brush instead of my usual water brush is something else I’m struggling with.

I have decided to start using watercolour paper more and learn to use it properly. I went to the library and picked out a book to learn from. The book I picked is Watercolour: painting outside the lines by Linda Kemp. Adding shadows or depth to my art has been a struggle and I thought that if I followed some of the exercises it would become a bit clearer and also a lot of fun.

nagative painting 4 shoots

The 4 shoot version was the second attempt. It came out a little better than the 3 shoot version, the layers of paint were lighter and I used the recommended colours from the book which worked quite well together.

nagative painting shoot

Going around the edge of a shape with 3 colours and letting them all blur together, leaving the shape of the shoot unpainted.

nagative painting hills

Draw a wavy line near the edge of the painting. Paint a wash of colour from the line to the edge of the paper and leave to dry. Continue leaving a small layer of the previous layer and again paint to the edge. Repeat to the top of the page. It makes a hilly landscape.

nagative painting leaves

I got a little lost on this one. The shapes of the leaves behind are supposed to show through the holes on the top (white) leaf.

This is a good book but it does contain an epic amount of information not only on negative painting but colour and composition. I will have to either renew it or borrow it again in the future to fully take it all in!

I also watched a few YouTube videos with Linda Kemp demonstrating some of her techniques. She makes it look so easy, she definitely knows her stuff!

NB: All of the paintings are exercises from the book and painted for practice purposes only. Linda Kemp owns the ideas and I claim no ownership of them.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x