Day Four of the post three drawings for five days challenge. Yes, it's taking longer than five days. Way longer.
Today, I chose these three drawings because they are all linked. Obviously, they are, but I thought I'd expand on how they are linked. And, how I work sometimes. So yes, of course, I've worked with the same palette here. Incidentally, blues and browns are my favourite colour combination. I just think they work so beautifully together. They also work great with the cream Moleskine paper which is the sketchbook I worked in here.
I often have a few sketchbooks on the go. Quite a few in fact. A lot are Moleskine
, but not all. These days I'll draw on anything and everything. The top page is from what I call a 'spare sketchbook'. It's the kind of book that doesn't have a specific theme, it's just somewhere where I dump all of my thoughts, play around with images and compositions, practice my handwriting, file all those lovely juicy quotes and lyrics - that I happen upon - for future reference and make lists. Lots of lists. I love these kind of books. Everyone should have this sort of sketchbook. I can guarantee if I look through this book (this one is about seven years old now) I am reminded of and inspired by all sorts of things I'd forgotten.
At one time, when I was going through a drawing funk (they don't happen anymore by the way) and whining about it on my blog I was offered a piece of advice that I've never forgotten. I remember who gave me the advice too. It was Felicity Graces
who some of you may know - although she doesn't draw, or at least, post her drawings anywhere near enough these days. Anyway, where as other people had been telling me to look through the work of my favourite artists or contemporaries, Felicity said definitely do not do that but look back through my own back catalogue of work. It was good advice. That's where you reconnect with what you love to do and the things you love to draw and why you love to draw.
So, that's why I recommend having a 'spare sketchbook'. You'll find so much in there too relight your fire. And, so to these drawings. Both of the two (bottom) drawings came about from developing themes I played around with in the top spread. By taking the notes and ideas and pushing and pulling them in all directions.
And, another thing, the envelope spread is what can happen when something goes wrong on a page; collage. The best way to cover all of your mistakes.
Damn, I'm going to miss this place this year. These are drawings of Clermont Ferrand. They're a kind of mixture of realism and imagination, fact and fiction. I like that place in between both. I have an idea for a small series of these drawings. So, if I will not get to physically visit this year, I will travel there through drawing.
©the enchanted easel 2014
meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.
she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:
also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:
|four kokeshi series|
©the enchanted easel 2014
I'm still working on different colourways for my Into the Woods collection, but meanwhile, here's another new mini-collection that I've designed for spring and summer. It's wonderfully bright and cheerful, with lots of flowers that pop, and coordinating little florettes (well, that's what I call them) and stripes of curvy leaves ... wonderful for outdoor parties and get-togethers in the sunshine.
I've already placed in onto tons of lovely goodies for the home, kitchen, and on gift boxes and matching cards and wrapping paper. Click here for a peek at a Pop Flowers table setting, and on the links below to pop over to the stores where it's on a whole range of sweet products:
Pop Flowers Collection by Floating Lemons for Zazzle
Pop Flowers pink at Society6
Pop Flowers blue at Society6
Have fun and enjoy a wonderful week. Cheers.
A couple more of my posters for our Dr Sketchy Sheffield events. I just love doing this poster artwork. I've been wondering why I enjoy it so much. It's obvious really, that mix of illustration and text really floats my boat. Maybe I should hire myself out as a poster artist. Have an event that you need a poster for? I'm your lady.
You can read a post about one of my poster artist heroes, the legendary Toulouse Lautrec, and see more of my own creations HERE
Three more ersatz woodcuts done on iPad using the Ukiyo-e app, an invaluable proofing tool in my opinion. All part of the continuing Four Letter Words
Ukiyo-e on iPad. Click to enlarge.
I actually have a lot of good ocean ideas, but I'm setting up my first professional website - eek - and it is stressing me out and taking FOREVER. So, I'll leave you with an old favorite of mine that is perfect for the subject.
wish me luck
Another in the Four Letter Words
series of pseudo woodcuts. Watch this space for updates about the book.Ukiyo-e on iPad. Click to enlarge.
Now, here's something I've been meaning to post for a long time. For a long long time. Since I had my first solo exhibition
over a year ago, in fact. After the exhibition I was commissioned to create two of these 'small blue thing' drawings. This one was for Sally, a surprise gift for her husband (it's a scarab, by the way, Sally), and the other was for the Hughes family. When I delivered the Hughes' drawing I was given this poem, below. Karey had been inspired to write it after visiting my exhibition. I read it often, and have been meaning to come up with the perfect drawing to post with it. But, as yet, that drawing has not happened and as this one has remained un-posted it seemed fitting. Plus, if I continue to wait for the perfect drawing I'll never share the poem with you. And, that would not be right. It's one of the most lovely, and humbling, gifts I've received.
No, there’s pencil, ink, gel pen, crayon, markereven tippex, in your riotous attention to detail.Thousands of careful lines;such small changes of pressure, shade, direction. How much of your timeto draw all those buttons, coins, badges, tickets, hair grips? Even tiny cat claws.Obsessive? Compulsive?I’m a voyeur reading your notebooks,
a kindred detective with too many clues:
mass-produced, man-made, plastic, metal
or something natural, unique?
Any object is subject.
Nothing escapes a curious eye.You rummage in the attic of my memory
to conjour your magic; a delicate, crazy art
full of surprises
like your quirky picture-title puns
from songs in your head,
now in mine, old favourites -
Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega.A kind of give and take
where nothing is too ordinary
or too personal
so you offer up your socks,
like fat birds on a wire,
even a black bra draped over a line,
and in “drawers” - knickers,
blowing in a breeze!Clothes in a washing machine,
half-submerged in soapy water -
you call it, “slooshy sloshy, slooshy sloshy”
Washed pots draining
and lots of shoes from all angles
and pages of doodles and travel memorabilia,
with whimsical thoughts in curly calligraphy:
“will it ever stop raining?”
“trying to keep out of the rain”.
You must be local. You make me laugh.It takes time and close attention
to notice everything –
Like peering through a doll’s house window
and seeing my own life,
in every shiny detail:
I want to empty out my pockets!inspired by an exhibition of art work called “strictly ballpoint” by Andrea Joseph at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery 2011
Above is a photo that I took at my show. For some really great photos check out THIS POST
by Pippa, which was another lovely gift I received after the exhibition. I really am a very lucky, ahem, 'girl'.
I drew this whilst listening to the news about Chris Huhne
on the radio.ZenBrush and ArtStudio on iPad. Click to enlarge.
I'm back. Circus life was not for me. No, I have too much baggage (well, boxes) to lug around.
Not much to say about this drawing, really, except that throughout it this song was in my mind;
Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on,
put your lights on
'Cause there's a monster,
living under my bed,
whispering in my ear
And there's an angel,
with a hand on my head
She say I got nothing to fear
There's a darkness,
living deep in my soul
it still got a purpose to serve
So let your lights shine,
deep into my home
God don't let me lose my nerve,
don't let me lose my nerve
From Supernatural by Santana
'Put Your Lights On' lyrics by Everlast
sapphire blue, to be exact.
working on Iris, September's mermaid this week. still slowly recovering from c spine surgery so i can't paint as quickly or as much as i'd like.
the nervous system never ceases to amaze me. especially how neck surgeries affect your arm and your hand. i guess that's why those neurosurgeons get paid the big bucks! they certainly deserve it! amazing how all that stuff works...
hoping to have beautiful little Iris done soon! :)
working on little Opal this week, October's mermaid....
and September's sapphire haired beauty, Iris. she is available FOR SALE here:
i'll be posting little Opal (October's mermaid) in the next day or two. just have to scan her, as she's been done for a few days now.
September means FALL and wow, it can not come quick enough for me! this rain forest-like climate is a bit much. never liked summer. never will.
looking forward to all the smells of autumn (like pumpkins, apples, cinnamon...). speaking of pumpkins, i am already drooling at the anticipation of my first cup of pumpkin spice coffee from dunkin' donuts. OMG....SO YUMMY!!! and if that wasn't enough to excite me....
4 MORE DAYS TIL KICK OFF AND MY MAN PEYTON TAKING THE FIELD!!! SUPER STOKED!!!
Here's a new drawing. Well, it's a new old drawing. You may well have seen it before. Quite recently actually.
I have a string of half finished drawings hanging around the house. I come across them all the time. In the strangest of places. Drawings that I've given up on for various reasons. Now and again though I'll try and breathe new life into them. This is what happened here.
This drawing must be at least three years old. It actually had a shoe print on it that I had to erase (I really do find them in strange places). I remember that I'd had this great idea of drawing each and every one of my pencil cases. I got half way through this before realising what a rubbish idea that was.
There was, however, another reason that I resumed this drawing; for a long time now people have been asking me if I'd considered making a film of me in action (drawing that is). When I came across this drawing I felt it could be used to show how I go about cross hatching. So, that's what I did - I say that's what 'I' did but I actually mean that's what a friend with the technology and know-how did. Thanks Tim!
You can see the film in my last blog post or HERE.
Plus, you can get your hands on this drawing, and film star (haven't you always wanted to get your hands on a film star?), as it is for sale in my little Etsy shop HERE
A preparatory sketch for the Japanese
album.Procreate on iPad. Click to enlarge.
I'm still experimenting with Ukiyo-e app on iPad as a proofing tool prior to committing designs to actual woodcuts. This is the second image for my new book project Four Letter Words:
Ukiyo-e on iPad. Click to enlarge.
I'm trying to make time to draw/paint regularly. We've been so involved with work recently that this somehow made it's way to the bottom of my priorities list, when in fact it should be at the top for various reasons, not least being that it's super-therapeutic for me, and, hello, without art I really have no business to speak of!
As I have a long queue of designs and patterns waiting to be placed on gifts and cards on the stores, I actually now have the luxury of drawing whatever I please, without having to consider its commercial value. I know, I know, I shouldn't anyway -- but unfortunately that's what has been happening of late as I do need to fill the empty pockets.
So. I managed a quick sketch of a cupcake ... completely from imagination (which just goes to show what I think about during the day) as it's not easy finding the real thing in the countryside. Not surprising really, as the French have such delicious pastries of their own. And I love them, especially the lemon meringue tarts that I have a particular weakness for -- and my Patisserie in the village makes pretty much the best ones I've ever tasted. Still, there's just something about cupcakes that's, well, different, wouldn't you say ...?
Drew this in coloured pencil, in my moleskine journal. And as it really is a very quick sketch, completely from my sweetly warped imagination, I'm sure you'll be kind enough not to notice the horrendously obvious errors that I shan't mention either. I now have a cupcake craving, sigh. Cheers!
More from the Book of Four Letter Words
Ukiyo-e on iPad