Continuing with the isolation art challenge, at the rate I going I’ll be finished in a year instead of 60 days, no matter, I’m still managing to do a theme every so often; now is the time to sow and plant, and everything’s growing like mad, so the chores in the garden get more compelling …and now I must water the garden…….
Theme 8…MISS. 19/04/20. The magnolia, I missed it flowering this year, because we had to move it when in full flourish last year, a necessity because of drainage work. It was such a wrench, my mum bought it for us 25 years ago and after she died it meant so much more than just a shrub to me. It’s sprouting slowly from the base here and there so there’s still some hope it may yet live. Anyway here’s a mixed media pastel/watercolour I’ve done from last years photo when it was in full bloom, before we moved it.
Theme 9…RANDOM. 26/04/20
I’m way behind with the days, (on the day of posting this they’ve passed 60 now!) but so far I’m doing the themes in the correct order. This is a random collection from our local forest, just a step away from our house, I took a photo of the collected items in 2016. I rediscovered the photo by randomly picking a year, then a month, then a day, then a photo from that day from my photo library.
Soft pastels on recycled paper: feathers, lichen, pine cones, a birds broken eggshell, a broken snail shell, a fronded flower from a sweet chestnut tree and some hysterical looking moss.
Theme 10, COVER. 30/04/20
As in bedCOVER. I did a quick sketch on the iPad, unfortunately the admin of the group don’t accept digital art, so I used my sketch to work from. Starting as an experiment of pastel on MDF, not happy with colours I then I washed it with water, overlaid with acrylic, started fussing over it too much and ended up with this. Should have left well alone, looking back at the photo of the pastel it now looks as though it was going OK but ..it’s too late now! Size 30cm x 24 cm.
Theme 11: HUMAN. 04/05/20.
Graham building flatpack pergola, the poor climbing rose is desparate for support, his 2 helpers…. me: sketching, and dog Gypsy: watching, both standing by ready to drop everything and help (once the swearing has died down). Pen on recycled paper.
Theme 12. ESSENTIAL . 06/05/20
Water being essential to life, I’ve chosen to portray rain. Still struggling with pastels, and still not sure if I’ll keep on with them; Although because I love drawing, I love the marks they make, but I’m finding some of the colours too vivid, it’s frustrating having to mix them on the work itself, well…it’s all a learning curve!
Theme 27 ANATOMICAL. 12/05/20
I participated in the BBC life drawing class on May 11th ( as did at least 19,000 others) so I’m skipped a few themes to show the drawings I did because it fitted the theme. Something happened to the TV when I pressed the red button for “uninterrupted pose” all the figures distorted and appeared longer and thinner, especially the cellist so I had no choice but to draw them that way!
Theme 15, NATURE. 21/05/20
Initially I was trying to do consecutive days, but that’s gone out the window because I felt like drawing one of my favourite trees, so I searched the list and found a theme to fit….( is that cheating?)…. I meet this sturdy old fellow every day in the forest when walking Gypsy dog; an old chestnut tree gnarled and twisted with age, with broken branches and a hollowed trunk, he has a few new leaves sprouting so he’s still alive. Charcoal on canvas 1m x 80cm.