I'm continuing to compare pastel papers. For this portrait I've used Daler Murano paper and the dog is from a photo I found on the internet and his name is apparently 'Buddy'. At first, compared to the Fisher 400 paper, I found this paper a bit flimsy and insubstantial, and nearly gave up. But I persevered, and found that I actually really like it. I used a mixture of hard and soft pastels and pastel pencils. I recently bought about 40 new colours - mostly greys and browns, from the Derwent range of pastel pencils, and they certainly came in very handy for this portrait.
I got this pic of a beautiful dog off the internet. I did it with pastels on Fisher 400 paper. I'm just practicing at the moment with pastels and different papers. I like Fisher 400 - it's very forgiving and seems to allow an unlimited number of layers to be added. I'm not sure if this is a good thing - I think one should still try to complete the work in a small number of layers as otherwise the colours can get a bit muddy. I'm not sure if this pastel work is detailed enough. I've seen other work on the internet where every hair seems to have been drawn and the fur doesnt look coarse like it does here. It' a mystery I've yet to solve!
I've got an award from Captain Elaine - thank you Captain Elaine! It's very kind of you. I tried to copy and paste it into this post but it didn't work! Never mind, I'll still answer all these questions in one word and then give 5 links to people I like...
1. Where is your cell phone?... Dunno 2. Your hair? ...Long 3. Your mother?... gone 4. Your father? ...also 5. Your favourite food? ...cake 6. Your dream last night? ...school 7. Your favourite drink? ...wine 8. Your dream/goal? ...artist 9. What room are you in? ...office 10. Your hobby? ...drawing 11. Your fear? ...moths 12 Where do you want to be in 6 years? ...country 13. Where were you last night? ...here 14. Something that you aren't? ...tough 15. Muffins?...yes 16. Wish list item?...books 17. Where did you grow up? ...London 18. Last thing you did? ...work 19. What are you wearing? ...jeans 20. Your TV? ... old 21. Your pets? ...three 22. Friends ...odd 23. Your life? ...lovely 24. Your mood? ...happy 25. Missing someone? ...many 26. Vehicle? ...Ford 27. Something you're not wearing? ...makeup 28. Your favourite store? ...artshop 29. Your favourite colour? bluegreen 30. When was the last time you laughed?...lunchtime 31. Last time you cried? ...2008 31. Your best friend?...Heather 33. One place that I go to over and over? ...park 34. Facebook? no 35. Favourite place to eat? Indian
I would like to pass this award to five of my favourite blogs: Sheila a very talented painter Sara another one Martin a fantastic sketcher Gwen quirky and brilliant animal portraits Jennifer colourful, whimsical sketches of her travels
I haven't blogged in a while because I've been concentrating on these drawings for my Pet Portrait course (which is run by London Art College if anyone is interested). They do take a long time to do. Next I have to draw a dog. Hooray!
I've just started this course in 'Pet Portraits' and this is one of the first exercises I had to do. It took ages! Sorry about the darkness of the image but my scanner is not currently working and I can't seem to get a good photo of a pencil drawing. I've just realised how odd it sounds that the exercise I had to do for my pet portrait course was to draw a plant! It's just drawing practice really.
I know I've been remiss in not posting this week but I haven't been lazy! I've been painting this lovely fellow, and just finished him today. He is a little dog called Rusky that we met in Crete, who happens to live with D's sister there. He really belongs to the Greek man that they are renting from, and when they arrived there he was sleeping in a leaky oildrum. Les made him a lovely little kennel, with blankets inside, and he's a very happy boy now. He is a wonderful little character. I've been painting him because I'm trying to get back into doing what I used to do for a while, animal portraits. I need a bit of practice before I get going again.
It's just about impossible to paint this sort of light effect from life and photos dont' work so I did a quick tonal sketch as preparation for this one. I've got a value measurement thingy that I made as a result of reading 'Color' by Betty Edwards and used that to measure the tones. My colour and value wheels are a huge help when painting.
I saw an advert for a life drawing session in my local artshop. It turned out to be an artist who lives in the next road to me, who wants people to join him and share the cost of the model. He was starting the weekly sessions today so I went there and really enjoyed it. It's nice to draw with like-minded people who want to do long poses rather than 5 or 10 minute ones. We did two one and a half hour drawings - my first was rubbish because I was a bit nervous. This one was better as I had warmed up a bit.
I did this today from a photo taken earlier this year. It's 8 x 6 - obviously a small scale - I had no idea how it would turn out. I wanted it to look a bit painterly and I'm fairly pleased with it as a step towards learning more about oil painting. I know I've got a long way to go - and I've got to get the hang of photographing paintings as well!
D has made me a fantastic study in our house, where I've got space to work and also paint and draw when I'm not busy. Molly has become my little companion in there, sleeping in her basket next to my desk while I'm working.
This old fellow might look very innocent but he's caused me a headache this morning when first of all I looked around in the park and he was nowhere to be seen. I looked everywhere for him, couldnt call him because he's deaf - then finally found him in the children's playground eating someone's left over burger. Then on the way home some workmen had just put wet cement in a hole in the road and he fell into it, so had cement covered legs all the way home.
I've been very lucky today. It was super-hot (very unusual in an English summer) and I spent the afternoon sitting in the sunshine drawing this of all the boats on our mooring, with Chester in the foreground. I love my new Copic pens in different shades of grey, very good for tonal drawing.
It was so hot on this day. Kalives is a very nice little town by the seaside - full of English ex pats - it was lovely to sit in this little taverna next to the sea with the breeze blowing through. They did a very nice cheese saganaki as well!
I'm sorry I havent blogged for a while - I have been on holiday to Crete again. It was unusually hot this time - 30 in the shade most days. I had a great time and will be posting a few pics I did while there.
Molly looks a bit strange in this because when I started it she was looking at me, then she moved. I've decided to stop worrying about the dogs moving and just carry on regardless! Well we are back from dry dock now - thank goodness! The dogs and rabbit are all safely back home with us. We spent all week in a dark and cold shed painting and cleaning and repairing things - now our boat is all gleaming and shiny! And she is up for sale...
This is the last post for just over a week as we are taking the boat out of the water to work on it (lots of painting, cleaning etc). The rabbit has already gone to his rabbit hotel and the dogs have to go into kennels tonight (sob!) Hopefully I will have a little bit of time to sketch but I'll see how it goes.
I tried to do some sketches of Molly but she kept moving. It must seem as if I have given up on the oil painting but I haven't - I have been busily doing colour exercises from Betty Edwards book 'Color', and I don't want to do another painting until I have finished the exercises. The exercises are very good and I feel as if I've learnt quite a lot (well a lot more than I knew anyway).
The weather's been very springlike here lately. Here's a sketch of Chester lying in the shade and Binky, our little rabbit, who's on his favourite place, a platform that D made him, where he can see everything that's going on.
Yesterday morning was spent drawing this microphone to go onto the gravestone of my lovely late husband Art, who died in 2006. He was a singer, that's why I wanted the microphone, but the drawing the funeral parlour provided was not up to scratch. He would be proud of me for attempting this, because as well as being a singer he was a very talented artist and illustrator, and would have made a much better job of it than me. But I have done my best, as I know he would have been peeved to have a bad line drawing on his grave.
I found a Copic Multiliner pen unexpectedly in a Kingston artshop. I haven't seen them anywhere else. I'm really pleased with it. The ink flow is very good. I haven't posted lately, partly because I have been busy with work and partly because I haven't really been in the mood... hopefully I'm back in the flow again now.
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!