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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Roma- Villa Torlonia 'casa delle civette'




We did a few road trips to Rome. On that week it just happened to be the hottest in years with temperatures reaching over 40 C !!
The first museum stop was at Villa Torlonia. I finally got to vist the magnificent House of Owls, swiss chalet. There were other museums at the villa that thankfully had air conditioning! 







Inside the House of Owls (casa delle civette), there are mainly stained glass artworks and windows.Most of the original furnishing are gone.




Volterra - a virtual sketchwalk

This is a virtual sketchwalk of Volterra, in the province of Pisa in Tuscany.These sketches are part of a group game where we use Google maps and images of a chosen city to sketch from a chosen starting point to a destination.For many of us it is not possible to travel the world or get away to places  but we can virtually go there in our heads and experience them through our drawings.





Thursday, 30 April 2015

31 sketching prompts for the month of May



I have prepared my own list of 31 sketching prompts for the month of May 2015.
Would you like to join me?
Interpret the prompts as you please.
Sharpen your pencils, pull out your paints, ink up your pens and get ready to challenge yourself for a month of daily sketching!

DAY 1 :  sketch an event, a celebration or anniversary on May 1st
DAY2:  bricks or stonework
DAY 3: something handmade
DAY4 : something with a shell 
DAY5 : manual labour
DAY6: stained glass
DAY 7: your favourite childhood book
DAY8: Food utensils
DAY9:  paint in the style of Monet
DAY10: one of the four seasons
DAY11 : a famous invention ( name the inventor in your sketch)
DAY12: sketch your own invented ID card or Passport
DAY13: a mythological monster or a real one!
DAY14: seeds
DAY 15: the last thing that you found or lost
DAY16: a famous landmark
DAY17: pots, bottles and containers
DAY18: something related to the sea
DAY19: a  caricature style self portrait 
DAY20: something with wires
DAY21:  a postal stamp 
DAY22:  a Time Machine
DAY23: feathers
DAY24: a shelter ( bus,animal, bomb etc) 
DAY 25: a map
DAY26 : blue and red
DAY 27: vegetables and / or fruits currently in season
DAY 28: Bonsai
DAY 29: planes, trains and/or automobiles
DAY30: something with dots,spots and speckles
DAY 31 : Doorway

Saturday, 31 January 2015

JANUARY SKETCH COLLECTION

I DID IT!

I was not optimistic about finishing this challenge to myself to sketch everyday for the month of January! I am not really one to finish much because when my steam runs out I usually change direction but I pushed myself to finish this. Besides I had the great company of a wonderful sketching group who I had asked to join me for the month of January  and I could NOT let them down!
I feel sad that is has ended and for those that missed it but they can still use my list to challenge themselves. Why not?  I made a lot of new friends, too.
Others have asked me to create a list for the month of February but I have decided not to because this list was intended to get everyone's creative juices flowing after the holidays which can be very stressful ,robbing you of your usual 'ME' time where you lose yourself in sketching .
'A sketch per day keeps the stress away'
 Others may have enjoyed the list as a way to not think about parting loved ones after the festivities.
Perhaps I will create another list for myself much later and I will ask some friends to join me.
I know that working in a virtual group makes a challenge like this much more fun and enjoyable.

The best thing for me was to read about how some sketchers dreaded  certain prompts or that they had never drawn a certain subject before YET the result were almost always AMAZING! I think that they amazed themselves!
We are often too insecure about our skills and fear to attempt new things but most of us CAN sketch just as good as the more seasoned sketchers. There is also a creative energy that infects and uplifts everyone when sharing with a certain group of people and this stimulates you to be bolder and to try harder at just going for it. Who cares if your lines are wobbly or your self portrait looks nothing like you? It's about developing a style and skill, discovering a technique, a medium  or a subject that will bring you further along in your artistic journey . It also builds confidence. Yes, I believe that a simple list of drawing prompts can give such results however I, would not encourage participating in doing one challenge after another.
Perhaps this simple list of prompts has given you none of what I've described but rather has given you something else ?

You can see all 31 sketch individually on my FLICKR







Friday, 30 January 2015

Review of Sailor Four Seasons, Jentle ink


I am just starting my collection of fountain pen inks in colours other than black, grey and brown.

Sailor's Jentle ink, Four Seasons line comes in eight colours inspired by the four seasons of Japan.
I loved how this colour washed out with a waterbrush pen. That is how I am testing my water soluble inks since it is the tool that I work with almost daily. 
I tested it on normal writing paper and watercolour paper 300gsm and on both it stained slightly and did not wash out as much as I would have liked it too. I am compairing it to my Pilot Namiki ink that once touched with water it spreads out like watercolour does and then it settles into the paper so you have longer to work with it.  Of course this all depends on the paper used and I am testing my inks on what I normally use.

On the writing paper the colour was a little darker compared the watercolour paper test.

300gsm Canson Aquarelle

The bottle is a beautiful shape,too as is the decor on its box.  You would want to buy this ink just because of its appealing bottle shape and fresh looking box!

I am pretty much new to fountain pens and inks and I am not really one to research instructions especially on cleaning pens and how they function but whilst flushing my pen that uses a convertor I, realized that I could draw up the water through the nib instead of filling up the covertor, attaching it to the pen and then pushing the water and alcohol solution out. So, after this illumination I filled my bent nib pen by drawing up the ink through the nib. No mess and no hyper-dermic needle needed! It did leak a little so make sure that the convertor is pushed in correctly.
You learn something new every day!
Instructions are in Japanese so I forgot to shake the bottle before using the ink! 
I rated this 8/10 because for £10.80 this a good price and the colour is nicely pigmented. It flows smoothly and I like it a lot. Inwould buy the other colours but my stockist no longer has them and other stores are selling them for far more $$$.  


Review of Sailor Four Seasons, Jentle ink


I am just starting my collection of fountain pen inks in colours other than black, grey and brown.

Sailor's Jentle ink, Four Seasons line comes in eight colours inspired by the four seasons of Japan.
I loved how this colour washed out with a waterbrush pen. That is how I am testing my water soluble inks since it is the tool that I work with almost daily. 
I tested it on normal writing paper and watercolour paper 300gsm and on both it stained slightly and did not wash out as much as I would have liked it too. I am compairing it to my Pilot Namiki ink that once touched with water it spreads out like watercolour does and then it settles into the paper so you have longer to work with it.  Of course this all depends on the paper used and I am testing my inks on what I normally use.

On the writing paper the colour was a little darker compared the watercolour paper test.

300gsm Canson Aquarelle

The bottle is a beautiful shape,too as is the decor on its box.  You would want to buy this ink just because of its appealing bottle shape and fresh looking box!

I am pretty much new to fountain pens and inks and I am not really one to research instructions especially on cleaning pens and how they function but whilst flushing my pen that uses a convertor I, realized that I could draw up the water through the nib instead of filling up the covertor, attaching it to the pen and then pushing the water and alcohol solution out. So, after this illumination I filled my bent nib pen by drawing up the ink through the nib. No mess and no hyper-dermic needle needed! It did leak a little so make sure that the convertor is pushed in correctly.
You learn something new every day!
Instructions are in Japanese so I forgot to shake the bottle before using the ink! 
I rated this 8/10 because for £10.80 this a good price and the colour is nicely pigmented. It flows smoothly and I like it a lot. Inwould buy the other colours but my stockist no longer has them and other stores are selling them for far more $$$.  


Thursday, 29 January 2015

I'm published in Art Journal Kickstarter


Taadaaa!

I did these pages a few years ago and I almost forgot how I did them!
I am looking at the Frida spread and seeing so many collage images sent to me by crafting friends  in RAKs that I stuck in a box and kept. Most of them I have not had contact with again but the memories of them and their acts of kindness are forever embedded in that spread! 
The painting was inspired by the very soulful Misty Mawn. She brings out my Higher Self side.

This is my second time published in a book so I am very grateful to have been chosen to contribute two pieces to this book and it is beautifully put together and the quality of images is great but I have to say that I am none too fond of the chosen cover but then that will be no surprise to those who know of my pet dislike of trippy Gelli Plate prints that mostly all look the same!  Other than that it is a fantastic book.

You can find a link to the book in the column on the right hand side of this page.






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