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17.9.19 edit 11

I have a love for incorporating ink with watercolour lately, particularly playing with white pen as well as my beloved black ink. The more I play around with the contrast, particularly on smaller works and in my sketchbook the more I like it, particularly in combination with my current favourite colour of Payne’s Grey. Adding white picks the colour up and adds a brightness that brings out the blue within the colour all the more.

For Christmas my son gifted me a gold pen, along with another white one (as my current one has almost run out) and an A4 pad of white, black and brown cardstock papers for drawing, sketching and various artworks. I think it is about time that I really started playing around with those and bringing them into play for some new exploration.

As an aside, it’s my birthday today. It’s not a particularly big one, I’m still a few years off of 40 but ‘midlife’ is creeping up and I can’t help but come back to the question of whether or not I feel successful at this point in my life and whether or not I ever will. I am coming to realise that it is easier to tell yourself that there is always something else you need to strive for and push for. In some ways that’s great, goals can really hep to keep us moving forward but if they stop us enjoying what we already have in our lives it can be a problem. Today I will make a conscious decision to really enjoy what I have, what I am doing and the time I am spending with those I love; that is what is really important after all.

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Skulls And Stripes (Beetlejuice stripes in particular) – watercolour and ink sketchbook play

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The Stress Web – watercolour exploration on paper

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Botanical Line Art

17.9.19 edit 18 Quick and simple line art drawings of plants and flowers from my garden are a favourite of mine to draw.

Much like the 30 second drawings they are quick and without pressure, though I usually give myself up to two or three minutes per drawing.

When limited to line and one pen you have to play around to work out how to really use that pen to create different marks, effects and depths.

You discover the need to vary your line and the pressure you use with the pen, you start to change up the directions of your moarks and they become more confident as you go. I think that is apparent when I look back over this sketchbook page. The white pen on black paper sketches were first, then the white pen on brown paper, followed up at the end by the black ink on white.

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Angles And Curves

Mixing up angles with curves is hard for me. I tend to pull away from straight lines and hard angles, much preferring the softness and flow of curved lines and splodges. I do it though, to experiment, push my comfort zone and see what happens, sometimes with very interesting results.

The first image is my favourite, which do you like the most?

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The sketchbook is a place to play, experiment, have fun and practice. I love doing pages of fast sketches. Using a very small time limit for each sketch takes the pressure off of making a study sketch look perfect and forces me to look at the very basics of what makes that object recognisable. It’s also an exercise that I can always make time for even if I don’t have the time to sit and fill a whole page in one go.

I’m not allowed to fiddle with the sketch for too long and ruin it, I don’t have time to use an eraser and to encourage me to think about how every line I make needs to count towards the drawing (I gernerally use pen for these super quick sketches anyway so that I can’t erase). I find this really helps to get me started creating and having fun with it, it’s a great ‘warm up’ exercise for setting up the art mood and switching my brain over into that creative space.

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I have a thing for circles and the curved lines and alternative takes that they take me to. I don’t know what it is about them but I find them very satisfying to draw and encorporate into my work. I wanted to draw around them as a predominant focal and ended up working with the positive and negative spaces of the shape to create these experimental drawings in black ink on white paper and white ink on both black and browns.

When it comes to circles I particularly like them in the form of holes. I have a modest collection of hag stones, which are stones that have naturally occuring holes through them. I also really like and find inspiration from dried out seed pods and imagery that would make a trypophobic cringe so these drawings were incredibly satisfying to create and have given me some more ideas for incorporating circular and curved shapes into my abstract work in general.

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