Some plants inspired by an image on Pinterest I found today.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
I have been busy working on a few pen and ink illustrations recently and haven't used my iPad much. In a few other spare moments I have been playing around with some cute characters and here is a kitty though I have just realised it doesn't have an obvious tail. Can't decide if I should add one or not as in this pose it might look a bit odd. Meanwhile at work I am creating some traditional Santa characters for various products using Photoshop as my painting medium. It is a different subject matter for me but I am sure they will turn out ok. It is good to have a few challenges flying around at the moment. On a different subject, should I plant my potatoes yet?
Friday, 21 March 2014
Have been trying to work with acrylic paints over the past few weeks and have come to the conclusion, for the moment at least, that they aren't taking me where I want to go. I like my line work and the paints haven't given me the flexibility, speed and freedom that defines my work. I will probably return to the good old pen and ink that I used to be so familiar with but I will take it in a new direction. It is good to be working with some non-digital media again even though it is so much slower and less flexible. Here is today's iPad pic.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Friday, 14 March 2014
This picture of the Icknield Way above Pegsdon started off as a sketch during a bike ride today, and then finished at home. It doesn't quite do what I wanted but here is what I intended. It was a beautifully warm spring day with bright sunshine and the pathway was well marked by bike tracks in the damp soil. I tried to create some pattern elements using these as well as with the bright green dog's mercury growing by the path edges beneath the trees. It is a bit abstract and not as finished as I would like, but I quite liked the idea.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Today was the warmest day of the year with clear blue skies and bright, springtime sunshine. It was day to open all the doors and windows to air the house, have lunch and cups of tea in the garden, dismantle the summerhouse in preparation for placing it elsewhere in the garden and watch butterflies flit around the garden. Saw several brimstones, a comma and a peacock butterfly during the day. Also saw a wren hopping a round the patron, a bumble bee and a ladybird. Yesterday I managed to clear up the allotment and dig up a final bucketful of parsnips. The hedgehog I found there last autumn hiding under a pile wood unfortunately didn't survive the winter. After months of cold and darkness it was a blessing to get out and dig some soil, see some wildlife and remember again why I so love to be out and about doing practical jobs outside.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Personal development is important to me. Not that I strive night and day to conquer the world, but in a sense that know it is important to me to keep an eye on where I feel I might be going and trying to keep vision and motivation somewhere within reach. I did this picture as a reminder to me to look for the small opportunities to stand out from the crowd, to be inspired by something, to be creative and to be a source of positivity and encouragement wherever I find myself. I have a responsibility to myself to not just sit back on my journey of life but to participate in it and seek the explore the landscape that my path leads me through.