Inktober 2017 – Day 31: Mask

inktober, pen

Inktober is complete!

Since I’ve (loosely) completed a nature themed inktober, I thought for “mask” we’d go with a green man vibe. It’d be fun to redo this with lots of detail including flowers, moths, and feathers. Maybe I’ll paint my own seasonal green man masks one day.

I’ve really enjoyed inktober and seeing everyone’s sketches. It’s motivated me to sketch and paint and helped me see where the time in the day is available for me to create. I’m gonna really try to keep the momentum and continue to produce more and more work. 

Happy Halloween everyone!

Inktober 2017 – Day 28: Fall

inktober, pen, watercolour

For the first time in a couple of days I had a bit more time to spend on today’s sketch. “Fall” made me think of autumn, although I never use the word ‘fall’ to describe this time of year (too American). 

Last weekend I did a water colour painting of a photo I took last Autumn. I’ll do a post on it, but this is a sneak peak. 

I’m wondering about adding pen details but I’m not sure whether it’ll go. Any thoughts appreciated! Today’s sketch is a version of that painting, since I love the original photo but didn’t have it saved to my phone to use as a reference. (In the grand tradition of Julia’s Inktober sketches, today’s is being done on the train home.) I’ll show it in another post with the completed painting though.
Happy weekend everyone!

Acrylic Study #3

Acrylic, Chatty, Step-by-Step

Gosh, a whole month since my last post!

In that month I’ve been to a wedding, spent a week in Norfolk and visited my beautiful puppy Molly a lot! She’s not coming home until the end of July but I am SO excited. I hope she loves Josh (our rescue dog) and doesn’t miss her current pupmates too much.

ANYWAY – here’s the acrylic study of my garden with a bit more detail.

Finally I had the chance to work on it when the weather and time of day was the same as when I started it.

The leaves have grown over the fence so I’m having to start paint in some more leaves in the shadow next to the cabin.

When I looked at the painting for the first time in a while, I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn’t particularly pleased with it when I left it last time. It’s amazing what a difference fresh eyes can make. I’m especially pleased now that the layers of different leaves are beginning to look more distinct. If you saw¬†my first post¬†about this, you’ll know that painting realistic leaves was something that I was really struggling with. Now I feel like I’ve definitely improved!

I’ll keep working on this piece. The big thing I’ve taken away from it so far is that I need to start off being confident with the contrast of light and dark so that I’m not taking as long to create form.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the month!