Archive for September, 2009

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Getting Started

September 30, 2009

I’m been manically trying to finish up my existing sketchbook, with the same feeling I have when I want to scratch a scab.  Why can’t I just leave it and start a new one?  …… It REALLY irritates me to think this sketchbook will not be full, so I am motivated enough to get out there, sketching madly.  Here are some of the results from the last few weeks… doing what I like best … sitting in the landscape in the Peaks with my scruffy dog Porridge.

Watercolour and some wax pastel

Watercolour and some wax pastel

Pen,inl and watercolour.  Used a bamboo pen to get scratchy effect

Pencil and watercolour. Used a bamboo pen to get the scratchy effect

mixed media mainly watercolour and wax pastels

mixed media mainly watercolour and wax pastels

And why do I paint across two pages?? Well, I do like to paint big, but big sketchbooks don’t fit neatly in my rucksack. Still, why detsroy the image by having a crease down the middle?  Hmmm, I think I can then think of my sketches as just a bit of fun rather than as ‘art’ … and the results can be as messy and experimental as I like!

Just for context, here is a picture of

My sheep obsessed lurcher

My sheep obsessed lurcher

my guard dog when I am sitting all lonesome in an icy wind on Stannage Edge….

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