A good cuppa

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Mostly I drink a coffee, a strong one – one a day and…with cream! But occasionally, it’s a a cup of tea I’m wanting and when it’s good, this is how it feels – buzzy and uplifting!

Materials? This is a collage with the cup drawn with oil pastels then scraped back with the edge of a plastic card. I like this scraping back and muting the colours.

Hope you’re having a lovely mid-week kind of a day wherever you are!

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India…a natural affinity

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You know how there are certain places, countries or just spaces even, that you just like? Really like. And, just because you do. India is like that for me. I guess that’s called ‘have a natural affinity with’. I also do love the faded natural beauty you see in many of the building, temples and gates and the myriad of daily spiritual practices.

This is a simple oil pastel drawing with two colour rubbed back with a pencil eraser. Cutting the image out a bit crudely simplifies the shape. Try it. It’s most enjoyable.

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The tiny branch

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Did the first watercolour some time last year and when the branch was still fresh. I remember that the shadow cast by the morning light interested me just as much as the branch itself. The second one, I did this year (and posted) in a more stylised way, was when the branch had been well and truly dried and…squashed!

Quite like the observing and the imagining ways of drawing. Also, quite nice to revisit the same object in a slightly different way. I’ll keep it and see what happens when I revisit a third time…

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From the pavement

Branch in a bottle
Picked up a branch that caught my eye and put it into an apple cider bottle. I liked the little seeds and the leaflessness of it.

As I was drawing, I thought of Cezanne’s ‘Rose in a green vase’ pencil and watercolour drawing. I really like the way he lowered the vase below the picture frame and used a combination of line and washes to define edges and shape.

I’m still at the stage of drawing outlines and making stuff up a bit like adding a chair and a moon! It’s my way of playing with scale and a visual metaphor for ‘to wonder.’

For colour, I wanted to try using flat, primary colours just as a contrast to the pencil drawing – an idea I found in Helen Birch’s ‘Freehand’ book from one of her examples by Sandra Dieckman and Jamie Mills.

The red bird? Just a splodge cover up!

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A lovely little cutting

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Bumped into my neighbour after coming back from swimming. She showed me her garden – lots of succulents. Couldn’t help myself…’…ooh, I love that…and that!’ Needless to say, I returned back with some cuttings!

This was one of them. Scale? They’re really small, less than the size of your palm. And when you get a whole pot of them, it looks like a mass of sculptured little flowers.

Quite prefer the 5 minute fluro pen with texta attempt as it tries less to describe but just gives a basic impression of what it is. It’s a ‘blind drawing’ exercise meaning you look only at the object without looking down on the paper (well, minimally anyway!).

This exercise makes you look more. It’s good. Try it!

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Where to next?

imageI enjoyed drawing these proteas then adding a bit of watercolour. But after a while, it felt like I was colouring in. Hence, the ‘white’ leaves.

Think I might ponder a bit more.

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Pears, pears and more pears

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Not sure what it is about pears but I love their shapes – much more than that of apples, bananas and oranges. Materials? Watercolour and judging by the paper crinkle, far too much water!

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Homage to Georgio Morandi

A chair, 2 bottles, cup on a vessel
A dear friend visiting Morandi’s Museum in Bologna on my suggestion, exclaimed incredulously ‘but he only did bottles…and more bottles!’
Ahhh…yes, he did.
And beyond the bottles is the stillness, the silence…and the warmth of humanity.
Thank you, Mr Morandi.

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