I'm trying to use pastels as much as possible to draw things from life, so that I get a bit quicker. The hardest bit is finding the right colours when I have so many. I think the answer may be to decide at the beginning what colours I am likely to need, and to put them out separately.
This is another seascape from a photo taken on our holiday in Crete. It is done on Sennelier la carte board, which I didn't like at first, but I'm getting used to it now and getting to like it more and more.
Here are some studies of Molly. Sometimes I just don't know what to draw, and I think I must be in my comfort zone drawing the dogs and my boyfriend. However, I think I could draw them all day and every day and never get any of them quite right!
This is a drawing of our moorings. We were very lucky to buy the boat with the mooring, as it's almost impossible to find good residential moorings near London. I intended to add watercolour to this, and I'm very glad I scanned it first as when I started adding the paint I discovered that the ink I'm using is water soluble! So this is now the only decent version I have of this sketch!
I liked the shape and colour of this "Tescos finest" sweet pointy pepper (it also tastes nice!) This was done over about three days and I had to replace the two green chillies as they were starting to dry up! The length of time it takes me to do things is always a problem!
I'm sorry everyone for the sparse nature of my blog - the reason why I dont have a picture of myself or a blogroll or links to anything is that I'm way behind in the browser stakes - I should be using Firefox but apparently cant download it until I upgrade my operating system. Given my paranoia about changing things when for my work everything is going quite smoothly, it may take some time for me to sort this out. However there are loads of blogs that I admire and visit regularly and I would really like to add them to a blogroll, and one day I will...
This weekend we took the boat up to Paddington for the weekend. The bottom sketch shows D looking like an intrepid explorer in his new super-warm coat (you need one to drive a narrowboat). We were surprised to find when we got there that many other narrowboaters had had the same idea and Paddington basin was quite crowded. We decided to go to Leicester Square and see a film, and having done very little research on the latest offerings, plumped for one called 'Easy Virtue' - not really D's sort of film but enjoyable nonetheless - then came back to Paddington and had a great Chinese meal. Next day were going to take the dogs to Hyde Park but the weather was bad - not Molly's cup of tea - so decided to return home. D got soaking wet in the rain on the way back but we both agreed we had really enjoyed ourselves. The top pic shows Chester - exhausted after the stress of travelling!
This is a little tiny church we visited in Georgioupolis in Crete. You had to walk along a very precarious path made of large rocks. It was quite stormy on the day we did it so was even more hazardous than usual. I've been trying a new technique of using soft pastels on Wallis paper over an underpainting. I'm quite pleased with this one.
Here's another drawing of D - it's not at all flattering to him - he looks much better than this in real life! By the way, I am enjoying having a blog so much - it has helped me a lot to have a group of people cheering me on for doing a sketch - it's so encouraging and motivating. Thanks to everyone that has left a comment.
I've just installed a statcounter (as you can see from the multiple buttons on the right - how do I get rid of them?!) and I've made the depressing discovery that my blog is being visited by precisely nobody!!!! So I'm speaking to thin blogosphere air - a bit like a vicar I used to know who had to preach sermons week after week to an empty church... The trouble is I dont have time to do anything about it at the moment - work is very busy. Never mind - will get working on it soon!
Here is D reading the newspaper after a hard day's work. He has decided he doesn't like me drawing him, especially from the side, so I have to do it sneakily. It is pouring with rain and thundering outside. It's a good job Chester the dog is now completely deaf, otherwise he would be terrified. But he is sleeping on the floor, blissfully unaware of the noise.
A couple more of my holiday drawings - the top one was done in Chania venetian harbour sitting in a cafe - this man was trying to sell his paintings without much success. The bottom pic was the view from our apartment which was right on the square in Georgioupolis.
Well we're back from our holiday in Crete and it was lovely ... here are the first of the holiday pix - the top one is from the first day when the weather was a bit cloudy - we were sitting in a beach bar called the 'Tropicana' and looking out of the window at the stormy sea... the second was the next day - sitting in another bar (of course) on the town square in Georgioupolis enjoying drinks and chats.
I was just drawing Molly when Chester decided he wanted to sit on the sofa as well, so he is included in this. Molly is extremely scruffy at the moment and must be bathed before she goes to stay with my friend when we go to Greece next week for our holiday.
Yes I must confess we do watch a lot of TV - especially when it's stormy outside and the coal fire is burning in the corner and we are cuddled up on our sofa. The top pic was done on Friday - it's a pencil sketch of D and looks quite insipid next to the pen sketches I think. I am much more careful when I am working in pencil, much bolder in pen. The second one was done yesterday of D watching Strictly Come Dancing. We had been to see his mum in her nursing home on the south coast all day. We had planned to go out Saturday night but succumbed to the fire and sofa! The bottom one was done whilst watching 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' on Sunday afternoon.
Today was a lovely day - got up late after a late night last night, walked the dogs, went food shopping. D spent the afternoon watching golf and as I have no interest whatsoever in watching any kind of sport I did other things, including this drawing.
The first sketch was done last night - I had a very busy day yesterday and didnt get to draw until about 9pm. I thought I wasnt going to get anything done and I might break the spell by having a day without sketching but just about managed to produce this while D was watching X2. The second one was done this afternoon - what a beautiful day! We drove round all morning doing various chores and came back with toys for the rabbit then sat outside watching him play - his favourite was the shoe box we got with D's new shoes... I dont usually tackle boats - not my strong point - but I made a brave attempt at our neighbour's boat - something I wouldnt normally be bothered to do without the incentive of this blog. We are a bit worried about our neighbour as we havent seen him for ages...
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!