Saturday, 6 August 2011

More Sketchbook.

I thought I should do a bit more work on my sketchbook pages or I'll get left behind, and it is only now that I can see in the picture above that I should have continued the darker area further to the left. It ends too abruptly like this. I had originally thought it was too dark in the centre so wet the page again and blotted some of the colour away. Then I changed my mind a added more dark colour and I think I have overworked it.

I've almost done the same in this one but it isn't quite so obvious. I had great fun scribbling the colour on with water soluble crayons and then activating it with water. Where it became too dark I could blot it away with a dab of kitchen roll. I added definition here and there with various pencils, and drawing pens.


I treated this page in the same rather random way and feel that I am not really in control of what happens on the page. I just go along with it, hoping for the best! In fairness to myself, these pages look better in reality than they do here and at least I have learned what doesn't work and have enjoyed doing these exercises.

12 comments:

Carol Q said...

It's a very interesting project Heather and I've loved seeing where your going with it and how it develops. Wish I'd had time to join in.

Maggi said...

I think that they are looking good Heather. Amazing how seeing things in a photo helps us gain a different perspective on things. The nice thing is that we learn from doing things like this, what works and what doesn't. I'm really enjoying sketchbook work at the moment and also love what Gina is doing.

Toffeeapple said...

Heather they don't look at all bad here, truly. I think you are marvellous for keeping on with the project.

Textile Art Showcase said...

Well done Heather - they all look good to me. I can see that you are enjoying it.

Elizabeth said...

These are delightful sketches!
Watercolr can be terribly frustrating!

Heather said...

Thankyou, all, for your kind comments - I nearly decided to delete this post.

Twiggy said...

I LOVE your paintings, the colours look fantastic. I am going to publish some of my first ones this evening, it feels quite scarey to reveal yourself doesn't it ?
I love the thistle image you have chosen, just lovely.
twiggy x

Robin Mac said...

Don't ever think of deleting your pages Heather, I think you are doing a great job, I am very envious of your talent. Keep showing us more please. Cheers

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful looking project, your thistles are fantastic. Kim

Mermaid's Purse said...

These are really lovely and one of my favourtie colour combinations too!

Gina said...

I think they are looking good Heather and the fact that you can look and make a valuable critique of your efforts is testimony to your progress. Fantastic!

MargaretR said...

What a lovely sketchbook!I've lost your email address again Heather! Not old age, just an overloaded brain :)