Sketching in St. Ives, UK - Part one
Posted: February 14, 2019
As a sneak preview of the techniques I'll be teaching in May of 2019 at Chapel Cottage Studio in Abergavenny. I'm posting examples from my travels in Bristol, London, Abergavenny, Swansea, St. Ives and the little stops between. I'm looking forward to expanding my community of friends and artists during my stay this spring. I'll be traveling to Liverpool and several other new places as well as returning to cities, towns and villages I've visited before.
During my 2018 trip:
My first glimpse of St. Ives was from a small parking lot high above an expansive beach populated with bright swim suits, cabanas, umbrellas and towels. I couldn't resist a quick sketch, using the stone wall as a plein air studio table.
The ink sketch in the upper left corner was done on the train from London to Newport.
Direct watercolour technique is great for quick sketches and for capturing the essence of the...
October 24, 2018
Most mornings, I pour myself a huge glass of water and pick up a pen or pencil before I do anything else. What I really want to do is pour myself a cup of hot, fresh-brewed coffee and wander through the house or garden checking on my plants as I slowly awaken to the day.
Botanical Dala Art - Faber-Castell TK 9400 5B Clutch Pencil
The video above is the final segment of a video I made yesterday (after having my first and second cup of coffee). The entire, eight minute video including the "before coffee" segment may be viewed by clicking this link: BEFORE COFFEE
The quality of video taken with the GoPro is far better than the quality achieved with the 360 degree Rylo. Both cameras are indispensable for capturing the creative moments in my life without the help of a film crew.
Learning the ins and outs of filming and editing demo videos to share with you is an exciting and challenging new venture for me. Take a...
With phone in hand, for still photos and video, as well as a GoPro secured in my chest harness, I climb out the window from my sixth-floor room at the hostel. A towel serves as a cushion to ease the discomfort of sitting on the framing of the casement window. Fortunately, my roommates aren't in the room. I'm able to concentrate on sketching, recording and making sure that my body and my equipment are secure on the windowsill.
Back on ground level, I'm sketching from the Marcel and Clémentine café on the corner of rue de Dunkerque and rue Gérondo.
One of the goals for my time in Paris is to work mostly in pencil. For many years, I've sketched in ink and watercolor. It's time to break the mold and challenge the brain to shift gears manually rather than come up with solutions on auto-pilot. My brain wants to think in ink and translate into pencil. I'm looking forward to the...
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