Thursday, 30 April 2015

April 30

April 30
Yay! Made it to the end of the month!
 I love teapots don't you? Something about them that makes them so appealing from any angle. They all seem to have their own little personalities ( or maybe I'm just losing it?)
Well, it's been an interesting and enjoyable 30 days. I found the biggest challenge was the smallness of the sketchbook, but it just goes to show that size doesn't really matter!  I am looking forward to having a little more space to be creative in the next one - and not having to do something every day. Although once you get the habit...
Hopefully, there will be more sketchbook blogs as well as some other stuff such as...
7.25 x 11.25 inches
watercolour on Saunders Waterford Cold Press paper
The frothiness of the blossom has been wonderful this year and has somehow managed to stay on the trees longer than usual despite the wind. It's been lovely to paint it.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April 29

April 29
The weather has changed again and today we were treated to some very large and wet raindrops which made me decide to go with objects on the kitchen shelf.
Only one more day in April, and only one more page in the small Moleskine sketchbook. Lucky it wasn't a May challenge!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April 28

April 28
Skip Hire
This is about as urban as I get, at least recently. I think I am more of a rural sketcher than anything and then I can't resist adding a bit of colour, but as this skip appeared on my neighbour's drive recently I thought I may as well draw it.

Monday, 27 April 2015

April 27

April 27
The Cricket Club
What could be more typically English than the village cricket club?
It also reminds us that summer is almost here and hopefully there will be many games played upon this pitch.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

April 26

April 26
I forgot what date today is and put 25 instead of 26 by mistake! However this colour note of some pansies will help when I come to do a larger painting of them before they are planted in a hanging basket. I like the little orange one on the far right. The background needs a lot of work, but at least I know what I'm aiming for.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

April 25

April 25
A different day today starting with some paper work followed by hours at the opticians for a routine eye-test ( I need to upgrade my reading glasses apparently but otherwise ok), and then by way of a treat a banoffee ice cream cornet from the Riverside café. Yummy!

Friday, 24 April 2015

April 24

April 24
They did mention it was going to feel cooler today. He doesn't look too bothered while she looks decidedly chilly.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

April 23

April 23
Happy St George's Day, and a beautiful day it is too. Clear blue sky with just a hint of cloud bubbling up at the horizon, trees beginning to turn green and down at hedgerow level the froth of blossom not yet disbursed by wind and rain. This field, a favourite walking place for many, is currently full of dandelions.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

April 22

April 22
Ford at the Coronation Bridge with cottages beyond. A view which always appeals to me at any time of year.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

April 21

April 21
From the village hall.
Across the pond to some farm buildings in the distance. A sense of stillness, of Nature poised, ready to burst into life at any minute.A beautiful morning but still a little chill in the air.

Monday, 20 April 2015

April 20

April 20
A pomegranate and orange which will form part of a still life for the class tomorrow. Probably some flowers will get in there somewhere.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

April 19

April 19
A friend took us out for lunch at a local restaurant and I managed to this sketch of the corner opposite us between courses.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

April 18

April 18
Sketch from Wyck Rissington Churchyard.
Today was a day of two halves. This morning everyone complained how cold the wind was, by the afternoon the wind dropped and everyone was saying how hot they were (having gone out for a walk through the meadows in anoraks and body warmers...)

Friday, 17 April 2015

April 17

April 17
The first bluebell has appeared in the garden which makes me hope that it won't be long before they start covering the floor of this piece of woodland. Can't wait to see a swathe of them.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

April 16

April 16
Along one of the many footpaths in the area around my home. It's always a joy to walk and sketch and the weather has been lovely. Unfortunately my throat has been so dry and sore it was really difficult to swallow, so reluctantly I did  not stay out as long as usual.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

April 15

April 15
Ice-cream weather continues...
Whatever your age, ice-cream remains a firm favourite and adds to the holiday atmosphere
(but shouldn't they be back in school by now?) I like the large advertising cornet.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

April 14

April 14
The sun brought lots of visitors to the village although the wind made them uncertain what to wear. Meanwhile hay fever has set in making for a sore nose and a day of frustration..

Monday, 13 April 2015

April 13

April 13
This Geranium was bought as a small pot-plant as a project for a class many years ago and was later consigned to the kitchen window with numerous other plants which ended their days there through shameful neglect on my part. This plant refuses to stop flowering however and now lives happily on its third kitchen window sill and is a cherished member of the family..

Sunday, 12 April 2015

April 12

April 12
On a very windy walk around the lakes we found this old boat and managed to do this quick sketch without being blown away. It will remind me I want to go back and do a more completed version another day.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

April 11

The weekend is here and this is always a good way to start it !

Friday, 10 April 2015

April 10

Entrance to the Dragonfly maze.
I walk past this most days but never really considered it for a sketch before. It must just have been the way the light hit it today. If the weather holds I want to go back and do a larger painting of this.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

April 9

A walk across the fields.
The sun has brought out ramblers, dog-walkers and lots of midges.
(But not as many as the number of visitors in the village).

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

April 7

April 7th
Early morning in town.
Slowly returning to normal after the bank holiday Monday.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April 5

Home improvements
I don't suppose anyone will guess what we have been up to today?

April 5

Blue Screen
April 4
Ran out of time to do much yesterday but hope to be back later with today's offering.

Friday, 3 April 2015

April 3

Greetings from the gang
I really need to get out more but it's been raining hard all day and apparently the bathroom needs redecorating so time has been limited...

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Notes from a small sketchbook

April 1st
I've been challenged by someone to try and fill the really small Moleskine watercolour sketchbook which is only 9 x 14 cm and comes only in a landscape format, by producing a sketch-a-day throughout April. I have used the larger size sketchbooks before but not this mini one.
So here is Day 1, which just goes to show how much practice I need on figures and how much practice people need in keeping still for longer when out enjoying themselves (don't they know how difficult it is?)

April 2nd
This is the day before Good Friday so I thought Daffodils would be appropriate.
I quite like the paper but I am not sure yet how much water it will take. At 200gsm it should be good to work on. I don't know if I shall last another 28 days but I definitely want to work more in sketchbooks of various sizes and formats.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Cling film

Class demonstration pieces on Bockingford NOT
The last class before Easter was a bit of fun time with cling film, sea salt and some fallen branches  (of which there are PLENTY thanks to  the recent winds). Some people love textures, others not so much, but it's good to do something different once in a while without worrying about how it turns out.