Earlier this year my eldest son moved into his own home and while I miss him a great deal I immediately claimed his bedroom and gave it a make over changing it into my art room. Although it is only a small room after years of working in a corner of my lounge it's lovely to be able to leave my art materials spread out. I thought it might be nice to give a little tour.
This is the view looking into the room from the door. My drafting table is on the right next to a large storage unit which holds most of my art supplies. To the left is my small pencil storage rack. I was lucky enough to aquire a complete set of storage for pencils when my local art store was changing brands. Until recently these have been stored in the attic so it was lovely to be able to have them somewhere I can actually see and use them.
The other side of the room has the storage unit next to the drafting table. I also usually have a collie or two lying about but they were more interested in watching what I was doing so they were behind the camera rather than in front of it this morning.
Having shown my work area I have to say that when the weather is nice I usually work at my smaller drafting table which I left in my lounge. This is situated next to the patio doors which open onto my decking so that it's easy to take a break outside, not that I do that very often of course :)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Graphite on Fabriano Artistico
My family suffered a tragedy early in March which put art on hold for a few weeks.
Since my last post I've attended three exhibitions, all of which were reasonably successful. The Yorkshire Game Fair held at Newby Hall near Ripon was the muddiest show I've ever attended, the mud was knee deep and tractors were needed to move vehicles on and off the field. It was an experience I'd prefer not to repeat.
Last week I attended Patchings Art Festival, I always enjoy the social aspects of this show although sales were slow over the weekend.
We welcomed a new addition to the family a few weeks ago, meet Xena who is quite possibly the naughtiest puppy I've ever owned. Her hobbies include stripping wallpaper from the hallway, removing plants from the garden and carrying live bees about. We still don't know how she managed to carry a very large bee all the way across the garden without getting stung. However I can report that the bee flew away uninjured.
I've just submitted an article to Leisure Painter on drawing a peacock feather, it should be published in the August magazine out at the beginning of July.
I've started a series of graphite drawings of working dogs, The first one is 'Trial Run' drawn from one of my own reference photographs.
I do now intend to post much more regularly in the future.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Graphite on Mellotex, 17.5 x 11.75 inches
I'm alive and well but have been really busy with real life happenings.
I have a new pencil practice article in this months Leisure Painter magazine (May 2014) on drawing weathered wood in coloured pencil.
'Weathered Stump' the subject of my latest pencil practice article
The next article will be in the July issue and will be techniques for drawing water.
I've marked plenty of assignments for the London Art College diploma course on drawing and painting pet portraits.
I'm in the middle of painting two large commissions of a lovely old Airedale called Joe. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and his owners at Wetherby service station on a bitterly cold winter day so that I could take my own photographs and meet Joe in person.
Show season is fast approaching, my first show of the year will be the Harrogate Spring Flower Show which takes place at the end of this month.
I do intend to get back into a regular blogging routine as it helps me to focus on getting things completed.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
An example of one of the diagrams included in the booklet.
The booklet consists of 16 A5 pages (approx 5.75 x 8.25 inches) printed on a heavy bright white printer paper.
The cost is £6.50 plus £1.50 post and packing.
For the colours used I have included a pencil comparison chart for Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. I have not always found an exact colour match but have suggested a similar colour.
Anyone who purchases the guide can email me for help if they get stuck.
Please note that this guide duplicates the article that I wrote for Leisure Painter Magazine which was published in the November 2013 issue.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Scotland New Years Day 2014
Wishing all my readers a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2014.
Looking back at 2013 I seem to have had a mixed year with some real highs but in other areas much less achieved than I intended.
The Highlights of 2013
'Big Red'My finest achievement in 2013 was Big Red winning the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery prize for best in show at the 2013 Society of Feline Artists exhibition.
Objects drawn for Leisure Painter Magazine Articles
I started writing for Leisure Painter magazine and so far I've written the following articles:-
- Coloured Pencil Techniques
- Pencil Practice : Hare
- Pencil Practice : Metal
- Pencil Practice : Glass (to be published in the March issue)
My final highlight of 2013 was taking over the role of tutor for the Pet Portrait Course run by the London Art College.
I exhibited at the following shows:-
Spring and Autumn Harrogate Flower shows
Yorkshire Game Fair
Society of Feline Artists annual exhibition
Supreme Cat Show
I plan to attend them again in 2014 with the exception of the Supreme Cat show and the Autumn Flower show ( I'll be in Canada when the flower show is held)
'Ladnar Kingfisher - Phenix'I completed several commissions including a stunning champion rough collie, 'Ladnar Kingfisher'
Not Achieved in 2013
I was much less active writing my blog than I planned. My aim for 2014 is to write at least one post a week.
I didn't enter as many competitions or juried exhibitions as I originally planned but I did keep to my decision of not entering work that I didn't consider good enough.
I didn't produce as much original work as I originally thought I would but writing for Leisure Painter and my tutor role did take quite a lot of my time.
My next post will be looking at what I aim to achieve in 2014.