Sunday, December 28, 2014

Flu Season ..

T'was the day before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for the dog and myself as I wandered around looking for Neo-Citran ;-(

Say it isn't true..but yes I spent the last three days shivering and sneezing.

Yesterday I couldn't stand it any longer and went for a walk. Having read 'Landscape Drawing in Pencil' by Frank M. Rines (One of the many books I received for Christmas) I decided to sketch our Covered Bridge (there were several covered bridge drawings in the book).

This is the on-site sketch on a grey, damp blustery day (much like my mood)
I was only out for an hour but by the time I got back home I was quite chilled.

After a dose of Hot Chocolate ;-)
I set about redrawing the scene with some of my other Christmas presents (Thanks Doug!).
Dip pens and RED W&N drawing Ink
Shadows made with dilute Noodlers Lexington Grey
Highlights with Derwent Chinese White
and a dash of  Derwent Venetian Red just because I have it..

 I'm not crazy about the grey and may use some of the Venetian Red to warm it up

I hope you are enjoying the 'Holidays' after the festivities ..


Sunday, December 21, 2014

For a long time I have been thinking about getting the 'Tan' toned sketchbook by Strathmore. 
I have had the 'Grey' version for over a year now!

Well at the latest sale put on by Curry's I broke down and bought one. This is page 2.

Inspiration came from the latest bout of crappy weather and a walk in the Ignatius Centre.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

End of the road ..

.. well the fulfilment of a journey anyway.

You can read the whole story here:

These are two quick sketches I made as I recorded the scene with my camera.

The first is a scene I have been waiting for for almost a year, yesterday the mist and fog rolled in..

This one was behind me ... another image just waiting for the right moment

Patience has it's rewards !

Enjoy the season


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Any loose change?

This ties in with my blog post :

The full story of my Saturday walkabout in Hamilton is there.

When I returned home I couldn't get one particular image out of my head.

No I didn't photograph this but knew I had to record it, so out came the sketckbook.

We all should be grateful for what we have.