When my daughter left primary school recently, the school presented us with a folder containing all her school reports and a series of self-portraits that she had drawn each year. It was such a lovely leaving gift.
It is interesting to see them all side-by-side showing the developmental stages of her drawing skills - the first one features the all important belly-button that all children seem to include in their early pictures! and the last one the introduction of shading. It is also interesting to see when she chose NOT to draw the glasses that she has worn since the age of 6...
A prickly subject.... again painted at the garden centre.
There is something very interesting about this particular garden centre, it is a family owned business, and one of the original founders is a lady of 101 and she still comes in to work every day! Well they say doing what we love keeps us young - she must be the proof...
Week 2 of my drawing and watercolour class - this week, seascapes, using masking fluid and spatter techniques, working from a photo. I'm really pleased with how this one has turned out, but must try harder to get my horizon line straight! I think what really made the painting was adding the little sailboats on the horizon - they weren't in the photo.
Another sky study this time I applied a Watercolour wash then removed some paint with a tissue to get the cloud effect, then back in with a darker colour when the paint was slightly wet to create the dark clouds. Landscape put in when sky had dried.
Married with two children, a stepdaughter and two grandaughters. I am fortunate to live surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet only a few miles from the Georgian city of Bath. I have a passion for Visual Journaling and mixed media. When I was first starting out I found a lot of inspiration scattered around the web. So I decided to create a resource for anyone wanting to keep a journal and www.journalcraft.co.uk was born.
I previously spent 25 years in the IT industry, and still advise small businesses.