I have called this one Pheasant Fan. It has taken me about 2 months to complete working on it for an hour or so each morning. I find this method allows me to work on fine detail and then step away and see it again with fresh eyes the next day.
My husband picked up 5 feathers whilst walking our dog Charlie. The 5 feathers were all different sizes and spread out made a lovely fan….
My excitement was complete as I know I will be able to produce work from these feathers for many years to come.
Settling on the largest 3 I maintained the fan composition, playing around to get the shadows correct. My first job is to draw the outline of the feathers in a light graphite drawing. making note of the imperfections in the feathers, which give the drawing more character….
Then the next 2 months were spent working on the many layers needed. I make the first layers darker than needed, marking the tone initially in light and dark ochre. Here’s some progress shots….
The original drawing has been framed in a gorgeous black and gold frame to 18 x 12″…
Pheasant Fan is available from my website shop here or click on the image above to follow the link…
I think I am going to draw conkers every autumn. The lovely chestnut colours are such a treat to do. I have seen many paintings and drawing of conkers and a lot of them seem to feature the shell as well so I thought I would include one. In actual fact the shell proved the trickiest part and the most enjoyable. I had to think carefully about all those little brown spots and the various directions that the lines went.
Here is a little video of the progress of the piece…
The piece is framed and available from my website here or click on the framed image below to take you there.
I picked up this bullrush on a dog walk. I’d had my eye on them for a while and when the seasons were just about to turn I picked it. The ground it was in can be quite marshy when the rains come. I let it dry out in my studio for a few weeks until it was ready to draw from.
I loved the tall elegance of these plants and have tried to retain its height by doing a narrow drawing. It is 17 x 10″ on white Arches heavy watercolour smooth paper. I tried various ways to display it but settled on taping it to a board. Shining a light on it created interesting shadow shapes.
Here’s a little slideshow of the progress….
The fluffy poker like seed head was a challenge, I started out trying to drawing every little variation but this was not going to work so in the end with alot of squinting to spot the various tones I resorted to many layers of crosshatched graphite.
The finished piece can be seen on my website shop here… or clicking on the framed image below…
I am delighted to have a piece accepted into this prestigous exhibition which takes place at the Menier Gallery on the Southbank, London.
This was my third attempt to draw this knot of sycamore seeds that I picked up from a walk across the golf course. First I tried them with oils (too detailed for oils) then watercolours (struggled with the colour mixing) and then reverted to my favourite – graphite. The pencils did not let me down, they allowed me to create all the fine details and translucent effect…..
Draw 17 is a wonderful exhibition, I was extremely lucky to have my work hang besides such talented artists.
Join me in a tour around my studio and see what I’m working on…
My drawing of catkins has gone really well. It took me about 4 mornings of an hour – 2 hours sketching each day. Every time I sat back down to draw it seemed darker and I kept having to go over some previous completed areas. By the third day I realised that the catkins themselves were darkening as they were drying out – 🙂
These are the catkins that I plucked whilst walking Charlie, I thought that in January / February there would be nothing worth sketching, I’d already done holly and pine cones but no, I was wrong, there is plenty.
A progress drawing, this is drawn on Daler Rowney Bristol Board, it is a great surface for these small studies, it holds the graphite well and has a bright white look which then frames well….
The finished piece sitting in its white rustic frame. The piece is 6 x 6″ and is framed to 8 x 8″. If you would like to view it in my shop click here or on the image below…