Although it seems like my focus has just been on the 30 paintings in 30 days I have still been trying to do other sketches and paintings as well. Here is a selection of my Sktchy inspired portraits from the month. I used a variety of mediums - pen, ink, ink wash, charcoal, conte.
I don't draw or paint dogs very often. I am lousy at them. But it just means I need more practice. I tried to go loose and play with some colour here. Went back with pen to add some definition so hopefully you can recognise that it is a dog :) I really am not happy with the Moleskin watercolour sketchbook, the paint just doesn't react in the same way. I am just using up pages now to get it out of the way.
Still playing with Brusho. I love watercolour for all the accidental things it does that create beautiful effects. Brusho takes that even further but can too easily get out of control. That happened here.The shawl the child is wrapped in just took over. But it was still fun.
I had so much fun with the Brusho yesterday I did another. One of my favourite things to paint is pears. I thought the sometimes grainy effect you can get with Brusho would be just right for this. Not as good as I hoped but I think I disturbed the paint too much.
When in doubt as to what to draw or paint just look around and you may be surprised at what you can see that will be fun to use. These are an old pair of slippers that Jasper our cat loves to play with and snuggle into. The little toy mouse is a favourite of Devi's, our other cat.
Another digital Sktchy challenge. This was to use geometric shapes to represent the portrait. I have never done anything like this before. I wasn't sure how to approach it at first but then just had a go. It was quite freeing once I got started. I chose a face with a beard as I thought it would be a great subject.
The colouring took hours but I am pretty happy with the result.
The weather is far too hot to go down to my studio and paint so I am going digital. Believe me it is harder than watercolour painting. I am fairly new to this but having a lot of fun. Steep learning curve.
This was painted for a Sktchy challenge on hands. If you know me you know I love drawing and painting hands so I jumped at this one. I have not tried painting on the ipad before. It took a lot of work and lots of going over and over to get the effect I was trying for. I left the initial sketch lines in as it helped add definition and I liked it.
I was trying to loosen up and be creative with this one. Did not work as I had hoped. I had an owl face in mind but looking at it now it could almost be a bat. And the colours were not as I'd expected either. This will come back with more practice. Helps if I use a reference photo too.
I have decided to take the challenge once again this year to create 30 paintings over January. I am feeling very rusty with my painting so this will help brush the cobwebs away and get me back into gear. Well that's the theory. I don't have a particular theme for the month, I'll just wing it. I hope you come back often to see how the month is going.
Day 1 Red Kangaroo
You can see how rusty my painting skills are... :) I painted this in my Moleskin watercolour sketchbook. Not a real fan of the paper I must say.