Friday, December 29, 2006
Two versions of phoenixes, the top one is done in oil pastels, the bottom with dry pastels.
Researching the story of the phoenix, I discovered that it is based in Egyptian mythology, on a bird the Egyptians called the benu, or purple heron. Hence the bottom image.
However, Greek mythology mentions that the bird has red and even gold feathers, as does Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore's phoenix. So, I decided to draw both.
Which do you prefer? I think I prefer the red one.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Most of my family is scattered around the globe and I don't get to see them much. I won't be spending Christmas with my parents or my brother, but I will have some of my family with me. This is them, catching some moments of peace. Paul and Caesar...merry xmas guys! And Happy Holidays to everyone out there.
The one below is a drawing of a Bantam Rooster that Paul's Dad sent me a photo of as a possible drawing subject. Paul's Dad keeps one, and several chickens in their large garden in Cheshire.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Just back from a gorgeous, even though blustery and wet, long weekend in St Ives. Here are some sketches I made from our visit to the Tate Gallery there, situated fabulously overlooking Porthmeor Beach. These sketches are my (rushed) attempt at capturing the appreciation for three of the works I saw there that I loved most. From top to bottom: a Barbara Hepworth sculpture, a Ben Nicholson painting and a Roger Hilton drawing.
For a look at the original Hepworth sculpture, click here. For a look at the original Nicholson painting, click here. I couldn't find a link to the specific Roger Hilton I copied above, but for a link to the exhibition of his work at Tate St Ives, click here.
More drawings and photos to come soon.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This one is called "she smiles, but she lies" and...
I'm calling this one insomnia, which I had pretty bad last night.
Can you tell I'm not having the best of weeks? Can't wait till it ends and the weekend begins, when we take a beautiful train ride down to Cornwall and see the ocean.
Pen & ink single line drawings. For other, better drawings, check out inspire me thursday.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
"If only I could figure out how to show Trixie I have a soft side", Howard thought. "Oh well, this new miracle balm for crustaceans might just help."
Jar reads "softening balm for hard shells...try a little tenderness".
Soft Balm is available from Crustacean Health Clinics everywhere, no prescription required. Contains all natural organic ingredients. No harmful side effects reported.
Pen & ink.
Three images of stillness from St Ives in Cornwall. The first, deserted sand dunes at Lelant in February. The second, the reflection of the sun on a sandbar in the ocean off Porthminster beach. The third, a shot from Barbara Hepworth's studio, kept in the same condition she'd left it since her death.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Being neither American nor a meat eater, I won't be participating this week. I see there are already quite a few turkeys out there. This entry however, is my favourite. Thanks Kevin! You made me smile.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
This old bag is smokin'!
Okay, I know it's lame, but so's the topic, whatever the heck it is. Plus, it's late and my brain is fried. Oh look, a shiny object!
Please can we have a GOOD topic next week.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
"Keeper of Souls..."
She walked with the ghosts of a thousand crows...
This was the idea that instantly popped into my head as soon as I saw the word "ghost". Not sure why exactly. I know that crows can have negative connotations for a lot of people, but I actually like them.
I'm not sure which version I prefer, the pen & ink or the colour.
What do you think?
Thank you everyone for your generous comments. I think that for this topic, I preferred the pen and ink too which is probably why I posted so many versions of it here. However, I do like the grey and red contrasts of the colour version, but not so much for this topic.