Here's another drypoint with chine colle, a charm of goldfinches (a couple of versions). We
seem to have lots here at the moment! Hope your Christmas break (if
you've had one!) has been all you wished for, and that 2016 brings
health, happiness, and lots of art!
Here's another ink and watercolour painting, based on a pic I took up on
Black Combe in the Lake District a few years ago. Enjoyed fiddling
around with this one last night for a
couple of hours, then spent the rest of the evening on the 'Rightmove'
website looking at property for sale in Cumbria...
An item that has long been on my wish list is a Lamy Safari fountain pen, so for #inktober I decided to treat myself to one at last :-) These ink and wash sketches are based on photos of various places I've visited over the past few years. The ink is Platinum Carbon Ink, which was sold with dire warnings about how it will kill your fountain pen if you're not careful!
Some quick studies of a water shrew. A volunteer doing pond dipping at the local nature reserve found this recently deceased beastie. I
took it home and managed a few quick
studies but it was getting a bit whiffy... Did you know it has venomous
saliva? Wonderful to find, I have never seen one before!
Here's a new linocut print, based on a pic I took when out watching
hares down the farm track. I've been in a bit of a creative hole for a
while, so I thought I'd keep this simple, a one-colour print. Though I
will now go and try out some different colours too!
A couple of weeks back I found a field full of hares near to where l
live, and took some (fairly distant) photos - not great pics, it has to
be said, but good enough for sketching from... Lots to keep me occupied!
These are all done using a biro (Bic fine).
A couple of prints from a small collagraph plate, with added
watercolour, based on a picture I took at a local nature reserve. I do
enjoy the slight variation that comes with printmaking (my printmaking
Here's another addition to my (ahem) occasional natural world journal, a cowslip. http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/cowslip
These are growing in large numbers on the roadside verges locally. Once they would have covered entire meadows...
Was looking through an old sketchbook from a couple of years ago and
found this monotype print that I'd stuck in - I remember making it and not
really liking it much, hence it got
stuck into a sketchbook and forgotten about. Having rediscovered it I
find I quite like it - shame I stuck it firmly to the back cover, where I
can't remove it or even scan it easily! Do you ever encounter forgotten
pieces and find you like them?
I don't often get the paintbrushes wet these days, but felt inspired to
have a go after a wet and windy walk around the fields here the other
day. After a nice settled spell of warm weather, this is what it's been
like for the last few days!
Here's a bit of an experiment - this is using drypoint paper plates (these: http://intaglioprintmaker.com/category/paper-drypoint-plate).
It's thin card with a coating that you can scratch through with a
drypoint tool. You can get nice drypoint lines, and the toned areas (the
blue and black here) are made by tearing the surface, exposing the
card. I enjoyed trying this out, but the plate doesn't last too long!
Here's a recent little drypoint print, based on a post-mortem study I
made last year of a sadly deceased long-tailed tit. I really like it,
though I'm not sure how well 'dead bird art' goes down in general! What
do you think?
...and welcome to Sharon's Pics! Painting, drawing and printmaking inspired by the natural world is my thing - I love the challenge and it's great to see the subjects coming to life on the paper or canvas. I never get bored of it.
I also have another blog, Cambridgeshire nature notes, where you'll find drawings, sketches, studies, photos and general rambling on about the natural world as I find it...
To get in touch with me, email email@example.com.