As the Coronovirus outbreak forces people to stay in doors I am fortunate to have a garden from which to sketch in.
It is easy to get caught up the news and be feeling anxious about the things you cannot do anything about so instead I am sharing some of the beauty and colour that spring is showing us.
These mini daffodils are shooting up in pots around my garden, they look so delicate I thought I would try and capture their colour without using my pen to draw them.
This is a good exercise for you to have a go at, blocking out the colour with your paint brush and then leaving to dry before adding another slightly darker shade to create form.
My final layer is always the darker parts, the shadows which can make a drawing look 3D. I think this one may of gone a little to dark now but I am happy. I enjoyed the hour or so of creativity, concentrating and focusing on something other than the news of the day.
I’ve been enjoying the recent sunshine in Edinburgh, and recently took a walk along the Water of Leith into Stockbridge.
The Water of Leith river is said to be around 22 miles long and runs from the Pentland Hills through Edinburgh to Leith and out into the Forth of Firth.
There are many beautiful sights to be seen along its winding route (look out for heron, king fishers and otters), and one such place is Stockbridge where the green vegetation contrasts well with the sandstone architecture above.
I drew the above sketch in between St Bernard’s Well and St Bernard’s Bridge, which features in the drawing. This original ink and watercolour sketch measures approx 280x200mm and is yours mounted for £145. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase the piece.
This sketch is from my lunch stop at Cafe Truva today. The lovely Mediterranean inspired cafe on the Royal Mile is half sheltered from the sunshine under huge pillars. Although not wanting to waste this glorious weather we are having in Edinburgh just now, I sat on the sunny side of the terrace!
There is something very theraputic about sitting in a peaceful garden and looking at trees for twenty minutes.
Concentrate on the many beautiful colours as the low light flickers through the leaves, notice how the dark branches weave their contrasting path through the sky. Let out a huge sigh and wonder in the fact you are only a few feet away from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile.
I tinted the sketch on my PC, its the nearest I could get to the autumnal foliage.
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