Friday, 12 April 2013

Waiting for spring


I'm still waiting for all the spring blossoms and flowers to bloom, so that I can sketch them, but spring's very slow this year, with too cold temperatures and winter weather well into April. So I've been looking for alternatives around me, like the ivy outside my office window, which has beautiful purple fruits.


I like to start my sketches, even the simplest ones, with a pencil. There have been quite a few of my fellow bloggers who have done/are doing pen only sketches, and I'm in awe of their skills. I still the need pencils at the moment, they feel save.


The sketch was done during my lunch time, and I'm always looking forward to adding some colour when I get home in the evening. Finally, I got to try out my new Koh-I-Noor watercolours, the latest addition of paints to try out to replace my expensive watercolour paints in my little sketchbooks. I'm really pleased with them, and the way they mix.


I'm quite pleased with the result, I have to say. It's not the usual quick sketch I'd normally do in this sketchbook, but then this is what I like about sketchbooks. They can contain whatever you want. From quick simple sketches to more elaborate studies. There's no theme, style, pattern to follow, no rules.



Linking this up to the marvellous Paint Party Friday. Make sure to have a look at all the talented artists who contribute to the party each week. It's always so inspiring. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

29 comments:

  1. I use those paints with my derwent journal and they are fab.... I also love their brilliants... the colours are even clearer than those wheels... and I sometimes use pen only and others I need pencil... there is a comfort in using the pencils, but sometimes I need to use pen alone as it makes me concentrate on the lines... i can get a bit lazy with observing when I use pencils... but it does depend on my mood...xx

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  2. Beautiful... love your take on the original photo!!! Well done. Hope your weather changes soon!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. Wow what is this fabulous. What a great painting. Love the coloring too.
    lovely greet
    Marja
    marjascreativity.blogspot.nl

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  4. fabulous painting, such beautiful colours and I like the way you have used the white line highlights

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  5. Wow! I love this piece and the photo is amazing as well. I am waiting for the beautiful flowers and greenery as well. I love going out to the forest preserves and taking photos of all of the wonderful nature around us.

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  6. this is a amazing! love the colors you've used and the white marks, too.

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  7. So very lovely and rich with color, blooming!

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  8. Your drawings are exquisite! I just love them! And I am also desperately awaiting the arrival of Spring! It is gale force winds and rain here at the moment!

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  9. Those colours are gorgeous! Love the softness of it with the white details.

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  10. These berry are amazing. My favorite Colors :)
    Happy PPF and hugs
    Erika

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  11. Great drawing, love the colors! Your photos are always so beautiful,too!

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  12. The final result is really wonderful! I like seeing the process, too. I also think that on more complicated drawings, you need the ability to erase. The colors and composition are spot-on!

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  13. fabulous drawings and color sketches!!!

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  14. love to draw in pencil, ink straight to paper really scares me. Loving your beautiful watercolour sketch, especially those fab coloured leaves. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Wow this is amazing, I will have to let some of the berries on my ivy hedge stay to get to see that purple, it is luscious. I am like you I need to draw in pencil - the comfort of knowing I can rub it out, strangely enough I like to draw with coloured pencils which can be difficult to rub out entirely. Perhaps it all is in my head!

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  16. yummy! You know how to use the white, I love it! Makes the other colors extra beautiful. Thanks for sharing, I love visiting your blog :o)

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  17. So glad to hear you start with pencil. I LOVE my pencil and eraser. The fruits are luscious and beautiful. Purple is often hard to work with but you got it just right. Love the way the painting flows.

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  18. the photo and painting are equally stunning. i love that purple! xoxo ♥ aimee

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  19. Wonderful colours, beautifully drawn. fabulous work.!!

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  20. beautiful berries, the color palette is gorgeous!

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  21. I thought of you today when I actually did some sketching!
    Rinda

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  22. Ohh this is awesome! Very nice
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  23. Oh my word - the colours of your paints are so incredibly vibrant! This is gorgeous. I think spring has gone awol all over the world this year as we all seem to be on the look out for it!

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  24. Oh, I LOVE this painting! what a beautiful blossom/or pod? you've captured it beautifully, and love your style. happy PPF!

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  25. Love this piece. Just beautiful work. I have to try those watercolors out. You did a great job with the photo and your piece. Thanks.

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  26. The berries are wonderful, both the original photo and your wonderful water coloured berries!

    Happy PPF!

    Ilona

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