Friday, November 27, 2015

Live, Love, Sketch


Still painting sunflowers

Would you say I have an addictive personality?

I didn't think this version was frame-quality, so I decided to use it to experiment with a background. Still not sure, but it's too late now! I might push the background a shade or two darker and see what it does!

Duo-Tone Sunflowers

Just for the fun of it

Thursday, November 26, 2015


A quick little sketch with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons

Pop Art Self-Portrait

This is how I jazzed up my little sketch! Duo-tone and collage tools in Picasa are brilliant!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


It doesn't quite look like me. But it does. All at the same time. And it was fun. What more do I need?

Under Your Spell - Give me something to sing about

I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer the first time round.
And I still love it on Netflix.
These clips are from the "Once more with Feeling" episode. And you can buy the album on iTunes!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Under your spell

Again, this doesn't quite look like the person I was trying to draw. But I am certainly not afraid to tackle faces any more!

Koosje Koene Illustrations - Learn to draw: Drawing For The Sake Of Staying Sane

Another good post by Koosje Koene Illustrations - Learn to draw: Drawing For The Sake Of Staying Sane:
Reminding us that drawing the every day is good for the soul. Never be stuck for something to draw!

Sigur Rós

This will probably be taken off YouTube - after all it's the whole album. But while it's there, have a listen. Iceland is definitely on my bucket list!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Not a pumpkin, not a gourd

I don't know if it's because of my health problems this summer, or just that I'm not getting any younger, but I'm forgetting words more and more. Let's hope it's not early onset!

But no matter how hard I try, I can't think of the word for this vegetable that looks like a gourd on the outside and has the lovely orange of a pumpkin on the inside. I could google it I guess, but that won't help my brain, will it. Maybe I'm suffering from over-reliance on Google? In which case, the world is in deep trouble.

Wonderful soup was made out of it. Hence the title! And yesterday, we had celeriac, apple and butter beans soup, which was divine! Maybe I'll try to draw and paint a celeriac - nice subtle shades of white!

Butternut squash! That's the word!

Sunflower - a different approach - again

I found a painting on the internet that's exactly what I'd like to do. It's a painting by a lady called Sandra Strohschein, called Maci's Sunflower, and it's absolutely yummy!

So I decided to try and copy it, so I would have a better understanding of how to approach this. I didn't quite achieve the same sense of movement, but I think the colours and textures work well. So, this is definitely not over yet!

I used black ink for the centre. I know, I know, you should not use black in watercolours, but I like how it turned out, as I sprinkled it with bits of watercolour pencil (using my favourite bit of sandpaper - I got sandpaper in Dealz at some point, and it doesn't work at all, so I'll have to go to Woodies when I run out!)

Koosje Koene Illustrations - Learn to draw: Draw Tip Tuesday - The contents of my Sketch Bag

I loved watching Koosje Koene Illustrations - Learn to draw: Draw Tip Tuesday - The contents of my Sketch Bag:

And no, I don't snoop through other people's pencil cases. Or at least I haven't since I was ten.

But, like all amateur artists I guess, I love to know what tools professional artists are using. At this point in my life, I know that a new pen is not going to magically turn me into a talented painter. And I'm still in that phase where I'm using art supplies, not buying art supplies. I did accumulate a lot over the last ten years or more, so it will take me a while to work through all those pencils, pens, paints, sketchbooks, brushes, and other bits and pieces that I thought at one stage were essential to my artistic development. But it's Christmas soon! And I can't resist a good art shop!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

What I'm wearing today

Not quite today. But over the last few weeks. I'm particularly fond of my H&M grey maxi jumper. Very cosy. Though probably won't be warm enough for the real cold days. But then again, we rarely get colder than minus 5 celsius in Dublin!

H&M Jumper
H&M scarf

Boden jumper
Banana Republic shirt

H&M jumper
H&M scarf
H&M coatigan
Boden skirt
Clarks pumps

Penneys top

H&M jumper
Levi's outlet jeans
Clarks boots

H&M jumper


I've decided to cure my sunflower obsession with a face obsession.

The other Willow

Maybe a spell gone wrong?