Sketch a Day

Hello, Happy New Year to all - I hope this is a peaceful, yet remarkable year for you, filled with wonder, joy and love.

For me, I am going to create a sketch every day and post the image on my blog with a little information about the work. I have no exhibitions planned for 2017 and if all goes well, I should have enough work for a show in 2018.

So, to catch up as it is now day 5 of January 2017! I have 3 images to show you as I've only decided to start this project 2 days ago and one image is a rework of the first sketch I created...

Sketch 1

Tulips painted in acrylic on canvas - playing with composition and colour 

 Sketch 1 rework - adding larger Tulips in the foreground 

Sketch 1 rework - adding larger Tulips in the foreground 

 Sketch 2 Black and White Tulips - variation on a theme.  Don't worry, I won't be painting Tulips every day!  That's the joy of this blog, I am only going to create images that please me and in turn, I hope you gain some pleasure from looking at them as well.  Here, I'm experimenting with black and white (I actually used fabric paint as black is not part of my palette unless it's working with pen and ink on paper) acrylic and fabric paint on canvas. I'm also not a fan of  chiaroscuro , as I much prefer flat colour blocks; one of the reasons I'm hesitant to use black and white paint as there is a compulsion to find the contrasts between the two with all the shades in between.  I must admit I enjoyed the process as well as the outcome as I still have managed a sense of flat colour blocks without too much emphasis on light and shade.  For me the challenge is to abstract to the point that the essence of the mood of the composition is realised - I'm a big fan of  Rothko  and  Sean Scully  and would love to achieve the sublime reduced imagery and palette they seem to effortlessly achieve.

Sketch 2 Black and White Tulips - variation on a theme.  Don't worry, I won't be painting Tulips every day!  That's the joy of this blog, I am only going to create images that please me and in turn, I hope you gain some pleasure from looking at them as well.

Here, I'm experimenting with black and white (I actually used fabric paint as black is not part of my palette unless it's working with pen and ink on paper) acrylic and fabric paint on canvas. I'm also not a fan of chiaroscuro, as I much prefer flat colour blocks; one of the reasons I'm hesitant to use black and white paint as there is a compulsion to find the contrasts between the two with all the shades in between.  I must admit I enjoyed the process as well as the outcome as I still have managed a sense of flat colour blocks without too much emphasis on light and shade.

For me the challenge is to abstract to the point that the essence of the mood of the composition is realised - I'm a big fan of Rothko and Sean Scully and would love to achieve the sublime reduced imagery and palette they seem to effortlessly achieve.