Packed up my recently acquired rucksack-stool contraption and found a new beach to sketch from about a mile away (I've been trying to work out how to get there for ages and just realised the Scottish free-to-roam policy, doh!). It was cold but beautiful as the Isle of Harris decided to be visible today. And of course North Uist had to be drawn beforehand too. I've been particularly lucky with the clarity across the Minch these last few weeks but the compulsion to draw the mountains never fades...
Happy bank holiday Monday to you!
In true Spring fashion, the bank holiday weekend has been one of new beginnings: Lynne's Art Shed opening, looking at new drawing compositions and new lambs being born on the croft across from our house. We've avoided the impact of Storm Katie up here and had a lovely few days. The sheep decided (unusually) to settle where I could see to draw them so I had a go yesterday. Totally new picture for me, not usually the grass-drawing type, but thought I'd give it a go - took hours! Had two pictures on the go at once in the end as the sunset was a beautiful orange.
Privileged to witness beautiful skies over the sea over the last few evenings. Tomorrow the art shed opens! Fingers crossed...
Painting in the more practical sense today: the first coat of the sign for Lynne's Art Shed is on the shed wall. V chuffed, it's actually taking shape now!
Caught last night's reluctant sunset through the clouds too. Really rather beautiful, hoping for some lovely colours later on...
Interesting mauve light this afternoon - beautiful day up here (even went for a run this morning and there was no wind or rain!). Also been getting the Art Shed ready today. Flooring is in, just nails to hammer in the walls (v lucky to have a practical Foz on hand) and all set to open this week :)
Inspiring life drawing workshop yesterday with two fabulous models - beats me how they hold the poses for so long, but they did and I'm always grateful for that.
Happy Mondays everyone :)
Thought I'd draw as I wound my way down through the mainland yesterday - these charcoal sketches are my output until Crianlarich. Normally I drive this way in the dark, or in the early hours of the day, trying to get through as swiftly as possible as I usually do the full twelve hours in one day. This time I thought I'd split the journey in half so I could get a chance to see and draw as I worked my way down the road. These drawings were the views that everyone sees when driving this road (A82). No walking or climbing took place, these were done from the very beaten track (I did pull over, no blocking of traffic was involved in the making of these sketches!).
Despite my intentions, low cloud and rain persisted throughout, but after Crianlarich, the fog really closed in and any views I was hoping for across Loch Lomond truly did not want to be seen yesterday. Still, Glen Shiel and the Rannoch Moor (east of Glencoe) were utterly beautiful and it was lovely to try drawing them. Might try and draw them on my way up-country another time. One day I'll draw the route with more time and precision, but I'm happy I got to stop a little this time.
Back in Wiltshire now and off to life drawing tomorrow. Have lovely weekends everyone :)
Well, the weather in the rest of the country may have been grim, but here it was fabulous - so I decided to circumnavigate the island, onto the mainland and back, with my sketchbook. I knew the morning was due to be clear so I captured the sunrise and then took my chances on the roads (one never knows when all four seasons will descend) to see if the weather would last. It did! And a few overwhelm-ments (yes, making up words again) were faced today: my irrational fear of big paper (as described in yesterday's post) and feeling so dwarfed by the beauty of the Cullins that I can't draw them. Big relief as the Cullins were my main source of inspiration when we started coming to Skye and yet I haven't been able to actually draw them until today. Daft I know but hey, we all have our quirks. They're currently snow-clad and even more beautiful than their summer selves. If I'd never seen anything else in my lifetime I think I'd have been replete, such is their splendour.
So, in making use of all available daylight hours of the day - and all sizes of paper to hand, I used a small A5 sketchbook for the charcoals, usual size for the sunrise and then advanced to the larger. 40x30cm paper for the sunset. Replaced my small easel with a chunky drawing board (inherited from my brother's school days) for the evening drawing and there we are, quite a lot of paper covered.
Also, learned about a new programme for reducing the memory size of .png and .jpg files without diminishing image quality from the fabulous Social Media Marketing Podcast. Tinypng.com and Tinyjpg.com are free for up to 20 images at a time and are really easy to use. That, combined with picmonkey.com to help with the charcoal collage and hopefully this blog won't be taking up as much time to download. Just thought I'd share the discoveries on this busy day.
Happy Wednesdays to you all :)