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 :)