Art

Tiger, tiger


I had a very rare day yesterday. So rare that I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a day like it, which is saying something. I actually had nowhere to be, nothing urgent to do, nobody relying on me to do anything and no reason not to take a day to indulge myself in the things I wanted to do rather than the things I was obligated to do.

And boy did I enjoy myself!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of it but I spent some time creating a picture of a tiger’s face, which I quickly did in oil pastels in my A4 sketchbook (and which has already been claimed by my son’s girlfriend!). I absolutely loved that feeling of applying colour to paper, and it prompted me to recreate it in oil paints on an A2 sized canvas, taking my time over it and taking care to build it up in layers rather than doing a “colouring in” exercise that I have tended to do in the past.

I copied them from a photograph online, and for the first time, I didn’t trace it onto the canvas beforehand. I sketched out the outlines in pencil for the pastel sketch, but…and I’m so glad I could do this…the painting was done entirely freehand with no backing sketch laid down first. It is totally painted and it represents a big step in my confidence as well as my developing technique. Who knows, I might even feel brave enough to take my materials out into the open air and paint something “live” sometime soon!

Here is the pastel sketch:

Tiger sketch in oil pastels

And here is the painting in its various stages of completion:

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I usually find that doing something creative helps if I am feeling a bit out of focus within myself, and yesterday’s and today’s activities have helped me feel better. Not that there has been anything drastically wrong, but you know what I mean? There doesn’t have to be something wrong for something to make you feel better.

Having a totally free day yesterday was the key to it and I’m really glad I haven’t squandered the time to myself. I’m really pleased with the results and I’m looking forward to attempting a landscape or something next time.

 

 

 

 

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Art

Picture of the Day


I was sorting out some stuff this weekend and I came across this sketch I did a few years ago tucked away in one of my music files. Don’t ask how it got there…I’m at a loss too!

I remember doing this one and one of Elvis at the same time but I can’t find the Elvis picture anywhere. It’s probably tucked away somewhere “safe” (like the Christmas chocolate I found last week was).

Anyway, here’s my picture of the day. It’s a pencil sketch of Humphrey Bogart done by me a few years ago one afternoon when my pencil got itchy. It’s getting itchy again now having seen this one…watch out for more coming along!

A sketch of Humphrey Bogart by me, scanned at 600dpi
A sketch of Humphrey Bogart by me, scanned at 600dpi