Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A drawing from our second visit to Portugal



We were still in Lisbon, and it was during the World Cup and there was yet another football (soccer) match on somewhere, and as the Portuguese are all football MAD the country kind of closed down while their own team was playing, but there were a few people who were otherwise preoccupied, like myself and these two other ladies, whose men were engrossed - ENGROSSED - in the action on the television, as was MY other half, and me, I was just drawing.

The up side of all the football: nobody played me the blindest bit of notice, they were GLUED to the television screens. Except for these two ladies. And me.

So I drew them.

And later I painted it up, let it dry, photographed it and put it away, and promptly forgot about it until I was looking for something else in my vast files of images of my drawings and paintings. A nice little surprise .... I wonder if that lady's kid is into football. He'd be about 6 years old now.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photographs, and playing with finishes

We are blessed with digital technology, really. It has made so many things possible, including the rapid and accurate sharing of news. And photographers have much less waste, in that they don't have to go developing images in a dark room to see what they've got. And you can send your material over the internet so quickly too.

There are down sides, but I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Anyway, here are some pictures of Fanore Strand, in County Clare, same shot, but I thought I'd see how it looks in B&W too. It's an amazing beach.




The figure by the water is the photographer in my life Dolf Patijn, and he has taught me a lot about the art of photography. Do check out his work here.

Edit: The B&W version is getting a lot of love over on Flickr.com, here's the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26811601@N03/

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Road Trip: Fanore Strand - sketches!

Fanore Strand in north-west Clare is lovely, I'd never stopped there before. It's an unusual beach, with flat rocks in the middle of it and a stream too. I liked it.

And there was a place out of the worst of the wind to sit and sketch. It was the middle of January, after all.
Fanore Strand Sketch I

Fanore Strand Sketch III

Fanore Strand Sketch II

We stayed in the area till after dark and watched the lights gradually come on on the Aran Island and on the other side of Galway Bay and Dolf took some shots of the sunset and the night sky. Those I haven't seen yet myself. Then we headed to Ennistymon.

I got a few photos myself and I'll post them up here sometime. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Playing with making marks.

Because some things I like looking at and photographing are a bit fiddly to draw, I have spent a little time looking at other ways of reproducing them. So I took to tracing with carbon paper again, with interesting results:



The fun part is dealing with the smears afterwards.