Monday, February 29, 2016

Seated in a Tralee Café



I've no idea whether this man clocked me drawing him, he was engrossed in some sports programme on the television in the corner. Made for a reasonably detailed drawing.

Sketched very quickly on location in Tralee - don't ask me where, I can't for the life of me remember - and painted later on. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Three more squashes from the squash drawings



I did this particular drawing just before Christmas, and yesterday I got around to doing more, mainly because I thought I'd better draw the things while I could still get use out of them in the kitchen!

Using pastels on coloured paper is the best, I've used various darker and medium shades of red, orange, blue, purple, and it just makes the colours pop! I think I'll do some landscapes in the same medium, see what comes out.

Might have a go at them with paint too. Hmm. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Indian Summer at Spanish Point

It must be the sunshine of today and yesterday, but when I went looking for something to post on here, this was the one that spoke to me. Sketched on location at Spanish Point in County Clare on a gloriously sunny September afternoon.






Sunday, February 21, 2016

"A Night Of Well-Mannered Frivolity"


Another simple drawing, this time of someone watching a film, one of the Harry Potter series I think it was, hence the title.

I like the tension of drawing in biro. You have to find the line, strengthen it, and not be afraid of the little bits that escape. They help make the drawing, in my opinion, as they are part of the tension, and give a sense of movement and life. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I Want To Talk To You



If you sit and watch, and allow yourself to fade into the background, you start to notice the little things. Like the boy who sees a girl he thinks is pretty, but isn't sure how she would react if he went over to her. You witness several minutes of agonising indecision before he makes up his mind - or his mind is made up for him. Long enough to get a quick drawing ....

Did he get to talk to the girl? Or did she get up and leave before he had a chance? I honestly don't know, my attention was soon taken with another subject. But I did speculate about it later when I was painting this up. After all, it's the little things .... 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Romantique II in Moneygall

JP specifically asked for a few of the watercolour sketches for this exhibition at Gallery Revival, so I got a few of them framed up and they look FAB. Unfortunately I forgot to get pictures of them on the wall in their frame, will ask him to do that if he has time.




Palermo Sea Front - just a note to myself, really, otherwise I might well forget where exactly I sketched this young couple. It's one of the three at the exhibition in Moneygall. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pure drawing: Lounging in Petrin Park



One of the great things about drawing the people around you is having to be quick about it. It forces you to make sometimes very radical decisions when making marks, picking a line, accentuating a form. It gets to the point when you don't even think about it. This is one such drawing, done in under 5 minutes - actually probably more like 2 minutes when I think about it - and after 3 or 4 days of just sketching people out of doors.

I haven't painted it up. Nor will I. This one is all about the drawing.