Wednesday, 10 June 2009

I'm Not Really One for Sketching......

When I go to the local Art Society painting demonstrations and the visiting artist hands round several immaculate, perfectly executed sketch books, I always feel kind of inferior. I don't really 'do' sketchbooks - I have lots of them, all with the first few pages filled only. I don't know why I have never managed to complete one - possibly having many different ones may have something to do with it, but I just never seem to have the time or opportunity when out and about to get what I want on paper. It's usually easier to photograph the subject from a few angles and sift through the photos when I get home to use them for reference.


These pages are from my Moleskine - I love my Moleskine but always feel I have to produce something a bit special to grace it's pages...not usually what happens however! We had fresh peas from the market the other day - I wanted to get them down on paper, but I wish I'd gone for a proper watercolour instead...


At Marwell Zoo last week, all I managed to sketch successfully was this Maribou Stork - I love these birds, they are so big, ungainly, they eat carrion and with their wispy receding hairline (featherline?) they look like some sinister prehistoric throwbacks. I wonder what it's like to walk when your legs bend that way? I was leaning on a fence post to sketch this, with my family patiently waiting for me to finish - not conducive to concentration!


These were some practice sparrows using a Chinese brush pen and a bit of Chinese watercolour - I'm quite pleased with this page.

But on the whole, my sketchbooks aren't much to show - I prefer to be left alone for a few hours with proper watercolour paper and paint in order to do the job properly. Most of the preparation for my paintings is done in my head - I feel over-sketching a subject makes the final painting tired and lacking in spontaniety. Just my personal view and way of working - I'd probably fail the current GCSE or A level due to lack of back-up work....

6 comments:

natural attrill said...

Oh how nice to see these Caroline! i really like sketchbook work, esp your last page with the sparrows.
Penny

fhiona galloway said...

these are fab sketches Caroline-especially like the peas.
I have a moleskin too but I can't get round to doing things in it either-I feel same as you-sketches have to be worthy :0)

Magpie Magic said...

Lovely sketches. :-) You're too hard on yourself!

I've just been to an A Level art show and looked at lots of sketch/project books, and I know what you mean about planning most of your work in your head. I've always been like that - visualising paintings in my head before I get it down on paper. It's even worse now I use a computer to paint.

Saying that, the sketch books themselves were works of art and often more interesting to look at than the finished art work.

Laura said...

Thank you for showing us these, Caroline. It' great to see your sketches. The peas are really good!

Sallie said...

I love the sketches. As Magpie Magic said, I think you are too hard on yourself. You are very talented.

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