Paints and pomegranates

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What a long, strange week it’s been. But enough about me.

Tuesday’s sketchjournal entry was really just playtime with a couple of colours I bought to celebrate the prettiness of the frosty autumnal weather: a half pan of dioxazine (Winsor Violet) watercolour and a tube of gold gouache. The scan doesn’t capture the shimmer, but I fell in love with the warm, pearlescent purple created by mixing the two.


I emptied out the student-grade watercolours from a lightweight Cotman box and squeezed gouache into the half pans: much faster and easier for sketching and journalling than having to faff around with the tubes every time, and my Winsor & Newton Designer’s Gouache seems to rewet pretty well.


As you can see, I decided to forget the ubiquitous pumpkin today and celebrate the fact that it’s pomegranate season. Pen, watercolour & gouache in Canson watercolour book.

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Here there be dragons

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As usual, you can click on the images to see them “in big”, but I’ve copied out my rambling notes for those of you not inclined to incline …

1 April 2007 DRAGON FRUIT ~ I bought this tropical fruit (PITAYA) at the supermarket today, fascinated by its wacky bright pink colour and twisty, spiky, greenish-yellow scales. It cost £2.29! This is not an April Fool’s joke.

2 April 2007 ~ The unexpected insides of the dragon fruit. Quite juicy, with a subtle flavour, like kiwi fruit without the sweetness.

Pen & watercolour in hand*book journal.

The OPs are out!

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These are oil pastel quickies in my 6×9″ Daler-Rowney Ingres pad. The first took 30 mins, and is my response to EDM Challenge #90: Draw something with wings. The wings are made of wire. She’s an angel ornament that belonged to my grandmother, who died in January aged 96.

Challenge #90 is to Draw a piece of fruit, so I drew three. My pears took 30-40 mins, and I could have worked them further, but decided I liked the texture of the paper showing through. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to sketch from life, though I often use reference photos for more considered paintings.