Paints and pomegranates


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.

Here there be dragons


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!


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.