Wednesday, November 03, 2010


I'm shattered! It was my favourite cup and now it is no more, shattered too on the kitchen floor! However, it does go to show why drawing everyday things is such a good idea. I'm glad I recorded it while I had the chance.

Two things about this drawing - one that it should have had a shadow. Maybe I will still get around to doing that. Secondly, I never, never, take a photo and convert to black and white to see the values. Odd, perhaps, since I don't have anything against shortcuts but this one, for some reason, is something I feel is just wrong. I think it's up to the artist to dictate how they want the image to appear, and how they want the values. I was though, just this once, almost tempted. Because when I was drawing this, I couldn't decide which of the colours was darker - the teal or the brown. As I was throwing the broken cup away, I thought 'this is the last chance to find out'...but no, I still couldn't bring myself to do it!

I drew both of these in 2006. Funny to think how much life has changed, how much I have changed, since then! I've hardly drunk any tea since then either - I love it, but it doesn't love me! Oh well, the quest for the new one begins and I'll enjoy that!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Turk's Turban

A strange name and a strange looking object. This is actually an edible squash - although I seriously doubt this one is now, given how long I took over it! I started it a few weeks ago but I've been in the grip of a quilting bug so I put it to one side while I was sewing. I had a plan to move my watercolours into Paul's room while he was at university and keep the quilting and painting separate, but that didn't work out. Paul's room is very cold this time of year so eventually, after putting one of my quilts together, I brought the paints back into my messy room. It may be a little too bright, being south facing, but at least it's warm during the day, and bearable!

This was painted on Saunders Waterford paper, which is my favourite, but not the Fat Pad this time but a block. I don't know if it's just me being very picky, but the two papers seem quite different. The paper in the Fat Pad seems smoother and this has just a touch more grain. I didn't mind this except for the shadow which I wanted to have a smoother look.

I mostly used only four colours here - Schmincke's Translucent Yellow and Translucent Orange, and Sennelier's Cadmium Red Light and Sap Green. I used Sennelier's Manganese Violet mixed with a little French Ultramarine for the shadow and then I added some touches with Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils just to enhance the top and the bumpy surface and smooth the shadow.