Monday, 16 April 2012

Sketch Book Days

Weather has been a problem over the last week. At present the days lurch from bright spells to rain and hail. Lengthy sessions are difficult when that is the case so the answer is to grab the opportunities given by the occasional breaks in the nasty bits. One disadvantage I find when working in these conditions is that I tend to hurry and not take as much care with my drawing as I would in more benign conditions. Whilst not my best work these sketches have provided a chance to wet brushes before I head off to Venice on Thursday.

The first two were done yesterday when I went out with two artists that I met after signing up to the Plein Air Group on Facebook. They are both accomplished artists and worth looking up on the net. Their names are Colin Joyce and Pete Dimmock. We didn't have a lot of time and our efforts were interrupted by the aforementioned weather pattern.

Bridges - Watercolour on Not paper 11"x 8"

The above is a complicated subject that really needs some time spent to produce a sound drawing and I'll have to think about returning to try and do it justice.

Seaburn - Watercolour on Not paper 11" x 8"

With this one I was interested in the changeable sky with grey clouds starting to gather. I remembered too late some advice I was given about avoiding painting in feet with the obvious result of my poorly drawn effort.

The last picture was done while waiting to meet a couple of friends for lunch in Durham. The sun was out so I sat for an hour in the Market Place and made a few passes with brush.

Market Place - Watercolour on Not paper 11" x 8"


Ray Maclachlan said...

The bridges are a difficult subject, maybe a side on view would help. The subject in the second is really walking, that is very hard to portray. Forget about the feet, I didn't notice. Really like the last. Just feels like the sun is shining. You have captured the main elements of the scene.

Nora MacPhail said...

Looks like you've done lots of sketching and you'll be ready for your trip. Have a fantabulous time!

Mick Carney said...

Ray - Bridges are difficult and they deserve a concentrated effort. Thanks for your kind comments. I like the last one best in that it does communicate feeling of light and the mounted figure isn't too bad either.

Mick Carney said...

Nora - All packed and heading off tomorrow.

Peter Ward said...

Some pretty good efforts there Mick. I'm still gnashing my teeth over how to handle those damned chairs.

Have a great time in Venice.

Mick Carney said...

Peter- Thanks. I haven't looked at the chairs yet. Hopefully I'll be in form when I get back from Venice.