Did I mention it on this blog that I moved earlier this year? Another reason why I haven’t been drawing as much, since it took me a lot of time to get settled. But now I’ve settled in, and this is part of a display I have in my kitchen window.
I started this drawing back in April, but wasn’t happy with how it turned out and just left it unfinished. Then in June I wanted to draw, but didn’t have any ideas and realised that I should probably finish this. It was just as well as I did, because I think this is one of my most best-looking drawings for this year.
June 22nd 2017.
This has been the year when I’ve been drawing a lot of flowers. In June I added this lotus flower to my collection.
June 17th 2017.
We made a return visit to Gubbens trädgård café. Of course it started to rain just as we got there, but we managed to find seats beneath shelter so we could sketch.
I drew another wall display, this time a basket with flowers. The drawing turned out entirely too big, but I was too lazy to start over and scale it down. Instead I focused on the colouring and creating texture. The metal parts turned out fancy.
Then for fun, I just did a quick and messy sketch of the ice tea I had ordered.
One of the members of my Urban Sketchers-group does pen drawings without the use of pencil before, to practise. I decided to follow his example, using a fruit bowl in our staff room for some loose inspiration. The bowl ended up all misshapen, but it was an interesting experiment.
June 2nd 2017.
We have this pretty lamp in our staff room that I decided to draw during my break. Perspective ended up a bit skewed, but I like the texture in the image.
May 31st 2017.
We’ve got lots of parks in my city, but one of the most beautiful is Strömparken. The city has made a stream for the salmon to procreate within and I drew part of this stream, with one of the small islands rising up out of it. I’m really happy with how this sketch turned out.
But it was a miracle that I finished. It kept starting to rain, only to stop when we decided to move, only to start raining again five minutes later. There was just no winning!
June 25th 2017.
My favourite flower is probably orchids, and my Phalenopsis was blossoming beautifully back when I drew this. I think the bottom part with the buds are probably the part that I think turned out most nicely. The colouring ended up really well.
April 27th 2017.
Thought I was done with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Hardly! I have plenty of more ideas to draw for this fandom. But the second drawing I did was of Credence Barebone, who looks a bit too happy to be him, I’ll admit. The hair also makes me wince, but I do think it’s a nice portrait. The shadowing in the face and eyes are really pleasing to me.
April 26th 2017.
For my first meet up with Urban Sketchers during my vacation, we went to this lovely little outdoor café. They have lots of knickknacks that are tempting to sketch. We actually had to venture back and do a second session.
I sketched this display they had on the wall with metal birds and a half-dead flower. The straw things turned out particularly well, I think.
June 18th 2017.
I didn’t technically fininish this during the session, because I got so tired. But I did the sketch there, then coloured it at home. The funniest looking geranium I’ve ever seen!
June 21st 2017.
I found out that my local art museum was offering a water colour class very cheaply, including materials. Since I was supposed to work that evening, I convinced one of my colleagues to switch with me so I could go. She kindly agreed!
We started off just letting primary colours blend into each other to form abstract landscapes.
The one on the left is my second one, where we were supposed to keep the work abstract but go in another direction. The one on the right is from when she showed a simple technique to paint trees.
By using the same technique, I painted a more fanciful tree. I had this oddly shaped brush to work with, but it lent itself well to the exercises and created interesting strokes. I might invest in one for myself…
I miss this medium! It’s so much fun, but I get so lazy in every day life…
April 19th 2017.