….thanks to Becky B for hosting BrightSquare https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/04/05/bright-square-5/
….it was actually very grey today but a sunny day for my art
Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and I really enjoyed sketching it yesterday. Today I decided to draw another one but add some collage and colour. I started with the pieces of text collage and then I sketched the flower over it. I added the colour with Tombow markers and at the end I glued down the hummingbird that I had in my collage paper pile.
I had a very productive evening and also painted another floral abstract on watercolour paper but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow in case I don’t get to my art table.
…thanks to Becky B for hosting Square Perspective Challenge
Becky and I have chosen similar themes today; different perspectives of flowers but mine is a little simpler….. from a few feet back to a close-up of one bloom.
….thanks to Leanne Cole for hosting the 30 Day at Home Challenge
On Day 5 we were asked to take indoor portrait photos. Seeing that I’m not seeing anyone these days and that my husband doesn’t like it when I take his photo I’ve gone into the archives of recent photos and found these. One is a selfie and the other is my granddaughter, who I miss very much.
….I picked up my inks and pens for this one
On Creative Bug there are numerous daily creative challenges for all kinds of art and craft projects. I usually go to the drawing and painting section but I have used some of their knitting patterns and DIY projects. I went back to one of my favourite artists on Creative Bug, Lisa Congdon for her 31 Days of Drawing and Painting with Ink Challenge.
For today’s creative project I chose to paint Barnacles. You start with a light layer of ink and then add lines in a pattern that resembles a barnacle. It is very meditative.
Thanks to All About Words for hosting The 30 Day Creativity Challenge
….thanks to Granny Shot It for hosting the Eleven Day Hallowe’en Photo Challenge
….after 4 days with Mom and Papa we decided to give the girls a break
Today Kevin and I ventured out on our own while Andrea and Josie did their own thing. We got on the Tube and made our way to the Bloomsbury District of London. The Tube by the way is the name of London’s subway system because it is shaped like a tube.
- The Underground is divided into nine zones: central London is covered by zone 1.
- There are 11 Tube lines.
- The Tube fare depends on how far you travel, time of day, and how you pay.
The Underground platforms lie anywhere from 41m to 58m below street level. The longest escalator at the Angel station is 60 m or 200 ft. long. All day long the PA system sends out PSAs warning people about the dangers on the escalators and advising commuters to keep to the right side.
The first stop we made on this day was at the British Museum. We were there in the middle of the week and so were hundreds of school children. This museum was built in 1753 and is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture.
Some of the objects that we saw included Japanese art forms from Manga cartoons to wood cut prints and sculptures made from clay, bronze and glass.
We also visited the Iraq display where we saw the Cyrus Cylinder.
We passed on seeing the Rosetta Stone because there was a class of children in the line ahead of us and my husband just wanted to leave at that point. We made our way across the street and decided to grab some lunch at a pub.
One of our biggest disappointments in London was the lack of independent pubs. Many of the pubs belong to a chain called Greene King and when you walk into one it is pretty obvious that it is part of the chain. It seems they all have the same menu and alcohol selection. The first one we ate in was situated across the street from the museum. The food was good but later during our trip we found it difficult to find a pub with a different menu.
Around the block from the pub we discovered this wonderful art gallery called the Contemporary Ceramic Centre. We were immediately drawn to the window by the display of Sophie Favre’s figurative sculptures. At the front and back of the gallery dozens of her animated sculptures greeted us with their human-like qualities.
These creatures certainly brought a smile to my face.
….thanks to Becky B for hosting September Squares
I was tickled pink when I found this lovely vase in the museum.
….this comes from the first prompt of the new year long course that I am taking with Carla Sonheim
Threading lightly is a technique where you run cotton thread through wet watercolour and randomly lay it onto paper and press it with a brayer. We could leave it as an abstract piece or look for a shape within. I decided to find a shape and discovered this quirky duck. Tomorrow or later in the week I’m going to try this technique with ink and perhaps try a landscape.
….the lovely Becca Givens from On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea invited me to join the Seven Day Nature Challenge
On day 5 I’m inviting anyone who likes to take nature photos to join the challenge. Today’s photo was taken late yesterday afternoon when the sun was low in the sky, bathing everything in it’s beautiful golden light. Also high in the sky the moon was making an early appearance.