My drawing adventures in my ‘hair’ journal (see previous post) has inspired me to draw more lately, but I was looking for some variation in subject matter. It prompted me to dig out my everyday matters books (weekly drawing challenges on various topics) & I have done a few entries. When I opened my book – I saw that the topic I was up to was BUTTONS – I LEAPED at the chance to draw some – vintage buttons being on of my ‘can’t live withouts’ The pic above is of some absolutely divine ones gifted to me by my precious art friend Connie – they are just about the best gift I have ever recieved! AND they are green!! WOOO HOOO. I haven’t been able to take them off the card to use one, as I love them so much as a unit, but they will either end up on the front of a book – or as a focal point of a piece of art – they are TREASURE to be sure! Then there’s the view from my kitchen window – as moving gets more inevidable – I am feeling a bit more sentimental about all things related to this home, so it was nice to draw my neighbours appartment – and THEN on to another great love – I have, over many years had the children buy me artist pencils as they were growing up – no manky half dead chrysanthymns for me for mother’s day – my bunch of flowers was always a bunch of pencils! Consequently, I have all of the Albrcht Durer watercolour pencils (still favs. for travelling & small projects) & some lovely other pencils. Through doing workshops & classes with international teachers, I have been introduced to a whole other raft of products that aren’t widely available here. Misty introduced me to the Stabilo Marks All black (which we struggle to get here in Oz) – I use it in just about every piece of work I do – I have literally gone to our art shops and drawn line after line with all of the aquarble black pencils – but NOTHING compares to these. The black is like SUMI ink (luv it) DJ introduced me to the divine Caran d Ache LUMINANCE coloured pencils OH MY GOODNESS – it’s like drawing with butter – I only have a hand ful (precious gift from darlings Beks & Connie for Christmas) & they are like gold! I have also included my fav. ‘drawing’ as opposed to rendering pencil – the Col-erase pencils by PRISMACOLOR – I use these instead of a graphite pencil when drawing – mostly only the black, brown & blue – because they don’t smudge on the page. You know that ‘grey haze’ you get over a drawing when you work back & forth over it with your hand? You don’t have any of that with these pencils – AND they rub out! Which is comforting for fledglings! I threw in the Derwent Inktense – as they are nice too.
The snake looks TOTALLY dodgy – it was ok – until I did the NEXT page & then it needed MAJOR repairs, when the marker from the pencil page, bled through, & I had raspberry mottled all over my lovely snake!