Up early drawing breakfast

sketch of toastI am up bright and early as it is a long weekend and we are busy! We hope to go out, Jerry with his camera and me with sketchbook but the garden needs a bit of work, we are seeing some friends and there is the usual  weekend fruit and vegetable market to go to. So today it is my breakfast that got sketched. I eat multi grain bread you know the sort, it’s healthy and when you look at it if looks full of bird seeds that get stuck in your teeth.

This sketch was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook but this time I used a dip pen, some sepia ink and watercolour paint. As usual click on the image to see a larger version.

Some rambling thoughts on the size of the sketchbook I am using:

I am rethinking the size of my next journal. This journal is 5.5 x 8.5 (approximately A5) and for many of these drawings I have to draw across the centre fold and I don’t really like it. Many sketchers do it and it means you can carry a smaller sketchbook with you when you venture outside to draw. This particular size fits in a hand bag easily so it can be carried everywhere. I had thought that if I used this size and sketched across the page spread for a month or so I would get over it. I think when this sketchbook is full I will go back to the way I used to do use A5 journals, which is to draw on one side of the page and write on another.

Over the weekend I will take with me a larger sketchbook. I always feel that a A4 ( 8 x 11 inches) sketchbook can look a bit pretentious but I am going to give it a go and see if my drawing on location sketches can be improved. I was trained to draw from the shoulder standing at a easel so small sketchbooks that force me to draw from the wrist make me feel tight and cramped. What happens is, I go to draw the line of a bridge or something in a good strong line and then I hit the centre of the book have to lift my pen and continue the line. To be honest it drives me mad! I am always thinking about it.

I have decided that I gave it a good honest try, not once or twice but for a block of time and drawing across a double page spread regularly is not me. Perhaps I will come back to it occasionally and see if I feel differently, but I think it is going to be one of my quirky traits.  So this weekend when out and about I am going to test using a larger A4 (8 x 11 inches) size sketchbook as I have been doing Liz Steel’s Sketching now course and the last few lessons involve sketching outside. I usually use one sketchbook at a time as I like things in chronological order (another topic I will no doubt natter on about some day) so I will see how I go.

Oh I do chatter over my breakfast…I would love to know how others choose the size of their sketchbook as little things like this can stall and annoy someone and I will not improve without practice. Leave a comment as I am curious…Ok I will be off and get on with my day.

This sketch was prompted by #295 on the  EDM challenge list it reads: Draw some toast. This is also a prompt for another facebook group called A sketch a Day which for day 18 suggests we draw something that starts with the letter T.

Drawing the everyday again

sketch of an iron on ironing boardOnce again my day is quite mundane as I busy myself for the long weekend. It is Australia day this weekend so Monday is a public holiday. I hope to get out an about a bit. So it is the last of weeks jobs yes ironing! As I write this it is yet to do. Yes…shuffles in an embarrassed manner I sat and sketched my ironing board. You see … I was a little bit excited as this is the 31st drawing for the month. During this month I have done a good amount of sketching practice as result of the 3 for 5 day art challenge so I have posted more drawings than anticipated. I am almost tempted to do a 360 challenge but not sure yet I might keep drawing for another month and see if I can keep up with the pace. I have plenty of ideas as I have drawing 3 challenges that are dishing out prompts. My own brain is working too. I know that sounds a bit of shock but I am beginning to see possible drawing subjects and everyday type prompts everywhere!

Once again click on the image to see a larger version. This sketch was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook using artist pitt pens and watercolour paint.This is also #28 on the  EDM challenge list as it reads Draw an appliance.

Cute yellow watering can

drawing of cute watering canThis cute yellow watering can I purchased last week. It is totally useless because it hold too little water but I liked it and to be honest I will probably get Jerry to punch a few holes in the base and I will put a plant in it or some bulbs and sit it on the front step in Spring. No doubt it will weather and the paint will flake but it will still look interesting then too. But before it ages I decided to draw it. I added one of my gardening gloves. I think I will draw both of them as it presented an interesting shape and the leather texture was a bit of challenge.

Once again this was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook using artist pitt pens and watercolour paint.This is also #301 on the  EDM challenge list as it reads Draw something cute. That is what it is …

…and after the challenge …she cleaned!

drawing of cleaning suppliesOK people can have a chuckle at this. With doing the 5 day challenge my house was a mess. So today my sketch is what I was using to do my  cleaning. As I stopped to sketch these I thought you cant get more mundane that this but anything is suitable to sketch as practice. It does not have to be particularly deep and meaningful. Some people feel that art has to be serious but I think to represent everyday life is OK. The shapes in these items made me stop, look and draw which is what a drawing exercise needs to be.

I have to admit that after racing about doing 3 sketches a day doing 1 is a relief! Best of all it feels much easier to find the time to do it. I know it is not a great piece but at least I did it!

This was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook using artist pitt pens and watercolour paint. I must admit drawing across the middle of the sketchbook is beginning to annoy me. I think when I finish this one I will use a larger size as I often feel cramped. The advantage of this size (5.5 x 8.5 inches or approximately A5) is that it fits in my hand bag and it is easily carried around. I have used this size journal a lot for that reason but I have to admit I often feel cramped. An A4 size is very large to fit in a bag. So I swing back and forth between the two sizes depending on my mood.

This topic is also #263 on the  EDM challenge list which reads Draw your favourite cleaning supply – well I am not sure there is anything favourite about cleaning stuff but this is what I was using this morning.  For those interested the Every Day Matters drawing challenge has a Facebook page where people share photos of what they have been sketching.