Seasonal Shift

Seasonal Shift

Vivid green summer trees I remember thinking that I would only be inspired by the winter trees in their stark silhouetted arrangements and I was happy to see my daily sketches as a winter and early spring pastime. I have not previously felt drawn to respond to summer...
Woodland page timelapse

Woodland page timelapse

Painted pages in my woodland accordion book Here below is a timelapse of one of the pages in the larger accordion sketchbooks I finished. Inky layers and fine brushes, building marks over marks and layer by layer.   There is something about the imperfection of...
Creating Texture on Painted Pages

Creating Texture on Painted Pages

The raised texture on sketchbook page using gesso and gloss medium With limited supplies, it is possible to get inventive. I like contrasts between watery inky layers and raised texture – all building a rich surface across each page. I found the perfect...
Book as Sculpture

Book as Sculpture

Page edges create images of their own I have created a few accordion books in the past – mostly handmade from scratch. Small and imperfect with simple imagery flowing across the folded pages. One thing I love about these current woodland books (both from...
Painted Pages and Fine Details

Painted Pages and Fine Details

Gestural brushstrokes in ink and fluid acrylic As shown in a previous post, I start the layers in these pages with big gestural brush marks. Creating shapes and movements which build layer by layer. When working on cradled board in my studio, in recent years my...
Gathering Inspiration

Gathering Inspiration

Twisted tree trunks and branches – pencil on paper It is impossible to capture every detail of a landscape in a sketch. Whether drawing from harbour walls, a panoramic landscape or seascape, or in this case the woodland interior, I can only respond to a fraction...
Woodland Accordion Book

Woodland Accordion Book

In late winter and maybe two months into our longest lockdown, I finished my first Woodland Accordion Book. I don’t finish sketchbooks very often, mainly because I have so many on the go at once. I go from one to the other depending on the subject, materials and scale...
Tabletop Studio

Tabletop Studio

First inky layers on gessoed pages I am very lucky to have a studio away from home where I can create larger pieces and make as much mess. One thing though – it is freezing in winter. So, it was not too much of a sacrifice to work from home during the months of...
Drawn to Trees

Drawn to Trees

Moleskine and Blackwing Pencil sketch As the weather warmed up, I began taking my sketchbook and my favourite pencil and doing a quick(ish) drawing each time I walked there. I have drawn outside with all sorts of materials in the past, but time and time again I come...
A New Pathway

A New Pathway

Winter trees – haunting guardians It has been a joy to explore the small area of woodland when I could only venture a short way from home due to lockdown and physical restrictions. Walking there a few times a week, it is a corner of our area that is so beautiful...
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