Tuesday, 15 November 2011

More pages from my sketchbook

Thank you for all the positive comments about the Mac, I'm getting there. Meanwhile I am loving my new amount of S P A C E and putting time in on my creative sketchbook course.  
I am working on collage and adding photographs to pages. Not quite happy with this page yet - may work on it some more.


Meanwhile I am enjoying drawing. Here are two studies I did of onions.  The first is done with Inktense watercolour pencils on watercolour paper, the second with the same pencils on cartridge paper.



Below is another double page spread from my sketchbook exploring the making of pickles and chutneys. I have integrated a photograph and the middle jar is a cut-out. 

I am still working on the page that will show through the window.
It has surprised me out find how inhibited I still am in working on these pages.  The course encourages you to go back and rework pages if you feel it is needed, to supplement one way of working with another.  I don't know why my inhibitions and purist ways are so deeply entrenched - but I suppose I was brought up believing that there was 'proper' way of doing something and that had to be mastered. Going back to rework a piece always felt like cheating for some reason - even though I know it isn't.  I am looking forward to reworking some of my other projects especially the 'Walled Garden' which started so well and fizzled out through loss of direction.  I hope that I shall be able to apply what I have learned here to revitalise some of that book.


Next week I am doing a day's workshop with Gina Ferrari of Fan My Flame fame which I am SO looking forward to.  It will be a real treat to use my sewing machine under Gina's guidance.  If you have never visited her blog please do so, she is a very talented lady. I have missed working on textiles for a while, but hope everything will come together eventually.  However I have to remind myself that I am only doing all of this for fun and no one is going to call me to account.

Thank you all who take time to comment,  I love to read what you have to say. It is great to be able to view all of my followers again, the number has been hovering around the 145 number for a while with people coming and going.  As it approaches 150 I feel a give-away coming on, so watch this space.

11 comments:

Printed Material said...

Beautiful sketchbooks as ever Jill. You have such an eye for colour. Can't wait to see what you do with Gina next week.Good to see all the fun and excitement your courses are generating.

Iz said...

Love the onion pages and the depth of colour - particularly the page with the added photo. Have fun with Gina and your sewing machine next week!

Cynthia Eloise said...

i like the blue tea pages. maybe a little more writing to finish it.

Clare said...

Beautiful sketch book - I love the colours and the different techniques you have used. I love the 'Tea' page, I think it would make a great painting. This art thing is so exciting isn't it - it always gets my heart a beating!

Menopausalmusing said...

Beautiful, beautiful blue pages.......... I had to click on them to get a closer look. Bet you are excited about meeting Gina "in the flesh"......... I would be! What fun you will have!

Ali H said...

Love your pages & admire you having the courage to draw - I would love to but am very inhibited at actually putting pen to paper !! Looking forward to seeing more of your chutney pages - I have a shelf full of pumpkin & chilli chutney I made last month - you've inspired me to scrap or journal it in some way !!!

Emma said...

Lovely pages & your room looks well set out - you'll get used to it! Maybe using 'the one' sketchbook, the one to show the class progress in, is a bit intimidating - do you have a 'warm up' one just for your eyes? It's so difficult to know which one to work in 'for real'!

Eileen said...

Lovely work again Jill.

I find these pages so inspiring that I think I am going to have to start in my own small way trying to make my photo log more interesting and alive. I like the double page spreads a lot. Love the blue one at the top but can see that you might want to work on it a little more. To my eye the photograph of the pot and the writing on the left don't feel quite integrated with each other or the rest of the image. Of course they may look quite different in real. The bottom spread works for me on every level.

Amelia said...

wow, wow, wow! I definitely love the idea of going back and working on something in a different way :)

Lucky you doing a workshop with Gina :)

Amelia.x

Gina said...

It was lovely to have you in the class yesterday Jill... you were so productive. Hope you had fun. And it was wonderful to see your sketchbook for real - so inspiring.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Loving all the artwork in this post Jill, the colours are wonderful! x