This drawing is a fair few years old, I can’t put an exact date on the drawing but the sketchbook it was in had various artefacts in from when my eldest son was a baby so it from before 2010.
For me learning has always been about taking notes, and that are to the point and personal. That is how I did my A-levels and then the first year of university where I continued to do chemistry. In Ceramics I kept notebooks full of clay and glaze tests seeing how things worked and from there making decisions.
Same with sketchbooks, I now have so many sketchbooks filled with pages and pages of drawings and really they are about me and how it is that I learn.
Painting still life is an accessible way to start learning how to paint, I tend towards packaging as it is something that comes and goes through the house, on swatches of different coloured fabrics to just add some interest to what the object is sat on.
There is a lot to consider on a packet from colours, to type and logos and so on. I’m not looking at painting with realism though, I just want it to be fast and fluid and describe a level of energy to my painting.
Nothing like a sweet treat
they are delicious
The box is bright and colourful
I want to get back to painting in acrylic too
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Cleveleys is close by only being the next town over from Fleetwood and only a short trip on the tram. And has quite a few buildings with character.
I love how blocks of buildings can be so different in Blackpool, all built at different times to different specifications, and some going through a variety of transformations over the years. They don’t fit but that’s what adds to the charm for me. If everything was the same it would just be a massive boring block of Meh.
A3 watercolour drawing with Posca marker and Lamy Safari on white card
The worst kept secret about me is that my wife is from Scotland, so introduced me to a lot of different Scottish foods over the years some good, some potent ways to do yourself a mischief. From Killie Pies, to tablet or a loaf of Mother’s Pride Scottish Plain loaf. But none of these other things compares to a Tunnock’s teacake, chocolate shell hiding gooey marshmallow and a soft biscuit later at the bottom.
They are amazing and every time I see one I want to eat it. They are a favourite in our house and don’t stay in the cupboards for very long.
Is May and as I write this the new Obi Wan Kenobi series has been released and I am excited to watch it, and am staying away from social media until I have had chance to watch it with my other half after she gets home from work this evening.
Star Wars was a pivotal point in my teenage years it made me want to draw, to paint, for many years it was my passion, it is my teenage drawings that going me accepted to many different courses after I initially went to university to study chemistry.
I still want to be good at drawing and painting to live up to those teenage dreams of working on a Star Wars film. I want to keep painting.
Even when I was doing a degree in ceramics I would write about painters, I would go on trips to look at landscape painting and illustration. My jumping point for ceramics was always painting as a frustrated painter, want to be able to draw better and for years I painted and drew and kept it to myself.
I will keep going but it can be hard at times, frustrating but I’m getting better and I will keep painting and drawing.
These two watercolours are probably my favourite Star Wars things I’ve painted this month, and they are available in my shop for sale, Luke’s Landspeeder and Rebel Snowspeeder
My wife grew up in Scotland and moved down south for University when we were dating and we ended up living in Lancashire by the seaside. We have a family of our own here, but when we go back to visit my in-laws we often take a day trip out to Largs.
Yes it is by the sea but it is very different place to Fleetwood. I like it there, it is calm and quiet. That is when the Viking festival isn’t running, we did go one year to see the re-enactment of Vikings battling it out on the Promenade.
Another family favourite especially for my nephew and my children is riding the ferry to Cumbrae. It is a short journey but they love it.