Thursday, 6 June 2013

It's not just black and white...

Sketch 70 of 75 - an aptly coloured animal for today's post!

If you popped by on Monday when I posted about my new series of illustrations called Big Skies, Little Planet, you'll know that today I had intended to have a few more designs completed. If you didn't read Monday's post, then you might be wondering what I'm talking about and, so that you're in the picture for the rest of this post, might I be so bold as to suggest you pop back to catch up:

                    Big Skies, Little Planet

'As the sun sets on another perfect day' - The world isn't just black and white!

Well, today has been an exercise in futility, wasted time, ink, paint and watercolour postcards all due to a complete lack of patience on my part (despite what I said previously about patience being an essential requirement for these little illustrations) which led me to creating 3 more designs which I then proceeded to ruin because I was too impatient to wait for the paint spatters to dry between colours and ended up with 3 muddy little pictures instead of what I had in mind. 

So I ripped them up and redrew them. I got as far as outlining the illustrations in Indian ink before calling it a night and deciding to wait until tomorrow to try again with the painting part - hopefully, I'll have more time and more patience and might achieve the desired effect this time.

This is where I'm at with them at the moment:

'As the stream trickled down from the hills' 

'As the last rays of the sun warmed the fields'


'As the fog rolled in'

I wanted to give each illustration a title that sounded like it might be a line from a story, leaving it open to interpretation as to what might happen next.

In other news, I'm very pleased to report that I sold 1 of the pictures ('Party Line')that I put into the charity art show last weekend. 

Also, I think I maybe mentioned a while back that I volunteered to be the secretary for the Society of Caithness Artists and we had a meeting on Monday to discuss the annual open art exhibition - this is the 78th year it's been run and it's quite exciting to be a part of it this year.  It'll be on from 23 July to 3 August and Prince Charles even puts in a couple of his paintings each year. Rumour has it that some years he even turns up in person.  I'm not much of a royalist but that's got to be good publicity for the show all the same!

Anyway, I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and want to say a massive thanks to everyone who pops by from there or anywhere else in blogland each week to leave such lovely comments - I really do appreciate every one of them and will endeavour, as always, to visit everyone over the weekend. 

35 comments:

  1. wow, that amazing for an art show to have such history, I would love to se e entries from 78 years ago, just to see how the art has changed, I love the simplicity of the new series, and then names given do make room for interpretation, lovely,
    and such a beautiful Zebra, have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Congrats on selling your painting! And I'm actually quite glad to hear you came up with muddy pics and lost patience while waiting for paint to dry. Makes me feel better about my own impatience and disastrous days. The little village paintings and drawings are lovely. I'm glad you're doing narrative-type titles -- I love illustration and narrative art. As for your zebra, it's the mostly lovely rear-end I've seen all day. The zebra looks a bit amazed that you were able to capture it in 25 minutes.

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  3. it will be a huge thrill to be part of the art show, and how wonderful that there is such an active local arts community... very cool... but more than anything I am glad there is someone else out there who ruins work by being to impatient to wait for paint layers to dry!!!

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  4. Congrats on your art selling!
    Sweet zebra, and I like the little rolling hills, houses , sheep cards too! HPPF!

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  5. The little houses and the titles are super cute And how awesome it is to be part of that art show! I would not mind to see Prince Charles, but I would much prefer to see Harry :oD
    Congrats on the selling!

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  6. So glad you sold one of your paintings. The arts community sounds wonderful where you are, inspiration all around x

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  7. Congrats on being part of such a wonderful show- and prestigious too, Love love your zebra.Happy PPF.

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  8. Patience is the hardest thing when you have a fabulous idea! I love your new paintings and I love the titles you've chosen. Imagine if prince charles bought one of your paintings from the exhibition!!!

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  9. wow looks like you are creatively busy. Well done. Beautiful creations and beautiful not black and white Zebra. Patience is a big lesson for me too, so I know exactly what you meant. Thank you for sharing and wishing you lovely and creative week.

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  10. I'm loving the drawings, Nic! Congrats on the sale and hope the planning for the annual art exhibition goes well. :)

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  11. Congrats on the show, sounds exciting! Yeah, I often wish there was an "undo"-button in real life! Love your WIP illustrations and their cute titles!:)

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  12. Congrats on selling your painting Nic! That's great news. Your three little sketches look like the start of a wonderful new series and I will look forward to seeing the progress. How exciting to be involved with the organisation of the art exhibition. it would be great to meet Prince Charles if he popped in!

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  13. I am also SO guilty of impatience!! I have ruined so many things because of it! Why don't you devote one day to drawing lots of them, the next day painting the first layers of all of them and the following day to finish them? That way you are always working on them but they are getting plenty of time to dry between layers.
    Congratulations on the sale by the way! :0)

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  14. Love the illustrations already. congrats on selling one of your artworks! way to go!

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  15. Yay for you!!! There is so much wonderful stuff going on in your life these days.

    Ahh, the patience part of painting. It's the toughest bit. The only thing that keeps me from ruining still wet paintings is to physically remove my self from their presence until it's safe. Can't wait to see these finished... (which very clearly illustrates our problem, doesn't it?).

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  16. Your sketches are wonderful and the idea of the titles leading in to a story is a great idea. Hope this set turns out to your liking. Happy PPF

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  17. Lovely illustrations...and titles for your illustrations! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  18. LOVE your zebra and your new sketches! HPPF!

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  19. Congrats on your sale Nic! Your zebra is so sweet. You give your animal art such expressive qualities. yes, I did see your post on your landscape illustrations and I love em! Happy PPF!

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  20. I love this post Nic, I think we all have days where things don't go to plan and it is great to know you worked through it, it's often best to leave things for a while,and return afresh. your zebra is gorgeous. I'm so pleased you are to be part of the Caithness exhibition, they are very lucky to have your talent involved.

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  21. I LOVE your zebra and especially love your darling little houses. Oh so cute and cozy!! :)

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  22. I did go back and read your post. I love your inspiration for the new series and think the paintings are wonderful. Congratulations on your sale. You must have been very excited.

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  23. Love your zebra, Nic. And I am looking forward to seeing more of the big sky little planet pieces with flicks of color.

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  24. That Zebra is wonderful, like the way he is looking back, congrats on selling your work. Love the little planet series cant wait to see more. Glad to know someone else\ messes up with too much impatience.

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  25. I love all your little landscapes, especially the one with the rock fence and sheep. I hate it when I have days like the one you just described. Blessings!

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  26. That zebra is great. I love the little planet pieces. THey are so charming. You are off to a great start. Congrats on your sale!

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  27. Love your landscape and little houses. Congrats on the sale. Your zebra is just awesome.

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  28. Love the new works! I would be terribly impatient as well. I'd never get them done. Congrats on selling a piece! I went over and looked and it was an awesome piece! I really liked it!

    And the Zebra?? Amazing. He kind of looks like a bobble head. And I love it.

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  29. The little scenes are delightful! I love them! I can understand your impatience (I tend to that as well), but you probably learned to wait (giggle) through that experience, so your time was not wasted (always take a look at the bright side...).
    Excellent news about the art show - good luck with it!

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  30. To be part of the art show, must be wonderful ... I love the small art pieces with those awesome scenes :)

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  31. Congratulations on selling your painting. Love these little houses, so sweet.

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  32. Congratulations on your sale of Party Line! And I love how that Zebra is looking back at the viewer.

    I also really like your line drawings on their own. They have such simple, yet elegant lines.

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  33. Oh how exciting being involved in that!! I think it would be exciting if Charles turned up or the kids...wink wink.... I loved Diana.... Canada is in the common wealth so they visit here on occasion!

    Love your new art...so fun...I'm thinking childrens book....wonderful...you could write one on being a vegetarian... wonder how that would go over.....

    Have a great week....
    Hugs Giggles

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  34. I LOVE this series and the titles just make your beautiful illustrations complete. I think most of us can identify with the patience thing. It's so hard to wait sometimes and then...aw it's overworked or whatever. I have lots of experience with this. Happy belated PPF! - xo, janice

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