Local Heart, Global Soul

April 28, 2020

Fishing Out The Best Card…

This is a drawing of a Birthday card I made back in early January 2020 for a friend’s daughter. The requested theme was “fish”, because the daughter was getting her requested pet: fish! (of the tropical variety of course).

She likes bright colours so the background of the card is orange, I then cut out different coloured paper and card to paste on and fill in the colour of the little fish, bubbles, details on the big fish and the divers suit. All of our family messages were written on the backside of the big fish. (not shown for privacy reasons).

Needless to say there was a LOT of cutting and sticking, especially with the smaller elements. It was all worth it though, she loved her card (and gift of money so that she could choose goldfish to go into her new tank.


(photograph © Kiwidutch)


(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) First fish…


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(Below) Lots of fish!…


(photograph © Kiwidutch)


(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 27, 2020

Drawing To A Close, By The Scenic Route…

This is the last of my little drawing series for a bit…each of these took between a few days and a week for me to complete (I go slow) but I’m pleased to have started again. The book I’m using as a guide is the library book of yesterday’s post; : “Het Complete Tekenboek – Stillevens, Figuurtekenen, Landschappen, Portretten” by Barber Barrington” (Which, depending on how formal you want to translate it, translates as either: The Complete Sketchbook or The Complete Fundamentals of Drawing – Still-life, Figure drawing, Landscape, Portraits, by Barber Barrington).

I like the dark background giving definition to the stuff in the grasses etc in the foreground, in fact it’s probably my favourite part of the drawing.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 26, 2020

Making A Scene-ery…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m branching out in my drawing themes… doing for the first time, a landscape drawing. (I’m not counting the close ups of trees I have drawn).

I had been neglecting my library card for a while, but around six weeks ago when everyone was still allowed “out and about” I passed by the library when I was not in a hurry.

Himself had dropped me off at the supermarket nearby to get a few things, I was going to use the crutches to get home. This would allow me to stretch and get some exercise, but not go past my limits.

As I passed by the library I suddenly thought that it would be better if I had a bit of a rest before the walk home, so turned the few steps back and went inside.

After my rest I decided to check out the Art section because there was a book I’d had out about a year earlier on watercolour, but was not allowed to extend the loan at the time because it was reserved by someone else. I looked for it during subsequent visits, without success.

It was still absent on this visit but I found a different book, one called: “Het Complete Tekenboek – Stillevens, Figuurtekenen, Landschappen, Portretten” by Barber Barrington” (Which, depending on how formal you want to translate it, translates as either: The Complete Sketchbook or The Complete Fundamentals of Drawing – Still-life, Figure drawing, Landscape, Portraits, by Barber Barrington).

It covers a lot of basic drawing techniques very well indeed, but in my opinion it is maybe not for a complete beginner because it lacks more step-by-step examples of simple drawings and jumps rather quickly to rather complex subjects which I think would be too difficult for someone who has never drawn before.

For the rest it’s actually quite impressive so far, given that I’ve not read it completely though yet.

Coronavirus has meant that the library is now closed and the Library has no Book Return slot from the outside so I appear to have won the “Extended Loan Lottery” (hopefully with no fines at the end of this once the library reopens. I went to the Landscape section of the book, and using the image on the page depicted as inspiration, made a (sort of) copy in my sketchbook. I don’t want to make an exact copy, just get ideas and learn different techniques. I used my usual tools… black felt/ink pens in various sizes.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Above): The Art book on the left hand side, my drawing on the right hand side.

(Below): Close-up of my drawing of the log…

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(Below): Compared to the close-up of the log in the book…

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April 25, 2020

Angel Scrolls and Flowing Robes…

My next attempt at improving my drawing skills was an angel: I’m not “into” angels per se but I like the scroll/banner she is holding and I like her flowing robes (This last one, a subject I’d like to explore in more detail in the future). I’m not attempting to copy the picture that’s with it at all, just use it as inspiration while I get used to drawing again.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 24, 2020

Starting Again For Real…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Like many people around the world I am trying to use this lock-down house arrest to learn something new.

Ok, drawing isn’t new to me, but I would like to learn water colour painting, and if my initial sketching efforts are all out of whack, then my watercolour results probably will be too.

I have been sketching the odd tree leaf to some degree or another in the last years (but at three or four semi-complete drawings per year it hardly rates as “getting back into it”).

Pain meds make concentration difficult, make me drowsy and forgetful. Hardly a great combination for forging ahead with anything new. I need a new subject matter to draw.

We have however been listening to endless Coronavirus News bulletins, wanting to keep up with how our country and hospitals are doing, how our neighbouring EU countries are doing (Yes, You, Italy, we have especially thinking about you and send our warmest best wishes), and how the world is doing.

I started to challenge myself to draw every time the News was on.

I’m nowhere near opening a box of watercolours yet, but just going back to one of my favourite mediums; fine-liner black pens, is becoming a comfort.

The first drawing was made early January, and was inspired by a larger picture (I’ll need to look for that, photograph and add it later). As you can see I didn’t get far.

The second drawing was done a couple of weeks ago (or maybe more?… I’m loosing track of time) and shows that I was still in scroll drawing mode. Drawn with multiple sizes of black felt/ink pens.

(Apologies for the horrible photographs, in the shade was too dark, sunshine is patchy due to inside and outside greenery.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 22, 2020

Did I Mention I’m A Perfectionist Too?

I’ve not just been drawing pieces of rope lately, I also saw a pattern that interested me (which I can’t lay my hand to as I make this post) and decided to try and incorporate it into a bigger, different idea that I had brewing.

Unfortunately I haven’t gotten further than the very first steps because I’m struggling to draw a rounded image with this type of central point that is symmetrical.
I’ve stopped in the last couple of days because I can’t think how to overcome it and think that I may be forced to change the centre in order for the rest to not look so lumpy.
This is where frustration sets in. Did I mention that I’m a perfectionist too?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 21, 2020

A Sketchy Start…

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I’ve been taking in recent posts about getting back into drawing again.

So… here are a few first efforts.

These sketches were made during work meetings.(Edited to remove some work note details.)

I have a very visual memory, hearing information usually goes pretty much in one ear and out the other.

If I draw whilst listening however, I can look at the visual image and remember most of what was being said when I drew it. That’s why all my school assignments had as many drawings as possible in them. I would make important dates into illuminated manuscript, decorate key words, diagrams and phrases, then during the exam I could close my eyes and visualise the page as much as possible.

The theme of my drawings: completely random, the info in the meeting, remembered.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 14, 2019

A Sculptor Sketches? “In The Moment” Insights…

“Parels” (Pearls) weekend events throw up some unexpected treasures. In the same home where I am viewing sculpture and abstract forms in stone, I also found these two beautiful portraits. It appears that the artist who sculpts (may) also be the artist who has sketched these lovely studies of whom (I’ll assume) are probably family members. The first is of a girl reading what could be a newspaper, brochure or map, the second is of a child clutching a favourite doll. They might be sisters, or possibly the second one is of the first girl at a far younger age. I don’t know, but I do admire the obvious connection between the artist and subject that is generated by these studies… I’m impressed, these are simple, relaxed, “in the moment” sketches, and sum up a lot about their subjects. The lines may be easy and informal but they say so much.  I think these portraits are beautiful.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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