The beautiful Helichrysum plant is well known across the Mediterranean, and tastes slightly of curry. The oil is a potent healer, and there are lots of medicinal uses. Here is the first draft of a digital painting of grey granite rocks with lichens and Helichrysum plants. Summer is coming…I can almost smell the sea.
Archive for April, 2011
This evening after going to the gym and having a good grilled chicken supper, I did some more painting and drawing on my computer. I seem to need to intersperse ‘real’ with digital in order to feel comfortable about it.
I added colour to the photograph of the previous picture posted below, using Pixelmater software. I’m not sure which one I prefer so I’m posting both.
If you’re all bent out of shape for one reason or another, an hour sketching in the park, under the bright light of the spring sun with the green grass glinting and the cherry blossoms bouncing in the breeze – all this will sort you out.
Here is half of the sketch I did this morning in just such circumstances. I was going to call it Bent Out of Shape, but why dwell on the negative? Thank goodness for the beautiful parks of London. I didn’t have any soft willow charcoal with me, so I used a hard charcoal pencil and a blue chalk.
I was planning on using charcoal to draw the model, Ian, at this morning’s life drawing club. But when it came down to it the charcoal looked so bleak and black so I used some colour oil pastels on top, and then things started to became really interesting so I carried on. I’m quite pleased with it – it’s just about accurate enough to be able to stop worrying about accuracy and focus on the other stuff that I cannot describe.