Sunday, June 25, 2006

Walk Sixty-two – The track back to the village

Oh dear I’m too old to take the wine flowing quite so freely the night before. Walk and illustration done with Xavier and a massive hangover. Thank goodness it’s only one mile from home.


Blogger Hashi said...

I hear ya on the alcohol thing. I am now, in my dad's classic phrase, a two-pot screamer. Actually, maybe even a one-pot screamer.

Lovely track! I am reminded of an Aussie folk song, "There's a track winding back to an old-fashioned shack along the road to Gundagai." Sing along with me, Alison!

12:36 am  
Blogger Alison said...

I like the way you've done the trees - simplifying - I haven't got the hang of it yet. Deadful how age starts to catch you up and pin you down - no matter what plans you might have that it won't. :)

1:59 am  
Blogger Penny said...

Julie what do you use when you are walking? what sort of pen, paint and book? I am always in a mad hurry when I walk so things have to be done quickly, especially at this time of the year when it gets dark so early.
Love the darks and lights on your trees, Penny

5:46 am  
Blogger Sue said...

Julie, I'm laughing but WITH you never AT you. Hangovers are Tough it's true but your hangover sketch is terrific!

7:38 am  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Hashi, I love that phrase 'a two-pot screamer'.
Alison I think that simplifying is difficult - finding a language that still communicates what is in front of you.
Penny I use a variety. Sometimes I know I have very little time so it might just be one brush pen. Other times I want to indulge in a reasonably large watercolour on decent paper. I'm always trying something new - I have a low boredom threshold. This one is a very small sketchbook - slightly larger than a molekine (smaller means quicker for me). The paper is rather poor quality cartridge - pens can feather out on it. The pens I used were pitt pens (chosen because they're waterproof) and the watercolour was dabbed on with a water brush. I don't like waterbrushes when I'm trying to do the best possible painting such as the wedding present childrens' portrait on my other blog , however they are great for portability and adding a touch of colour when outside.
I think sometimes plein air work is a complete pain in the neck. You have to grab whatever you think you can cope with carrying around and using outside. Also it's so much easier in the summer.
Thank you sue, I'm pleased to say I'm now fully recovered and full of good intentions for the future.

12:00 pm  
Blogger witness said...

Your pen strokes are beautiful. I love your color controlled by the economic use of pen lines afterward. You inspire me to put color to my pen and ink sketches. ( Keep it up.

3:40 pm  
Anonymous Laura said...

Even hungover, you managed to make something so fresh and charming. As I've said so often, I love this series you've started.

9:29 pm  
Blogger Katherine said...

Nice loose painting Julie. They do say alcohol is the 'drug' of choice for the painter - I guess it makes the paint flow more freely! ;) (I can't remember where I read that now but it was in an item where all the naughty toxics were defined for all the different categories of artist)

2:38 pm  

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