Monday, October 16, 2006

Walk One Hundred and Seventy-Four – Xavier’s input

This is the view across the newly ploughed field past the Bluebell Wood. The red tree is a figment of my imagination, to cover the line of pencil (that I couldn't erase) caused by a Xavier who had become bored with his own drawing and decided it would be fun to give my pad a big whack.


Blogger Hashi said...

Lovely! A great example of turning a bug into a feature :-)

11:22 pm  
Blogger Penny said...

We wouldnt have known until you told us! Like the crows, like the whole thing, the misty ness in the background is great.

11:55 pm  
Blogger Alison said...

You've really caught the mistiness - this could be Australia - this is what our paddocks look like without any ploughing :(

1:12 pm  
Anonymous seesue said...

Julie, I haven't stopped by for so long and it made me grin when I read the story behind the red tree as the autumnal red of that very tree was what caught my eye and was to be the crux of my admiring comment. Love how you've followed your art and rolled with your life. LOL.
Hurrah for you for posting and doing such a wonderful job of your art (and your regular walking)!

2:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie, Youre todays painting are wonderful. I love the trees. Im being self taught in Wc and this is one of the areas I'm having trouble with is folige. Can you explain how to go about them or is there a teaching video that anyone would know about.

5:24 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Glad you all like it. Alison I presume the word paddock means field in Oz. Here I think it tends to apply more specifically to where horses are kept.
Linda sorry I don't have a 'way' of doing it I just look and try to work out what kind of marks with whatever I'm using will get closest. Funnily enough when I'm outside looking at foliage (especially backlit translucent leaves) I can work out really good ways of doing them using computer software like Illustrator or Photoshop - which isn't a great deal of use when I'm standing there with paints or pencils in my hands.

7:51 pm  
Blogger Alison said...

Yes, to me, now, a field would be a small paddock.

12:32 pm  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

This is stunning too. I love the colours you use and I love your skies. What kind of pencils do you use? I am absolutley astounded at the amount of work you produce - especially with everything else you fit in. I love the work on both of your blogs.

11:08 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Andrea, I've been experimenting with Graphitints ( but I've also used watercolour on this as well) . They were on special offer at an art shop, but when I first used them I hated them. They feel foul and it's very counter-intuitive to use colours that change dramatically if tehy are wet. However they came in such a handy pencil wrap they are easy to take out for plein air work. I'm coming round to them – sort of.

12:05 am  

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