Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Walk Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight – Church End Houses

I went out just as the sun was setting having left Xavier with the older children. These are the same houses I drew a few days ago but with the addition of a couple of characters that have clambered onto the roof. Painted standing on the side of the road in the freezing cold. Fingerless gloves are on my Christmas list.

195mm x 120mm pen and watercolour in large watercolour moleskine


Blogger Alison said...

What fun - I haven't seen anything Christmassy around here - unless I count a helicopter with water bucket dousing two fires (kid lit, probably) on a nearby hill. I like your economy of line - and amazing you can do it standing up. I hope you get the fingerless gloves - and I did mean to say in my Tuesday post that any exercise is a great start - I certainly don't want to diminish what you are achieving.

10:21 pm  
Blogger Karen at Pen in Hand said...

The thing I most admire about your challenge for yourself - aside from the fact that you're regularly getting great sketches - is your tenacity. I don't know if I'd bother to paint standing up in the freezing cold, though obviously one gets a greater array of subjects if one is willing to do that. Bravo for being fearless and not overly concerned with comfort. And here's hoping you get those fingerless gloves!

2:30 am  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

This would make a neat little Christmas card. What's your policy about copyright? If I run out of cards - that is if someone sends me one and I get it tomorrow, can I print out your pic? So far I have respected the (c) on all pics in your network of art blogs that I look up.
I did pinch a photo of an Indian god from some guy's photo blog, and then his blog disappeared so I couldn't ask him!

2:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this, the snow men look almost evil tho. I know I moaned about my knees and the cold through our winter (but I am a lot older than you!!) but I think you are fantastic going out in the cold and doing this.
I wish you and your family a glorious Christmas with all the loving and happiness that that time should bring.
I will watch what you are doing but the lap top doesnt scan so I hope to have wet and windy and possibly colder sketches when I get back. Possibly could send a photo but that is cheating. I have signed in as anonymous as I had typed all that and forgot I had to sign in!!Penny

9:25 am  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Alison I can't believe that you don't have the flood of Christmas tat that we have here! Karen, it's quite interesting forcing yourself to draw or paint in situations you would never normally choose. You have to let go about being too precious because you just cannot achieve the same results that you might in the comfort of a studio inside.

Wendy the pictures I post on my blog are deliberately never very high resolution, so they are not ideal for printing as the quality isn't good enough, though for a non-professional home-printed card it may be OK. I much prefer to deter theft this way rather than slapping a big copyright notice over it. The law says that it's my copyright and I don't need to shout about it. I've always thought that big copyright notices are firstly arrogant (like who would want to steal the pictures anyway when there's so much better stuff out there) and secondly a very irritating way of spoiling the viewing pleasure. Thank you for asking if you can print out the picture, please feel free to do so and if you can include a small credit to me, so much the better.

Thank you Penny - and you're not that much older. I hope you have a lovely Christmas too and that you get the present of a lot of rain.

12:40 am  
Blogger Katherine said...

Julie - this is a really lovely sketch. You need to add handwarmers to the list as well.

9:30 am  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Beautiful! The colors and shadows definitely say cold! Is that one of those inflatable holiday thingees. They're all over the place here and they seem so silly to me.

6:09 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Woo hoo, got my gloves.
Yes Jana, inflatable thingies have found their way here as well.

7:12 pm  

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