This afternoon I enjoyed a walk in Peasholm Park, looking at the trees, picking up leaves and dodging the squirrels which were everywhere. They are so tame they take peanuts straight out of your hand.
The leaf I chose for today’s offering was a huge Horse Chestnut, again created using Inktense pencils and the Pilot fine point pen. Painting is still feeling alien to me and its taking far too long to paint/draw these leaves. I am adding the pen to try to give them some definition but I’m not liking the result. When I get back home I’m thinking of switching to collage or fabric as my medium…..or do I persevere with the painting? After all, this is a challenge isn’t it?
I had to cheat a bit with tonight’s painting as I’m sitting in my B&B in Scarborough and I forgot to bring a leaf with me! I’ve travelled up a couple of days early for a bit of a break before attending a wet felting workshop in Hutton Buscle with Jenny Pepper.
I went for a walk along the sea front this evening and meant to gather a couple of leaves on my way back but it completely slipped my mind so instead I’ve worked from a photograph I found on the Internet.
I worked with Intense crayons and an extra fine Pilot HI-Tecpoint V5 pen.
A few days ago prolific artist Laura, from Create Art Everyday, blogged about a challenge she is taking up which involves painting a leaf everyday for a month. You can read about the challenge and where it originated here. I liked the sound of this so I thought I would have a go…..I don’t do painting so this is a real challenge for me! Last night saw my first attempt, fortunately I painted two leaves which I hope makes up for not having made the time to do one today!
My idea is to use this challenge to create a “leaf” sketchbook which in turn can be used as a resource for making more Tyvek and Lutradur leaves. I’m not convinced I can keep up with painting every day but I will do what I can and hopefully I might see an improvement in my painting by the end of the month!