Thursday, 1 January 2015

January Sketches

Welcome to the New Year!

I am deliberately doing things differently with this new blog, and I'd like to kick off by telling you  about the 31 Sketches in January Challenge which I'm participating in,  set up by my friend - and very talented artist, Palma Rea. You can find out about it here at her blog 'A Creative Journey' - and do join us if you are a sketcher.

 Today's prompt is 'Draw something you can't bear to throw away, but should!' So I was out in the garden this morning - drawing this poor old wooden hand fork, which  gets left outside and is on its last legs, but is so handy!

I've been doing a bit of sketching over the break too, and also catching up with my homework for Liz Steel's Sketching Now Foundations  Class, which I treated myself to at the end of last year. It's excellent - lots of well thought out content,  tips and demonstrations. Liz is a very thorough and conscientious teacher and I'm really enjoying the challenge. My ambition is to loosen up and get quicker and more spontaneous - and it's really working. I'm finishing things in well under half the time I used to spend :)  It's also made me feel a lot more confident about sharing, so here are a couple of birds  I did to remind us Spring is just around the corner! x


margaret said...

you certainly have a great talent with both the pencil and paintbrush, it will be interesting following you on your january challenge, you have done a lovely painted sketch or your first post

Alex said...

Lovely sketches - makes me wish I had time to improve my skills in that area!

Tammie Lee said...

hello Jules,

how wonderful that you are doing a sketching challenge
and that you are sketching painting faster and enjoying it
both sound like good practices.
wishing you a gorgeous 2015 ~

crazyQstitcher said...

Delightful sketching and colouring. I look forward to enjoying more through the year.

sharonb said...

Jules you made me smile when I read that you left your garden fork outside - I do the same thing! little hand trowels garden forks and worst of all my secateurs ( I have 3 of them ) all get left out particularly over summer. I got in the habit during the drought as there was no rain but it is a really bad habit now!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Jules, how wonderful your sketches are! Beautiful and inspirational, how I wish I could draw!

Rachel said...

What delightful sketches!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I am so in love with all of these! I think I could have your work covering every inch of my house Jules. Fabulous!