Girls Who Draw Grasses

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Today I found 7 different grasses just walking through the garden to my studio (we don’t mow the grass very often).

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I used them to experiment with making very quick drawings, looking closely at the grasses but trying not to look at the page. I didn’t worry about accuracy or detail.

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Then I tried drawing in the same way with colours I wouldn’t normally combine…

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…and ended up with green paint and a pencil/pastel line.

I really enjoyed focusing on the process instead of the end result, and just seeing what happened. I think I could have repeated this experiment with different subject matter all day…

Worldful of Colour

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I immersed myself in colour last week, as I’ve been preparing for an Illustrators’ Sketchbook workshop at the lovely Prema Arts Centre in Uley, Gloucestershire.

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I’ve been coming up with all sorts of ways of approaching colour in a sketchbook – ways of playing with colour; releasing colourful shapes from painted pages; trying out colour combinations; and of course some scribbling,  snipping and gluing.

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And in doing this planning and preparation I’ve come up with things that I would never normally have tried…I found it really hard to stop playing around with colours and go off to school to pick up my kids. I felt as if I was floating along in a different (& quite colourful) world…

Grey Day

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This little paper box was for today’s Lilac Grey #colour_collective on twitter.

It pushed me out of my colour comfort zone – I don’t often use purply colours, but I loved using this grey today.

In the Jungle…

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I thought I’d try something darker than usual for Friday’s colour_collective on twitter…
So I drew on a painted sheet with graphite pencils, then added a little colour with conté pastel pencils.
And I really really enjoyed playing around and experimenting!