I struggled with this theme today. Not because I don’t like spices, au contraire, it is a delicious theme and I love it. But the ideas didn’t show up today.I couldn’t fix my pen on a cool composition and the brush didn’t work for me either. My wrist was stiff and unforgiving in sketching these bottles. Instead of having a free hand and sketching with some wonk, which is my usual style, my sketches become overworked and controlled. Not me. Not me at all. In this process of struggle today, I paged back through the last few sketches and artwork I did…and there I saw it; Stiffness and control. Slowly but surely during the last few sketches I moved towards controlling the pen and colour, while they should actually have more of a will of their own. That is how I raised my daughters and that is how I like my art.
Sketch 1: a himalayan salt and black pepper mill, totally overworked and in good ole French…“n’importe quoi!”
watercolour and pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook,21X29.7 cm
Sketch 2: without interest, overworked, not funk or peps, actually a bit boring.
watercolour and pilot prera pen in Stillman & birn sketchbook, 22.9X15.2 cm
Sketch 3: this ws my last sketch and almost there, but not quite yet. I think I got tired at this stage, but there is a bit more interest in the dynamics, a bit more wonk and interpretation.But still sloppy. (a loose, free style doesn’t mean sloppy.)
Sketch 4: This was the second last one and I was a bit angry here, trying and trying and not getting what I want (almost went into tantrum mode…). This sketch is downright sloppy.
watercolour and pilot prera pen in Stillman & Birn sketchbook,14X21.6 cm
See you tomorrow with sketch(es) on the theme…something hot!
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I love the faucet ones..and the second..third and fourth.:)
Thanks monique…this morning I actually prefer the faucet ones too….the ary fairy got to work on them during the night. 🙂
I don’t think any of these are boring or without interest, love all the colours and line work 🙂
Thank you Jennifer, I appreciate yiur support. I suppose we are our own worst critics. 🙂
Love them! But I love all your work!! Was in St. Avit last week. Didn’t get any painting done but did a wonderful tour at Cadouin Abbey in the sunshine and then ate at the little café there. Glorious stay. Keep painting and posting!!! You’re a lovely inspiration.:)
Thank you, Kathryn. You had sunshine? La France has had a bit challenging weather lately…