Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Garden 2 – 28/02/2017

I’m enjoying drawing with chisel tip marker pens at the moment; this is another drawing of a courtyard garden at the Alhambra.

Alhambra Garden 2 © Catherine Cronin

 

Alhambra Garden 2 © Catherine Cronin

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Garden – 22/02/2017

Remembering sunnier days abroad; permanent marker pen drawing of a courtyard garden at the Alhambra, wish I was there now.

Alhambra Garden © Catherine Cronin

Alhambra Garden © Catherine Cronin

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Succulent Splash – 08/11/15

If there is one thing you take away from this post, it must be, do not water your indoor succulents as in my drawing. Always sit them in some water for a soak and then remove.

I painted this succulent with watercolour paint. I thought I might give the background some blue crosshatching to bring some more liveliness to the drawing; but after the first strokes of blue I found myself drawing a ‘David Hockney-ish’ splash of water, which I rather like. It’s funny how you find yourself doing something completely different when you intended something else. Apparently some scientific studies on the human brain have revealed that neurons ‘fire’ revealing decision/thought some milliseconds before we are cognitively aware of our own decisions/thoughts.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Parabolic Fountains – 05/07/2015

Quick sketch in pencil and pen of one of the Alhambra’s wonderful parabolic fountains in a courtyard garden.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga 3 – 23/04/2015

A very different image of the garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga as compared to the previous weeks’ watercolour renditions; this one is a very considered line drawing in fountain pen on textured watercolour paper, inspired by Edward Bawden’s graphic work. I didn’t do an under-drawing, so I knew any mistakes would have to stay. Overall I am pleased with the image, I like the different mark making to describe texture and shape; I especially like the hedged rose beds and the tree forms, however I think the wall at the back is a bit weak – it looks more like a fence! In hindsight I should have continued the brick forms seen in the wall on the right. Oh well, it’s always a learning curve this game we play called making.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga 2 – 17/04/2015

I really enjoyed sploshing watercolour paint about on this heavily textured paper to make this image of a garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga – 11/04/2015

I wanted to make an enlarged drawing of a photograph I took of a garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga. I wanted a simple outline of the garden forms to use as a guide so that I could easily try different materials and styles to make the image. So for the first time ever! I enlarged the photograph using the grid system; I traced the photograph and then placed it over a grid of 2×2 cm squares; I then drew a grid of 4×4 cm squares and carefully replicated the lines from the traced photograph. I traced the enlarged drawing so I could make multiple guides by going over my tracing and transferring the pencil to paper. I made my first sketch in watercolour, to get a feel for shape and colour. I want to go a bit more abstract next with this image. I did draw the image the opposite way round intentionally so as to loosen up my painting.

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(© Catherine Cronin)