Weekly Sketch – Colourful Orchids – 10/02/2013

I haven’t been too well recently, confined to bed pretty much and unable to do anything really. But boredom pushed me to try and cheer myself up by drawing in colourful felt-tip pens, and as always a bit of black ink painted in too. More orchids, still thinking of brighter days for Spring.

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I then thought I’d see how the above drawing would change with a little photoshop fill; what do you think, better with or better without?

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(© Catherine Cronin)

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Weekly Sketch – Orchid Medley – 28/01/2013

Still thinking about Spring and delighting in looking through old photos of visits to the annual Orchid Festival at Kew. Back to my favourite drawing medium and style; scribbley scrabbley black pen and ink for this medley of orchids.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Orchids – 20/01/2013

The snow has transformed my familiar surroundings into a fresh white sparkling winter wonderland. This is the view from my balcony.

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Watching the snow drift silently down for hours, you would think I’d be inspired to draw this transformed landscape; but instead I found myself thinking of the annual Orchid Festival at Kew; even though I am enjoying this brief snowy magic I am yearning for signs of Spring. The Orchid Festival at Kew is a delight; wonderful blossoms in suprising shapes and colours. I revisited old pictures from previous visits to Kew and thought I’d try and draw with paint and ink for my weekly sketch.

I was trying to get away from my usual scratchy pen drawing style; I find it difficult to use paint, but I was hoping trying something different would have thrown up some new ideas to explore. Two of the results are a bit of a mess, and one is just very traditional looking. I have found that most of the time I make an ugly mess or boring images; but all that works somehow towards the few succeses.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep. ” ~Scott Adams

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(© Catherine Cronin)