Weekly Sketch – Cactus Collage – 26/03/2017

I’ve been playing around with painting textures and patterns on paper; then used them to make this cactus collage. The very bright green small cactus arm is one of those coffee cup cardboard holders; I used it to print the green zig-zags on the cactus arm behind it, then decided I quite liked it just as it was painted.

(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Oak Leaves & Acorn Collage – 01/12/2016

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately due to preparing for two Christmas Fairs. I’ll be at the Horniman Museum this weekend, it looks like it will be a very merry affair and it is free, you can find all the details here: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-christmas-fair

I’ve been playing with drawn collage which is a good way of finding out how to balance different elements of your picture. I think this collage of oak leaves and acorn could make for a bold linocut print, what do you think?



(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Aloe Collage – 26/08/2016

I really enjoyed making this collage of my potted aloe plant (aloe variegata). Here you can see a watercolour I made of this plant last year – Succulent Splash. It has doubled in size since then.


(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Fern & Matisse – 27/07/2016

I wanted to paint a lovely Japanese fern that I recently purchased; and it was serendipitous that I happened to place it in front of a Matisse foliage print. I rather like the way they echo each others shape; and the colours work together harmoniously.

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(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Succulent – 20/03/2016


I should’ve posted these pencil drawings up last Sunday, better late than never. I like the patterned background in the second sketch even though it takes the focus from the patterned leaves. I’d like to turn this into a linocut print, I can think of a few ways to keep the patterned background from dominating the succulent.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Water Lilies – 12/04/2014

Two very different sketches of water lilies; one a pen sketch looking at form, structure and reflections; the other a quick study of colour in oil pastel and ink – which is a bit garish!



(© Catherine Cronin)