Drawing a day challenge – Apr 2020

April was a better month for me in terms of drawing. I have started to follow two accounts on social media that are supplying prompts for creativity. On Twitter @AshmoleanMuseum who are posting daily under the #IsolationCreations hash tag, posting wonderous objects from their collection. On Instagram @stillherestilllife who post a photo every Sunday of a still life as a prompt to get creative, they post inspiring works by artists to get you thinking and repost a selection of the responses by followers. I have ended up drawing things I never would have chosen myself, it has been great fun. Here is a selection of some of the drawings from April, I am posting every drawing I do for the drawing a day challenge on my Instagram @catpigeons.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Drawing a day challenge – Mar 2020

Well the world turned upside down, and the havoc and despair that the corona virus Covid-19 is causing globally really hit home in the UK in March, as our numbers of infections and deaths slowly followed the pattern of other countries. These days feel unreal, and I feel tearful and hollow. But I also feel grateful to have a loving family and close friends.

Creativity is a solace to me, something to get lost in. But I find it hard to concentrate on anything in these strange times. In March I completed a few drawings a day, and also worked on collage ideas for Quinces screen prints. I am posting every drawing I do for the drawing a day challenge on my Instagram @catpigeons. I hope that April will bring hope for the future; stay safe everyone.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Drawing a day challenge – Jan 2020

Hello there, it’s been awhile. Starting 2020 I’ve mentally signed myself up to the drawing a day challenge, a hash-tag on Twitter and Instagram. My life situation currently means it is difficult for me to have regular dedicated creative time to progress the many projects whirling around my mind! I am still working on my Five English Owls linocut series, 2 owls to go. I’m working on finalising the design for my Short-eared Owl.

Meanwhile, I felt that if I was drawing everyday, then it would keep the creative juices flowing and help me explore image making. I’m not someone who in my art life draws every day, I tend to ‘make’ when I am progressing projects, when inspiration strikes or I get the art jitters and need a fix. I operate more on a weekly basis.

In January I completed only 13 drawings out of 31 days. Seems terrible? But actually if I hadn’t taken up the challenge, it probably would have been less! Like any resolution, I’m not beating myself up about what I didn’t do, rather I am focusing on what I did achieve. So here are my favourite drawings from January. I am posting every drawing I do on my Instagram @catpigeons

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Long Eared Hare – 04/01/2016

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all enjoyed the festive break.

Will this be the year I actually post a sketch every week? can you bear the sheer anticipation of finding out? you can only watch this space.

So here is the first quick pen sketch of the year of a long eared hare. I’d like to do a hare print this year, so there will be lots more hare images from me.

LongEaredHareweb

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Jay – 26/05/2014

I find birds fascinating; I have made artists’ books about swifts and crows containing poems, and I have always wanted to do a print series on birds. So here is the start: sketches of a Jay; in black pen, oil pastel and ink; in charcoal; and in black pen.

Jay-Colour CRONIN Jay-Graphite CRONIN

Jay-Black-Pen CRONIN

 

(© Catherine Cronin)