Both A4 in size, Supracolor pencils on Canson Paper, own references.
It’s not uncommon when I’m home to sit in our lounge room after tea and draw while I’m watching television (or is that listen to the tv). After a long day in the studio, drawing with a pen is my way of winding down. How do you wind down at the end of the day?
This is the time of the day when I can explore some of the ideas that have come to me during the day. I usually work with coloured pencils, so a fine line pen (black on white) is a nice change and it enables me to think in line, shape, pattern and composition without the ‘interference’ of colour; that will come later on when the drawings are on my easel in the coming days.
So far this year I have divided my time equally between ‘home and away’, with trips to Batemans Bay, Sydney and Tweed Heads. During this time I’ve gather a good deal of information for a series of drawings for my second adult colouring book, due for release (online) later in the year.
Once I’ve created each drawing I photograph them and ‘clean’ each one on my computer before printing a copy for colouring. I will only print and colour a single edition that will be offered for sale. I have already completed several and to my pleasant surprise 2 have already been claimed and I haven’t advertised!
My first series of drawings focuses on forest floors and is part of my ‘neglected landscape’ series. The second (and current) series was inspired by cairns that I have seen at Crowdy Bay (NSW), Wangetti Beach (Cairns) and Bruny Island (Tasmania). Nearly all are A4 in size, with an A3-size currently on my easel and a few that I have completed on canvas on canvas.
I’m hoping to have an exhibition of this ‘new departure’ in my work maybe next year.
I personally enjoy this type of drawing without colour and find much solace gazing at an image purely in black line on a white background.
No doubt time and further exploration of this theme will (hopefully) realise new directions. Variety is the spice of life!