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12-03-2012, 12:37 PM

I've finally made a start on the project I decided on for the lovely S&B Beta hardback. Urban sketches.

It's of a thin slice of Victorian/Edwardian architecture, almost covered but just peeping out between the shutters of the neighbouring factories. It's distressed and worn, showing its age but making such an interesting (to me) contrast.

I may at some point do a larger version where I can look at the distressed surfaces more - and may also do some studies in this book of close ups.

As usual the scanner is missing some of the pale colours - so annoying, even after tweaking in Photoshop.

12-03-2012, 02:24 PM
I agree - nice contrast and a great subject for an urban sketch! Looking forward to following along on this sketchbook.

12-03-2012, 02:39 PM
What a great project. The architecture is marvelous.

12-03-2012, 07:01 PM
Wonderful urban sketchbook. Awesome textures. Is there charcoal used with watermedia? Love it.

12-04-2012, 04:57 AM
Urban sketches - that's a great theme and you're off on a good start with this. I love this old door hiding itself

12-04-2012, 06:39 AM
Thank you all :) yes tinted charcoal pencils (Derwent) they are really nice subtle colours.

Joan T
12-04-2012, 11:50 AM
Lovely!! Great theme and wonderful start to the new book. I love that you found such a lovely treasure hiding between the factories.

12-04-2012, 02:02 PM
Indeed a thin slice :) Lovely start :)

12-04-2012, 09:47 PM
What a beautiful start on your new project! Looking forward for more!!

12-05-2012, 05:23 PM
thanks for the nice comments - but ooops! I made a glaring careless error in observation, which I've corrected by washing the area out and repainting. I did it in class as a sort of demo of mixing media - not for the class to watch start to finish but just to see how I went about it as they walked by. Hurrying, talking, teaching and not looking properly, I read the black downpipe as dark wall and made it far too wide. They also got to see correction in progress today!



ps because of S&B's great sizing, the paint lifted really easily and enabled the correction

Joan T
12-06-2012, 01:11 PM
I don't think any of us would have noticed your glaring error. lol But it is good for students to see that corrections can be made.

12-06-2012, 10:39 PM
I would never had know it was an error, but it was great to be able to demonstrate how to fix things, I am sure! either way, its a lovely page

12-07-2012, 02:16 AM
Great start to the book Viv. I finally found some of those Derwent pencils recently, read about them several years ago yet never saw them anywhere. Such delicious colors and marks they make in your hands.

12-07-2012, 08:53 AM
the tinted charcoal ones Margo? I love them

12-07-2012, 11:49 AM
Very nice door there, Vivien.

01-28-2013, 03:27 PM
This isn't urban but it's in the lovely S&B hardback beta - it sneaked in!

An old hawthorn hedge in the snow


it's done with Derwents tinted charcoal pencils, which I love, they are ideal for this season too.

then I photographed it with the iPad and added a sky I'd drawn there in iPastel


I need to do a version in real pastels and tinted charcoal now :)

01-31-2013, 02:58 PM
Beautiful sketches!!!

02-01-2013, 04:21 AM
Thank you Eileen :)

02-01-2013, 03:28 PM
ooh like this, there is soo much to see everywhere once you start looking, urban landscapes are jammed with fab textures and so many inspiring cameos, and all multiplied with different light and seasons, ....looking forward to seeing more :D

Joan T
02-01-2013, 09:09 PM
I love how you photographed it and changed it. What a great way to work!!

02-02-2013, 05:28 AM
It's a really useful way of working through ideas I find Joan. I often do this when thinking through a series of paintings.

02-02-2013, 04:31 PM
I love your sketches Vivien, they are very "painterly". Does that make


02-02-2013, 05:18 PM
thanks David - yes it does and I take it as a real compliment because I love painterliness in other peoples work :)

I admire painters like Kurt Jackson (http://www.kurtjackson.com/) and David Prentice (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=david+prentice+paintings&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&tbs=&as_filetype=&as_rights=) and David Tress (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=david+tress+paintings&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&tbs=&as_filetype=&as_rights=) and still life by people like Shirley Trevena (http://vimeo.com/3202923)

you might find some of those links of interest

02-03-2013, 04:50 AM
Fantastic sketches and I am always impressed what is possible with an ipad :thumbsup:

02-03-2013, 12:44 PM

I was drawing through wet wases, which is hard on paper, and the Beta held up brilliantly. :)

02-03-2013, 04:10 PM
Beta paper can handle a lot. Delightful scene.

02-03-2013, 05:04 PM
I really like all variations of this scene. Lovely work.

Joan T
02-03-2013, 08:13 PM
Wow! Wonderful colors in that sky!!

02-04-2013, 02:28 PM
Thanks :)


And this one too is watercolour/mixed media

02-04-2013, 06:56 PM
Great job on the last two landscapes!

02-04-2013, 08:41 PM
Another wonderful landscape. You have such beautiful soft skies.

02-04-2013, 10:20 PM
I like the different ways that you have treated the snowy landscape. Nice start to your urban sketchbook.

02-07-2013, 11:27 AM
Your colour palette always amazes me, such beautiful colors!

02-08-2013, 07:56 AM
thanks :) I did intend to keep this book just for the urban stuff - but good sidetracked by the snow and wanted to use this lovely paper! so it is changing to Leicester/Leicestershire instead


this one was difficult to photograph - there are more subtle colours in it and the clouds aren't quite so dark

02-08-2013, 05:09 PM
Great landscape with the birds.

Joan T
02-08-2013, 08:30 PM
Nice job on the landscape. I like the effect of all the birds.

02-10-2013, 05:16 AM
this is very atmospheric! Looks great with all the birds!

02-11-2013, 02:41 PM
Thanks. :)


Playing with some new tube colours (DSapatite, W&N opera rose, transparent yellow, brown madder, cobalt turquoise light) just finding out how they mix and glaze. Pure experimenting. And adding salt.

02-11-2013, 02:47 PM
Fun to see experiments.

02-11-2013, 07:32 PM

and a double page spread of the silhouetted hedges, this time against a threatening sky, bringing more snow.

Again it's watercolour and those Derwent tinted charcoal pencils, they colours and marks are just right for what I'm trying to do.

02-12-2013, 07:45 AM

details from that double page spread - you can see the colour better


Joan T
02-12-2013, 05:09 PM
Wow!!! You are getting some wonderful results!!! These are great!

02-12-2013, 10:36 PM
Beautiful landscape.

02-13-2013, 02:29 AM
I like the sketch of the silhouetted hedges, well done!


02-13-2013, 03:59 AM
Thanks :)

And a really quick sketch with Derwent tinted charcoal


02-13-2013, 06:08 PM
Fabulous sketch.

02-13-2013, 10:11 PM
I really love all of your last entries, they have so much atmosphere! And they would look great on the wall as paintings just as they are!

02-14-2013, 11:10 AM
Of course I love the incorporation of the birds in the landscape - looks like a 'river' of crows (or probably rooks in your vernacular) returning to their roost for the night. There is a college campus in our area that hosts an estimated 20,000 crows roosting in the woods on the edge of campus every night. They've even installed signs talking about the communal behavior of the crows in that regard.

02-14-2013, 11:14 AM
I love salt on everything... including watercolors. :lol: Lovely mix of washes and tinted charcoal.

02-15-2013, 03:11 AM
John you are most likely right . I think here rooks are the ones that nest in large groups, so very likely that's what they were.

Thank you for the positive comments everyone.

This is another in the series and another double page spread.


Same mix as before but a little less charcoal. I'm loving this book and its heavy paper.

I don't quite know why but this one has a fairy tale feel to me!

02-15-2013, 02:59 PM

Winter fields

same mix of watercolour and tinted charcoal pencils - no snow

Thats an old nest in the tree, not a blot!

02-15-2013, 07:12 PM
Another delightful landscape.

02-15-2013, 11:10 PM
Viv, these are superb! Are you fixing the charcoal with anything not that you are doing double spreads? I love that tinted charcoal, I've been doing life drawing with it and having a blast. So atmospheric in combination with the watercolor.

02-16-2013, 05:49 AM
It is atmospheric to draw with isn't it :). Yes I used hairspray to fix it and its fine, no smudging onto the facing page - even with the resident tiger sitting on it. I get no respect!

I am thinking of getting back to the life drawing group and using them.

02-17-2013, 01:31 AM
That sounds like a good plan. A new life drawing group started up in my neck of the woods, it's still a long drive but whatever, time to jump back in that pool.

02-21-2013, 09:59 AM
Viv that mix of charocals and watercolor works great for you. . . love the winter field with the nest

02-21-2013, 02:47 PM

This is another version of this view. It's actually in the moleskine folio, the same size as the double page spread in the S&B . But oh the curling of the paper when using big areas of wet wash :(. The S&B didn't curl at all.

Please please please make an A3 book Michael!

I'm taking a Constable attitude to geographical accuracy!

02-21-2013, 03:12 PM
lovely sketches. Really nice

02-21-2013, 03:14 PM
ummm...quite luscious.

I went to life drawing this week but didn't take my charcoal pencils, the space is very small so not much room for my kitchen sink approach to carting media. Still it was fun, have you gone yet?

02-21-2013, 03:18 PM
I haven't but should have. I can So relate to the kitchen sink problem! I'm convinced that if I don't take something I'm sure to want it!

02-21-2013, 04:55 PM
Yes, the kitchen sink problem we have discussed before. I managed quite well with less than my usual pile of supplies, and spent less time deciding what to use next. Next time I'll take those delicious tinted charcoal pencils and my Derwent drawing pencils, those are a blast to do quick life sketches with too. The things I've learned from reading your threads and your blog. Thanks so much Viv.

02-24-2013, 11:53 AM


a couple of close ups of that field one - the glazed colour shows up better in these

02-24-2013, 02:06 PM
Wow, each one you capture and focus on different aspects of that view. Love the feel of the birds swirling up into the lovely sky. Nice details on the birds in the enlargements.

02-24-2013, 02:22 PM
I just LOVE this journal. Why, oh why, can't I start my own? What's supposed to go in an art journal as shown on WC? What type of journal would be best for me? Because I'm nowhere near the level of talent of needing to do "studies" for my work (or am I just not that type of artist?), and because I strive to do things to completion, journals seem to be somewhere between a sketch and a painting. I don't mean to hijack your beautiful thread, I just thought that there has to be others here looking at all of this work and experiencing the same sort of dilemma that I am. While I probably would not get into using charcoals (it's a tactility thing, and wouldn't the charcoal smear when the journal book is closed?) I'm also in love with the painterly aspect of your work. It sort of has a blurred, sneak peak into life, look to it. :thumbsup:

02-24-2013, 03:39 PM
Lovely landscape. The birds always add something special to these.

thevaliantx, an art journal is what you make of it. There are those who do what look like complete paintings. Others are definitely sketches or even notes. Some are layers upon layers of paint and collage elements. Some are studies. Some are practice or color combinations or trying out mark making with a new toy. Some are just doodles. Others are zentangles. Get a sketchbook and have a go. See what you come up with, what makes you happy making art.

02-24-2013, 06:48 PM
I just LOVE this journal. Why, oh why, can't I start my own? What's supposed to go in an art journal as shown on WC? What type of journal would be best for me? Because I'm nowhere near the level of talent of needing to do "studies" for my work (or am I just not that type of artist?), and because I strive to do things to completion, journals seem to be somewhere between a sketch and a painting. I don't mean to hijack your beautiful thread, I just thought that there has to be others here looking at all of this work and experiencing the same sort of dilemma that I am. While I probably would not get into using charcoals (it's a tactility thing, and wouldn't the charcoal smear when the journal book is closed?) I'm also in love with the painterly aspect of your work. It sort of has a blurred, sneak peak into life, look to it. :thumbsup:

What Debbie said!

I don't call mine a journal but a sketchbook. I work through ideas. Each piece for me is a serious investigation of light, texture, a sense of place ... Whatever interested me enough to paint or draw in the first place. Some things are very finished, others not. Each is me trying to catch what I want as best I can and that's why I mix media. Each medium is capable of different kind of marks and can add to the finished result ..... And often rescue things that went through a stage of being a dire mess!

Be aware that you move the goalposts forward as you improve .... So being satisfied never happens!

I like to work loosely but the underlying observation is crucial.

Just keep working every day. Take each piece seriously and don't worry about how fast ... Or not ... You finish the book. Don't throw out pieces you don't like or you won't see your progress. Like anything it takes practice.

Work from life. Look at good artists work. Go to galleries. Discuss with people here, they are friendly and generous with information.

Don't rule out charcoal. It's the most forgiving medium and the easiest to change. Once you are happy, a few light coats of hairspray fixes it so it won't smudge ... Even when our resident tiger sits on it ;). Don't work too small.

I know some here don't mind working on cheap paper. I hate it! I advise my students to use a decent weight of paper as work comes out better on it. It holds pigment and tolerates a lot of ill treatment, erasing etc :)

Don't waste time worrying about anyone being 'better' than you. Everyone was once a beginner and we all remember how intimidating it was. That doesn't go away either!

So ... Start drawing or painting what interests you and start a thread ... People will help and comment if you are open to positive critique. Go for it :)

02-25-2013, 06:36 AM
The snowcovered landscape and the light reminds me of Brueghels paintings (as in Pieter Brughel the Elder...such a big family of painters).
And I second the charcoal support. I've only begun to play around with it, but it's a great medium.

02-28-2013, 02:41 PM
ook! it is :)

This one, shown earlier here, has been featuring in the last few editions of the monthly art magazines :)


and ... you are going to be sick of that hedge! but this is another version for a postcard exchange I'm part of.


On to some new stuff at the weekend .... maybe tomorrow if I take a break from the big declutter.

02-28-2013, 04:01 PM
But, you do the hedges so well. :)

02-28-2013, 05:26 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Well done! Nice to see art work gracing pages of art magazines by someone we "know". Better for the latest sketches to be more of the same subject than none! I find them all beautiful and instructional in using a variety of mark making. Decluttering will ultimately result in more time for making art, at least that is what I say to keep myself going in the midst of that sort of chaos.

03-01-2013, 04:29 AM
:p chaos is my natural state of being!!! I am really trying to be a bit more organised

03-01-2013, 06:57 AM

Drawing with eyeshadow :)

I had a couple of pots that were free sometime and when she learned I'd used them in sketches, my daughter gave me some more, including a stick of creamy, greasy shadow.

So of course I had to play. Not exactly racially sound .... But fun! I like the way the powder stuck to the greasy marks so I could make the colour change.

The few very fine lines are a Pitt oil base pencil.

03-01-2013, 01:48 PM
Art supplies are what you make of them. :lol: The sketch came out great.

03-01-2013, 04:13 PM
How weird I didn't notice that the auto correct changed archival lay into racially!!!

03-01-2013, 04:24 PM
Hah! Always a new supply to be found in the kitchen. A lot of encaustic artists use spices, turmeric is nice for rich yellows. A good way to use up old makeup or spices that have lost their zing. The organization thing is a constant around my house, chaos seems to ensue whenever I start to create.

03-01-2013, 06:28 PM
Congratulations on the publication of your artwork!

03-02-2013, 07:35 PM
Thanks :)

Spices ....now there is an interesting and aromatic thought. I may have some elderly cinnamon that I could try!

03-03-2013, 03:06 AM
I never thought about that. Imagine how awesome your sketchbook would smell :)

03-03-2013, 05:07 AM

03-03-2013, 10:29 AM
Congrats, Viv! How cool. . .

Using makeup for art is an interesting idea. . . and very nicely done. I sometimes use tea or coffee and found that fun. Have you tried that?

03-03-2013, 02:05 PM
The spices are great on encaustic and if anyone can figure a way to use them in a sketchbook, well Viv you're it!

03-03-2013, 05:24 PM
Vivien, these are really lovely pieces. I love those snow-covered scenes with textural foliage. Well done!

I know you sometimes use oil paints in your books, right? Do you seal/gesso the pages first for oil painting? I'm really intrigued because I read in other posts of yours that the pages do not stick together or smear. Do you place glassine between pages? Or if you don't gesso, does the paint just sink in enough to feel dry to the touch?


03-04-2013, 02:21 AM
No I don't gesso Jamie, just paint straight onto the paper. You are right, it does feel fairly dry to the touch. It prints slightly onto the facing page when you close the book but doesn't harm the painting and doesn't stick at all.

Sometimes the print is enough to work into with other media later - 2 for the price of one! but usually there are just a few random marks.

I don't bother with glassine, usually I just let it print very slightly onto that facing page, but if I don't want to then I just put a piece of scrap paper between the pages.

I really like using oil on paper. It isn't archivally sound of course as it will eventually rot the paper - but it will outlive me! Degas and Toulouse Lautrec did work this way that is still going strong.

I haven't used tea or coffee but have thought about it as I've seen some lovely work done with it.

I've got a couple that I'll scan when they are finished, in this book. I don't like how they are at the moment colourwise and plan to glaze thin layers over to adjust colours ... and being me, probably end up reworkinmg parts as well!


This is one of dusk with muted gloomy colours and that ring around the moon you sometimes get.

03-04-2013, 02:47 AM
I like the calm mood of this sketch. When the moon looks like this, it's called Feenmond in German, fairy moon.

03-04-2013, 01:20 PM
Jamie this is an oil in the S&B and the amount of print on the facing page. I use Grffin Alkyd, quick drying oils when sketching but have also used normal oils.

The oil never seeps through pages. It would if you used lots of medium, but just put a sheet of newsprint or something to protect the next page if you do that. The paper never buckles like it would with water even if you soak it with medium. I've done this to mono print.

I don't like the colours or trees and will work on this further at some point.


03-04-2013, 02:54 PM
Thanks for all the information about using oils in a sketchbook. The moon with the ring is fabulous.

03-04-2013, 03:03 PM
Viv thanks for posting the page with the oils, I always mean to ask and then forget. No alkyds here but plenty of sketchbooks and oils so may as well try it.
That dusky moon sketch is wonderful.

03-04-2013, 06:20 PM
Fairy moon, what a lovely description.

I find oils much quicker to sketch with plein air. No waiting for washes to dry and the ability to put light over dark.

Thanks, and I'm glad the info is helpful. :) I like the exchange of knowledge here. I would never have heard of S&B books for instance :) Without people talking about them.

03-05-2013, 04:53 AM
Fantastic! I love the sketch with the moon.

03-06-2013, 11:07 PM
Never heard of using oils in a sketchbook, but I really like what you,ve done with them.

03-07-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks much for the info on oil sketches in the S&B - I may very well try that. I've just started doing some of my oil sketches on the new (over here, anyway) Arches 140# paper that is treated for oil. Basically it's their 140# watercolor paper in terms of surface, etc. except prepped so that it will take oil with no other prep needed.

03-08-2013, 02:59 AM
That sounds interesting John. I hope you show them and review the paper.

I often use Cryla prepared paper for plein air oils but its good to try alternatives.

03-08-2013, 12:36 PM
Viv I tried the pthalo blue and green again after you said how much you liked them on another thread. Really they are gorgeous colors, I think I was put off by how much they stained the plastic palette I was working on. It remains to be seen how the green will work sketching in my sunny mountain environment. The book author that suggested having it on the palette lives in a very wet area of the American south where foilage is lush and rampant. Time for some experimenting with it.

03-09-2013, 04:38 AM
I've ordered buff titanium and perylene maroon and green to see how I like them as so many people mention them.

Phthalocyanine green and alizarin make a fantastic dark green or maroon .. Or black .. Depending on proportions. I hope you enjoy the pthalos.

03-09-2013, 10:27 AM
this is the latest in the book - not too many pages left now!


and detail


the packhorse bridge on the edge of the city, in watercolour, ballpoint pen, tinted charcoal and Artbars

It was built in the 15C for horses bringing coal across a flood meadow with a stream and a river running across it. Marshy ground was more dangerous that rivers for travellers. It was originally 200 metres long but only 50 metres remain. Some was demolished when the built the canal and railway across the site.

It got a bit overworked as I tried to get the texture and colours within the stone.

03-09-2013, 11:37 AM
I do like the colors and textures you got on the stone of the bridge, not sure what you are calling overworked in this piece.

03-09-2013, 01:28 PM
the stone - I think it got a bit fussy :( it is dullish colours as it's a winter scene but not quite as dull as it looks on screen and the lighter stones don't jump out quite so much. It was hard to get the pale colour to show in the light part of the water without overdarkening other parts.

03-09-2013, 02:52 PM
Marvelous sketch. I think the stones on the bridge are fabulous.

03-09-2013, 08:30 PM
Ahh...I'm still mesmerized, love stone bridges and there don't seem to be many of those in this country. When I see one I stop for a photo or a sketch.

03-10-2013, 12:07 PM
It was really bugging me .... so now it's all change! I used some artbars on it and some gouache on the stones ... and decided to have a frost/light snow cover over the green, which didn't fit in with the rest somehow for me. Now it fits in with the snow series :)


There is now a flow around from the field to the water and under the bridge for the eye to follow, which I like better.

so what do think? better or not?

03-10-2013, 02:15 PM
The second one highlights the stonework more. Great.

03-10-2013, 02:41 PM
Yes, the toned down green is better and the water is flowing. A good object lesson for me, when things don't work I usually say next time, perhaps I just need to go back in with a different medium. I envy your students having you to themselves in real time!

03-10-2013, 02:42 PM
Viv if you ever visit the USA and decide to explore the Southwest, let me know and I'll take you painting in Georgia O'Keeffe country, it would be very fun to see your response to this terrain, I think you'd love it.

03-10-2013, 07:03 PM
That would be fascinating!

03-11-2013, 05:39 AM
I really like the second sketch of the bride. It is fantastic!


03-11-2013, 10:02 PM
Thanks :)

Usually working on to resolve the problems works ..... Sometimes it ends in the bin. :evil:

Joan T
03-12-2013, 05:18 PM
I love the texture on the stones of that bridge!!!

03-13-2013, 01:18 AM
I've been using my failed paintings to start the fire in the fireplace this winter. All my old written journals too. Enormously freeing both of them!

03-13-2013, 03:47 AM

03-18-2013, 07:04 PM
So today I was playing with Derwents graphite sticks ... Much softer than those hexagonal ones I've used in the past. Really nice to use. I prefer it to the harder shinier old ones I had.


I experimented with watercolour over the graphite in the S&B alpha book and watercolour under the graphite in this one . I prefer the colour under.

It's from memories of watching rain approach across the bay, not yet quite where I stand, the far headland almost obscured by the rain. I hope you can see that!

Not many pages left now. I do love this book.

03-18-2013, 09:52 PM
Very atmospheric. Love to watch the rain come. (From a dry vantage point, of course. :lol:)

03-19-2013, 03:56 AM

Some scientist should invent a little waterproof, totally transparent bubble that moves with you, keeping you warm and dry or acting as a sun screen as necessary! Now how useful would that be for working plein air?

03-19-2013, 07:17 PM
wow, love the mood that sketch evokes. But then, I adore rainy days. Not that we have many here in the high desert where I live now!

LOL, regarding the bubble. I would want one today as I was outside weeding the property and would have loved a bubble to keep the sun off me, as it is my nose is red now from sun.

03-20-2013, 03:38 PM
:) ouch! Red noses can be sore. Hope it's cooled down. I'm fair skinned so tend to avoid the sun when it's hot.

Rain is an interesting challenge I agree. No drawing today. :(

Joan T
03-20-2013, 09:41 PM
Great sketch of the rain...you captured the dark feel you get.

Maybe we should invent that plein air bubble!

03-21-2013, 12:22 PM
Your rain sketch gets the turbulent feel, makes me chilly just looking at it.

03-22-2013, 07:28 PM
Thanks :)

The one above was graphite over watercolour.

I experimented with watercolour over graphite .... it goes muddy and needs rescuing so not one to repeat.

the graphite drawing before watercolour


and then with watercolour in thin washes and more graphite to rescue it a bit as it muddied it and spoilt it


03-22-2013, 11:47 PM
Viv- "the graphite drawing before watercolour" -That is so good, you really captured of the look of a rain storm! As Margo said- gives me a chill just looking at it.

03-23-2013, 02:42 AM
Thanks:). And then I had to spoil it!

I think I'll do a bigger version. I'd like to try it on a large sheet of the beta paper in a charcoal version and a graphite one. I think I may do it in an a2 Fabriano book I have. The graphite sticks can cover large areas quickly.

03-23-2013, 09:49 AM
Vhere, Yes I see what you mean about Beta, you have some great sketches here, I think I would really like the Beta. I love the rain & cloud on the water, all three look good. I would never have thought of graphite on watercolour, I shall try that.


03-23-2013, 01:18 PM
Vivien, I especially like the stone bridge. Wonderful colors in it.
The rainstorm is beautiful. I'd like to see it again on a warm sunny day. I have had enough rain for a little while. :)

03-23-2013, 03:21 PM
I know you think it got spoiled with the watercolor, but I like it with a touch of color.

03-24-2013, 02:19 PM
I'm hoping to get down again in the summer ... And hoping for at least some good weather as the sea there is the most incredible colours.

You can see paintings done there on my website and on the Cornwall tag on my blog if you want a mix of sunshine and turquoise seas and some stormy studies.

03-24-2013, 05:00 PM
Excellent work on the stone bridge!

Joan T
03-24-2013, 07:28 PM
I feel like I've been in the storm. Nice!!

03-25-2013, 06:44 PM
Viv, I'm glad you are going to Cornwall again, your paintings and sketches from there are always so wonderful, it's obvious looking at them how much you love it there.

03-31-2013, 06:46 AM
Thanks everyone :)

This one started with underlying bits of demos to class that I continued to doodle on with other media. So the composition isn't thought out

Almost finished the book now :)


03-31-2013, 03:10 PM
Lots of interesting textures created.

03-31-2013, 07:35 PM
Not fine art, just a play. It does show how this paper behaves beautifully with anything. There is watercolour, the new tinted XL charcoal blocks used wet and dry, oil pastels, charcoal pencil, gouache. ... and more! :)

Joan T
03-31-2013, 08:04 PM
Your playing created great textures!!!

04-01-2013, 03:20 PM

Tinted charcoal pencils, no time for playing with the XL yet.

04-01-2013, 03:36 PM
Darling sketch.

04-03-2013, 09:09 AM
Cute baby sketch!

04-05-2013, 03:29 PM
The baby sketch is really well done!

04-06-2013, 09:29 AM
Your sketchbook is so interesting and informative. I have enjoyed!!!

04-06-2013, 02:03 PM
The baby sketch is fantastic!

04-06-2013, 04:38 PM
Thank you all :)

I have to sort some work for an exhibition so have been rather tied up with not much sketching time. Once that is out the way I will finish this book off.

04-08-2013, 02:38 PM

One done to test out the new Derwent XL tinted gRaphite blocks, with the addition of a little of their tinted charcoal, some grey ink drawing with a bamboo pen an a very little red and gold watercolour an white gouache.

All of which behaved beautifully in the lovely Beta :)

Oh dear I think the urban idea for this book got lost on the way!

Only 3 more to go and it's finished.

04-08-2013, 02:45 PM
well, so what if it wasn't an urban sketch, though unless you told us we wouldn't have known. This is great fun and I'm thinking yet another inspiration for me to play with multiple art toys on the same page. Viv you are all that and more!!!!!!!!!!!

04-08-2013, 03:41 PM
Urban, rural, whatever. Great sketch. Looks like the toys all played together nicely.

04-08-2013, 05:39 PM

Thank you

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:18 PM
Beautiful sketch of the baby!!! Nice landscape too.

04-12-2013, 06:49 AM
I like the landscape sketch! Beautiful colors!


04-13-2013, 12:39 PM
Beautiful landscape. . . I love how you do your mixed media sketches. They are always so alive and vibrant.

05-08-2013, 04:27 AM
And another in this book ... I only have 2 double pageS to go and it's finished. It was supposed to be just local scenery but one rainy seascape sneaked in.

This is a country park in the neighbouring county. My daughter and family went for a walk through the bluebell woods, while I sat sketching the view from a grassy area at the top of a steep hill. The bluebells were gorgeous but aren't in this view.


It was a glorious warm day. Spring was a month late this year and felt as though it would never arrive.

Watercolour, coloured pencil, conte pencil, Derwent sienna drawing pencil, white Daler Rowney acrylic ink, touch of gouache ....... And the kitchen sink!

05-08-2013, 03:22 PM
Marvelous view.

05-09-2013, 08:14 AM