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01-20-2014, 01:29 PM

An experiment playing with ideas from an old sketchbook.

Watercolour, oil pastel (iridescent pale blue, copper and gold) and a very little gouache. On A3 khadi rag watercolour paper, which is quite absorbent.

I wanted to play with the idea of still life, but not conventionally. This is playing with pattern and colour, overlapping shapes, flow and with no concern for 3 dimensionality.

C&c welcome. It's working through ideas for a possible series.

01-20-2014, 02:03 PM
Great still life with a twist. Like the colors in this.

Joan T
01-21-2014, 09:06 AM
A fun way to do a still life. I like those touches of gold and iridescent paint.

01-22-2014, 05:52 AM
Thank you :)

And another experiment. This time with slightly coloured grey watercolour washes, with grey and white acrylic ink, charcoal, white pencil and oil pastel. On A3khadi watercolour paper.


01-22-2014, 02:05 PM
Very dramatic.

01-22-2014, 04:18 PM
great idea, like the freedom and colour...

01-27-2014, 02:18 AM
The colors in the first one is delicious, and I like the composition and contrast in the second!

01-29-2014, 09:30 AM
thank you :)

and working on elements of the next one in a moleskine sketchbook (A4)


a really fast sketch with my grandson's Crayola and a Tombow pen, this is probably going to feature in the next one

and so will this


a slower, more medidative thinking through with cps, working out how I'll combine the elements in this one, there are still other elements to look at yet

01-29-2014, 11:46 AM
Vivien, these are so beautiful. I don't usually like this sort of thing, being fonder of three dimensions and depth. But something about how you've done it makes them sing, both of the first two just totally rock. The first one in color dances around on the page delightfully. The second is cool too.

The round curled up cat is wonderful of course. Essence of cat nap. Beautiful sketch. Natural favorite of mine. Cool leaves too.

I don't think I'd dare try for anything like this, I'm still at the point of doing things more or less as they are.

01-29-2014, 03:17 PM
Very cool experiments. Great to see you working things out.

01-29-2014, 05:40 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments :)

It's a carved wooden cat that reminds me of a black and white cat I had, very clever, he could open doors.

Joan T
01-30-2014, 09:03 PM
Lovely pieces, Vivien!!! Each is so different but gorgeous.

01-31-2014, 01:36 PM
Love your experiments :thumbsup:
experimenting is one of painting's great pleasures, isn't it?

02-01-2014, 04:46 AM
Love your experiments :thumbsup:
experimenting is one of painting's great pleasures, isn't it?

I couldn't agree more :) it is

02-04-2014, 07:07 AM
And more experimenting and thinking around how I might combine things


Not sure why the image decided to rotate ?

The Russian doll scribbles are ideas from the project late last year, not part of this.

02-04-2014, 03:02 PM
Great peek into your sketchbook and your process.

02-11-2014, 12:00 PM
Vivien, these are wonderful. Looking forward to more.

02-11-2014, 01:56 PM
I like these Vivien, your new ideas are always inspiring. I like how you worked the same still life in both color and black & white. That seems like a good way to study or correct a composition.

Joan T
02-11-2014, 07:27 PM
I'll have to lay down to look at this image. lol I remember when you were doing the Russian dolls. Did you get all of them completed?

02-12-2014, 09:13 AM

yes I did and so did my students. They came up with some fantastic ideas like costumes of the 5 continents, the old woman who swallowed a fly, superheroes, legal characters (judge, policeman, criminal etc) and lots more. It was a really successful project that they enjoyed and my grand daughter loved hers :)

My internet has been down for days so I'm catching up on everything

This one is a work in progress, still based on the stuff on the shelf above the tv. The cat is a carved wooden one.


Lyra coloured pencils (I won a huge set of them a few years ago) in an A4 moleskine. I'm trying to use up the moleskines as the paper only really likes pencil and ink and is rather limiting. I like some of its qualities but probably won't buy any more. The S&B take anything at all I want to use.

02-12-2014, 02:47 PM
Great CP work.

02-17-2014, 05:34 AM
Thanks :).

And this is where it is at now. A little more glowing in reality, the grey rainy light today has cooled the image down


02-17-2014, 01:59 PM

02-18-2014, 02:05 AM
I can only agree, beautiful!

02-18-2014, 05:37 AM
I really like the boldness of these, especially the first one, and the way the closeness of the image draws you in. Great experiments.


02-18-2014, 02:22 PM
Thank you :)

An update, I think that's it now.


Again an iPad photo in rather dull grey light, so it has a bit more glow than this

I knocked the hearts and scrolls pattern back into shadow, added a border and did bits elsewhere too.

02-18-2014, 03:26 PM
Looking good. Like the purple you added.

Joan T
02-18-2014, 08:55 PM
Looks great!

03-16-2014, 08:55 PM
Viv, your experiments always send me. The black and white image is a particular favorite.

03-17-2014, 08:13 AM
Interesting experiments - I love what you have come up with so far.

03-17-2014, 12:44 PM
Thanks :)

Been working on a couple of commissions that I can't show yet, so I've been a bit quiet.

03-20-2014, 05:54 AM
Enjoying seeing how your drawings develop.


03-20-2014, 02:09 PM

I got the a4 S&B zeta out today for this feather in watercolour, coloured pencil, tinted graphit pencil and a bit of ballpoint pen .....whatever works!

03-20-2014, 04:12 PM
Great feather. Definitely, whatever works.

Joan T
03-23-2014, 08:45 PM
That feather is fabulous!!!

03-24-2014, 09:15 AM
Wow! That feather is amazing!

03-30-2014, 09:05 AM
thank you :)

I was sketching grandchildren at the weekend - with varying degrees of success!

The elder 2 didn't keep still for a second and the youngest disappeared before he had arms in his sketch! S0 difficult sketching little livewires.


they were done in a little faux-suede covered Derwent sketchbook that I sometimes slip in my bag as it's little. A bit bigger than postcard size.

Not great drawings but happy memories anyway! Middle one was drawing, eldest was playing games on an ipad and littlest was playing on a iphone and occasionally drawing.

03-30-2014, 02:28 PM
Wonderful sketches of the grandkids.

03-30-2014, 06:18 PM
Thanks Debby :)

And another feather


A demo for a class

At our family get together Granddaughter, who loves to draw, told her mum 'Nan always has a pad of paper' ... I said funnily enough ..... And out came paper and pencils - So we both sat drawing :cat:

03-30-2014, 06:56 PM
Cute sketches of the grandkids. It is tough getting them to stay still enough to sketch. LOL!

Joan T
04-01-2014, 08:45 PM
Love the sketches of your grandkids!!! Super feather too.