Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunday Sketch

Finally it is here
the last weekend of summer
and instead of doing something suitably summery
and I am still trying to set myself the goal 
of attacking some back and white drawings using just line
and I am finding it challenging but fun at the same time
and after the masochistic week I had with the peony painting
it is nice to think in black and white and not be concerned with layering colour 
and creating tone through colour
It is like giving my poor brain a bit of a breather

I was going to do some drawing of the bamboo
which has grown in triffid like spurts
since we planted it in the late winter
and after a rather hot and very wet summer
it appears to be growing almost as I sit at my table and look out at it
It is going to create the most wonderful green wall
and block the horrid western sun
so next summer my studio is going to be much cooler 
and I am looking forward to that quiet clacking of the stems
and I thought it would make a great black and white subject 
but when I looked at the photos I had taken 
I decided that I didn't have the brain power 
to attack such a complex subject
and so I resorted to swivelling my chair and drawing one of the cubby hole
shelves in the studio
so much more calming,
not to mention cooler...

Head over to Sunday Sketches 
and see what everyone else has been drawing


Jenn Girl said...

Love love love these!

Christine said...

Lovely black and white drawing...a nice change.

Lenora said...

so many peonies .. it is a theme here this week.. last week of summer, what a strange thought for us over here:-)

Unknown said...

Love your black and white drawings.

kat said...

Tracey this is a great sketch, super work, love all your pencils and details. Will check out Sunday sketches thanks!

Serena Lewis said...

Wonderful sketch, Tracey...nice depth too ~ :)

carol l mckenna said...

These sketches are excellent ~ know just what you mean ~ sometimes we need to 'give our brains a respite' and love the idea of bamboo 'clicking in the breeze' ~ sounds delightful ~ thanks for sharing ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy SS ^_^

carol l mckenna said...

PS ~ am a 'Linky follower" now ~ ^_^

Gwen said...

Black and white is good..a challenge and a nice place to be. You could always colour later if you just 'had ' to. Your sketching skills are awesome:)
We are just feeling that Spring is her in fact it's very summery at the moment.

Heather said...

i do love seeing your black and white work...and i agree, sometimes its just nice not to worry about choosing a color palette or color scheme for a drawing...enjoy the end of your summer!

Sabina said...

That's a funny but good point you make about color--sometimes it really is more calming to stick to basic black and white. However, as a newspaper editor, I very much appreciate the almost editorial style of these illustrations, like they'd go along someone's essay or op-ed piece. And I really like your shading.

Unknown said...

Lovely, your still lifes are always so inspiring! I really enjoy how you take such simple objects, like pencils, or clothespins and give such great ENERGY! Beautiful!
Keep on keepin' on my sistah- no matter what you're creating, your work is always magical!

Jehanne's doodles said...

This is great. Ahh I know what you mean about colour : )

Tammie Lee said...

this is a wonderful sketch
and i think something like this would be quite challenging for me...
your style is awesome, i just keep looking at it.
what you write about giving yourself a break and doing B&W reminds me of my post... and my evening meditation sketches... same thing

Molly said...

the details and shading exist in your black and white sketches as much as they do in your paintings with color. you manage to make me stop and really look at every day objects like pencils and clothes pins in a new way! :-)

EVA said...

Great sketch! So fun you keep your pencils with your teacups!

Unknown said...

Love your sketches...agree, sometimes it's great not worry about colour.. :)

Alicia C said...

awesome sketches! it's funny - in a way, a cup full of pens is LIKE a wall of bamboo - I guess you were not getting away from portraying long vertical things today!

Victoria said...

Fabulous and inspiring work as always..gorgeous..i love black and white energy..beautiful!

Jenn Bower said...

So funny! I always forget that in the Blog-verse people live in other parts of the world. I am johnsing for Spring and here you are at the end of your summer. Your b/w line art is phenomenal. So much character. Fabulous to meet you here and thanks so much for your visit to my Alice piece. Glad to know there are others out there you share my dislike of sketchbooks.

Morph Waffle said...

I love this piece, love the cups of drawing untesils, the tea cups, everything!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

awesome, you make it look so easy! thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

Anonymous said...

I'll bet one of those teacups would look pretty with a peony in it :-p

Nora MacPhail said...

Awesome sketch and I just love your blog banner painting. Wonderful.
Have a great creative week.
Happy Painting,

Terrie said...

Great sketching, which is not surprising. What is surprising is all your talk of how hot it is! As I sit here shivering in my double sweaters, it's hard to imagine being warm again :)

Alexandra MacVean said...

You have the most amazing sketching skills. Wow. I LOVEeeee the tea cups. Uh huh. :)

Unknown said...

Your work is so beautiful. I love to see all the details you put in your work every time. Excellent job as usual!

Have a great day!

Debbie said...

wow! i love this sketch!

Rita said...

I just love your sketches. Staying inside where it's cooler sounds like a good plan. ;)