Wintery day

Blustery and overcast winters day in Perth….quick sketch of the Cottesloe Pylon with the waves rolling in…

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TWSBI Fude sketch

More playing around with the Fude nib… beginning to get the hang of it…have to hold the pen at different angles to lay down the variety of line widths, larger arm movement than small hand movements….a unique way of drawing but in a good way…..A view out across the roof tops looking towards Kings Park, Perth.

TWSBI with Fude nib….

Playing around with a new nib….a “fude” (deliberately bent) nib for my TWSBI Eco fountain pen – now I can get line variation with the huge ink capacity of the TWSBI design (this pen doesn’t take ink cartridges – the ink is contained in the body of the pen – insert the nib into a bottle of ink and twist the other end to operate the plunger to suck in the ink).

Direct watercolour (no ink)….

Having a go at Marc Holme’s #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge (and it is a challenge) – the idea is to paint something (anything) in watercolour only – no ink or pencil lines and post the painting each day for the month of June. Here’s a few efforts painted down at my favourite place – the local beach. The thing that’s tricky with painting directly with paint is that there’s no drawing “scaffolding” to guide where to place the paint – you have to have a pretty good idea of the finished painting in your head. It’s harder to fix up mistakes in watercolour than other paint mediums so planning ahead is a really important part of the process (which is a good thing to learn and practise).

City Beach Sketches

A couple of sketches from City Beach (Perth) today and yesterday. It’s been a bit of a strange seasonal change here…. summer has been relatively cool over the last few months but we’ve had a hot and dry start to autumn….the ocean was like glass at midday but the “Fremantle Doctor” arrived at exactly 3pm … I could see the sea breeze slowly approaching….little ripples out a sea, getting closer until suddenly the wind changed direction from East to West.