Joyous

Violets — ink, watercolour and digital, 2015
Violets — ink, watercolour and digital, 2015

“The most joyous painting is not done for the art world, it is done for the inner world.” Michael Leunig

The quote is from Holy Fool, a wonderful book crammed full of Michael Leunig’s art ― not his cartoons but his playful, colourful, joyful paintings and drawings. Highly recommended.

Violets in the kitchen, original photograph, 2015
Violets in the kitchen, original photograph, 2015

Shoot it, Sketch it: Encore

Snowflakes, July 2014 — ink, watercolour and gouache study, 130 x 180 mm
Snowflakes, July 2014 — ink, watercolour and gouache study, 130 x 180 mm
Snowflakes (detail)
Snowflakes (detail)

The snowflakes are back. This is my second study of a photograph I took in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens last spring. It’s looser and more dramatic than the original sketch (below). I really went to town adding watercolour pencil over the top of an ink and watercolour sketch. Using the pencils wet (by dipping them in water) and then drawing on the wet sketch not only produced some wonderfully intense colours, it also added a rather nice texture. It’s a technique that definitely warrants further investigation… My thanks again to everyone who voted in the poll and asked me to draw this one again.

Original photograph and sketch #1
Original photograph and sketch #1