30 March 2016
28 March 2016
23 March 2016
|Walk into Suilven, oil on canvas|
But while painting, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone. So I got the brown paint out.
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
- Raw Sienna
- Burnt Sienna (I quite like that one, actually)
- Yellow Ochre (it was in my school tie, so it's still hard to stomache)
I mixed in blues and pinks while I was working, just to alleviate things and even scraped away paint with the hard end of my brush. This is what I came up with.
I'm not finding brown quite as offensive as I once did.
21 March 2016
16 March 2016
|Winter Korean Temple Sketch, chalk pastel on board|
The bitter, bitter Korean winter was nearly over, and at last, I was able to sit outside to draw without freezing. I headed up into the hills not far from Busan, to the tranquil setting of one of South Korea's many, many Buddhist temples. Enjoying the peace, I settled myself down, with all my materials around me and nearly keeled over with fright when morning prayers began. Far from being calming, they were being broadcast deafeningly over a crackly tanoy, its speakers attached to trees all round me. The sound was bouncing off all the hills and echoing for miles. It was loud.
I worked through it, giving up on listening to my iPod. After 45 minutes, silence descended and I began to work. The monks left me to it, except when wordlessly plying me with coffee and, bizarrely, gobstoppers.
I loved Korea's temples, and would visit and draw them many times over, at many different times of the year.
14 March 2016
9 March 2016
7 March 2016
|Blossoms and Hazel, chalk pastel on board|
I painted this in South Korea after experiencing my first extremely cold Korean winter - everything I looked at was brown.
Just as thought I was never going to see colour again, spring arrived; there was still no greenery, but flowers erupted out of nowhere. Deep pink wild azaleas, cream magnolias yellow hazel wood and clouds of cherry blossoms lining roads and filling parks. Spring was on its way.
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