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First January Blog

First January Blog.

LATE! Yes, I am.
I do not do January and February well, and this year, I have had medical appointments to contend with. Not to mention cold days, very cold days (I do not do cold well either) and some very wet days. I do not like rainy days, not wintery rainy days at least.

I have been suffering, medically speaking, with various extra problems that put more pressure on me at a somewhat perverse time of year. Never the same two days running.
What has sparked my interest and kept me busy, were several ART Sites. Looking at many fabulous paintings by artists from all over, beginners, to professionals. The mediums range from oils, pastels, coloured pencils, inks, watercolours and so on. All types of art mediums, in fact.

The Coloured Pencil Group has awakened my interest in drawing with coloured pencils. I last used them myself about the beginning of the 21st century. Then, for various reasons, I stopped working with them. I think I was making cards from then in.

My, how things have changed in the intervening years? On the CP site there are so many really clever artists who post some brilliant works in coloured pencils. Pictures that look like photographs of dogs, horses, giraffes, cats, elephants, birds etc., not to mention all the different flowers, faces, children. I was quite astonished!

But what is more intriguing, are the different types of pencils people like, and the different paper. Pencils, niw they have chalky, gritty, oily textures. Me, Zi orefe the oily/cremy textured ones, of which I already quite a few from all those years back. But I suspect they may be losing their colour. Fading ( it is now called light-fastness). At least one of my drawings definitely faded. It was done with pale colours to start with. But when I looked it out, it seemed much pale in colour.

The way to sharpen a pencil has also changed. Long points, short chubby points! The kind of pencil sharpener. An electric one is apparently a no no! Then again, rubbers. Everyone seems to like different kinds. Same with paper. It is a veritable minefield, the amount of new knowledge needed to step into the coloured pencil art craft seems endless. Though, it has to be said,I am enjoying learning all this new information from various people kind enough to supply me with answers nd opinions.

One cannot just buy a set of pencils and some cartridge paper, as I once did. You could do rough sketches this way, but it would be unwise to attempt a proper drawing to last for some years without considering the type of pencil, paper, rubber, sharpener. Also, the kind of painting you want to achieve and how long you want it to last in the atmosphere if you are selling it or giving it away. These will be questions you have to ask yourself.
I am leaning towards Polychromos and Luminance pencils. I have a good set of pencils already but in the future, hope to expand on the above types, slowly. Choosing paper will be a harder task.

I hope this has been of some interest. I have posted one of my drawings from the late 1990s in pencil. Just a sketch.

Please be careful out there, people.


This entry was posted on January 19, 2017. 4 Comments

The Unfortunate Wives of Philip II of France

I am learning so much here, how mixed the upper eschelons of Europe and England were, back in the day. Evelyn.

History... the interesting bits!

330px-the_coronation_of_philippe_ii_auguste_in_the_presence_of_henry_ii_of_england Coronation of Philip II Augustus

Philip II Augustus had acceded to the throne of France in 1180, at the tender age of fifteen. He married his first wife, Isabella of Hainault the same year; she was only ten-years-old. Isabella was the daughter of Baldwin V, count of Hainault, and Margaret I, countess of Flanders. At just one year old she had been betrothed to Henry, the future count of Champagne and nephew of Adele, queen of France. However, Isabella’s father later reneged on his promises, and arranged Isabella’s marriage to Philip, the son and heir of Louis VII. Philip had been crowned junior king of France in 1179. Isabella and Philip were married on 28 April 1180 and Isabella was crowned queen exactly one month later, even though her father-in-law was still king. With Louis VII’s death Philip and Isabella acceded to the throne as sole king and queen in…

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A touch of inspiration

Haven’t we all done it?

The Silent Eye


I knew I should have pulled over and written it down. All the way into work, the words just flowed. It was good stuff and I was learning as I spoke the words out loud, writing the imaginary article with my voice in an attempt to fix it in my mind. So many things just clicked into place, opening my eyes to shreds of understanding that came together in a perfect tapestry of glowing colours… There was no way I was going to forget this.

But. There’s always a but… The cat was waiting behind the glass of the door…and the door wouldn’t open. The keys were still in place on the inside. I couldn’t wiggle my key in far enough… and it was raining….then the cat needed to be fed and let out… and my son shouted through for coffee…. and by the time I had finally managed a…

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This entry was posted on January 10, 2017. 1 Comment

Keep Breathing. It’ll All Be Fine.

Lovely to read this blog, first of Gail’s Blogging year. I wish her and Richard a SAFE and positive 2017.

Just Life - Jennie Orbell

So, the Ho Ho Ho’s have subsided for another year. Food, that is hard to place into any worthwhile food group, has been noshed, digested, and forgotten about. The decorations have been banished to the attic (they don’t usually survive Boxing Day but this year I was ‘more in the spirit’ and they remained until New Year’s Eve). Christmas, and 2016, is now firmly behind me.

I’ve heard so many people say that 2016 was their worst year . . . ever and, yes, I also had a few downers.

Richard took redundancy this time last year and is still cluttering up my day and my life. I fear he will never go back to work. Though, to be honest, he is now running a little internet thingy selling playing cards and it is meeting with some small success. Then, I had those awful retinal migraines start-up this time last…

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