100115 First Week Back at Work

January 18, 2010 | Leave your thoughts

A new book for back to the work – continuing my palette title page tradition. This is going to be fun to come up with different ideas everytime I start a new book…going for a more minimal approach this time!
100112 Journal 25 titlepage
This is the front row of my Daniel Smith tin which I used exclusively over the holidays – don’t ask me for the names of the colours as I am not sure…..Looks like the perylene maroon is in the wrong spot. Don’t really like this purple colour – I am used to Winsor Violet which is a strong staining colour – whilst I am not a fan of staining colours this one is too weak. Also, not sure that I have the right yellow – the lemon yellow and mid yellow look too similar.
100113 This week Back to traffic
It is funny going back to work and the feeling of not being able to sketch all the time (actually as an architect I am sketching at work…but it is not quite as much fun!) so I haven’t really sketched anything for 2 days now… Apart from the car sitting in traffic. January is supposed to be the month of lighter traffic… But not this year.

This is one of my weekly pages where I jot down random things that happen during the week – I love coming back and re-reading these. Total trivia often – like seeing a girl who has a teapot and cosy at work (like me!..well, I have had the teapot for years and have been waiting to knit a spare cosy so I can bring one to work!)

I like the challenge of integrating large chunks of text with sketches in my sketchbooks so that it flows as a whole and so that I am using it for everything in my life – having quite got to the point of writing my shopping lists in it yet….
100112 Text Page
Another one of my text page which I am using this week, with extremely loose Australian wildflowers at the base – I am so lazy… I haven’t even erased my pencil lines yet!
100113 The full red spread
Another teapot…
…but this one is RED! (matches my shoes and handbag… not that that is of any consequence I am not going to be walking down the road carrying my pot!)

A creature of habit – using the raw sienna for a background – I have done this numerous times before!
There was a reason to sketch my red bag tonight.. this a a side view
100114 A new book!

Another one of my quick relaxing baroque sketches – and more Vanbrugh (English baroque)
This is such an unusual building! My watercolour is a bit heavy and murky – kind of like the building really!

BTW I am trying to do more perspective sketches rather than the soft option of elevations – which are a bit of a cop out for me.

100113 Work Doodles
These really are doodles while waiting for my computer to do things (ok… sometimes the doodles do take a little longer than the computer processing time…but not much longer)
Done on small postcard size wc paper
These will go into my "Remains of the Day" Journal – which I really need to post about here on my blog – a few pictures are here on flickr
100115 Collage Page

Not sure that I have finished with this page…

The watercolour sketch is from a rather silly "Lesson-a-day" Watercolor desktop calendar. I did it in seconds while waiting for my computer to save a file and then scribbled over the top. How someone starting watercolor could attempt to copy the orignal with this tiny outline, bad paper and shocking watercolour set that came with it I don’t know! (I used my own paints and was just doodling!)

100115 Trying Moleskine Sketchbook Paper
After seeing amazing work done in watercolour on the moleskine sketchbook yellow paper (such as Wil Freeborn and Van Occupather/Sketchbuch) I thought I would give it a try.
Wow! what weird effects…but I am surprised how bright the colours are and there is something really nice about the texture created. I can understand that people would get hooked on these effects.
This the the book I have for the "Love This Journal"courses – I did two in 2008 – they were the beginning of my online experience. SO I think I ought to bring this book into line with current trends.
This is the wee sennelier set I bought in Paris with some extra colours in the middle. I am using this during the week in an effort to lighten my work bag.

PS. I have just updated the image to include some MORE tests… ok, now I have to do a real drawing (baroque architecture or teapot/cup perhaps?- or handbag or something different!?)

100115 Achieving Integration?
This week my posts have been more journal type than sketches…but what I want to achieve is using my sketchbook for everything. So here is a page at the back of my book for lists- shopping, action, emails to write, addresses anything that I don’t feel comfortable putting int he more public part of my book.
Very loose Australian wildflowers yet again

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