mixed media: graphite, crayon, coloured pencil and acrylic on white paper. 17.8 x 12.9 cm
Ben Varney at Bonelab gave me a link to this great site called the theartstack.com
You can see a few more of my drawings here:
Also if you want to see beautifully economical use of watercolour and drawing visit Ben’s blog at Bonelab. I’ve seen his work for real when Ben visited a few weeks back and it is even more captivating than the photos here. Best, Nicholas.
Mixed media: graphite, colour pencil, soluble crayon and acrylic on white paper
I have been tied up with design work for a while now and only just posting an update to my on-going drawing project for this year. Hope to catch up with you all shortly!
I’m going away for a couple of weeks and will miss the wonderful blogs and inspirational posts I get from all of you. I’ll try and catch up when I get back. In the meantime I’m posting a couple of recent landscape drawings. Best, Nicholas.
Soluble crayon on white paper, 18.3cm x 15.1cm, May 2013
The English countryside has a gentle stillness, a quiet undisturbed solitude, whatever the weather.
Soluble NeocolorII crayons on white paper. April 2013.
This is one of a couple of drawings I made recently using some colours new to my NeocolorII range of soluble crayons. I wanted to work some subtle colour variations into different areas and I deliberately didn’t introduce any coloured pencil or graphite into it, so it does look a bit different to some of my recent drawings.
Mixed media: crayon, graphite and acrylic paint on white paper. 2013.
I’m away for a few days in the Peak District so this will be my last post till later next week. Thank you all for following my blog, liking my work and most of all for sharing your own work and talents with me. What you post is always interesting and very often inspiring. I learn so much from you all. See you soon. Nicholas.
Mixed media, crayon, graphite and acrylic paint on white paper, 2013.
This is the second of several drawings that I made after a visit to the Visitor Centre situated on the escarpment of the Dunstable Downs, an area in the Eastern part of the Chiltern Hills. The weather was cold and very windy and continually blew in rainstorms right across the panorama.
From my archives, Garden with Trees VI 2012. I thought it would be a change to post something brighter than my recent work, but I haven’t done anything bright since last year! So I’ve chosen this. The trees here have still not leafed in any significant way. feels like we are 6 weeks behind the normal season.
Mixed media: coloured pencil, crayon and acrylic paint on white paper. 26cm x 14.5cm. 2012.
Mixed media: crayon, coloured pencil, graphite and pastel on white paper, April 2013.
A sketch of a solitary copse of trees in a field in the Chiltern Hills made in early April, while the weather was still dull and wintry. I will post some more small sketches in the next week. A big thank you to all who follow me and thanks to all who give me insights into their own work and such pleasure and inspiration through what they share in return. Nicholas.
Mixed media: graphite, coloured pencil, acrylic and crayon on white paper, April 2013
The beautiful Chiltern Hills are a 47 mile run of chalk escarpments that stretch across several of the so-called ‘Home Counties’ North of London.
Mixed media: graphite, coloured pencil, crayon and pastel on white laid paper, April 2013.
Landscape sketch from the other day, that I finally got round to documenting. I am using a very limited palette of colours, earthy, organic, muted and very appropriate for this extended Winter that doesn’t seem to want to give Spring a chance.
Mixed media: graphite, coloured pencil, crayon and pastel on white paper, April 2013
In the light conditions yesterday, the colour of the ploughed earth in the Chiltern Hills seemed an unusually flat and dull light grey as the chalk content didn’t reflect back much light. It reminded me of an overcast day in Tuscany a few years ago when the soil had taken on a similar strange colour, almost an infertile grey as if nothing would grow in it.
Mixed media: graphite, coloured pencil, crayon, pastel, acrylic paint on white paper, March 2013
It was still wintry in the Chiltern Hills over the Easter holidays and the distant landscape of gentle hills and woods looked drab on first view, but there was colour everywhere, especially as the grey cloud lifted and one’s eyes started to pick out the intense subtleties all around, especially the colouring that new buds give to the twiggy outlines of the still leafless trees. I used a tight earthy palette of colours for this drawing.