Ratho Park Hotel Entrance – Watercolour
This time playing around with transparent colours to give the effect (I hope) of sunshine on a summer’s day
Introducing Daffy, the Dumpster Diver – Watercolour and Ink
This month’s Challenge – One man’s trash is another man’s ….
You will need patience to understand my twisted logic for this month’s challenge.
I used to work beside a guy who was forever recycling stuff and rescuing materials from dumpsters. We call dumpsters “skips” in the UK and people, like my colleague, are known as “skippers”. I decided on this cartoon theme, for the challenge, but couldn’t get anything to gel with “skip”. I then remembered they are called Dumpsters in north America so the “D” went well with Daffy Duck. I also came across the charming expression, “Dumpster Diver”. I had to find out how to draw him but, when I googled “How to draw…..” I came across techniques for all my childhood favourites including the best, Bugs Bunny. It was only a short step to have this crazy duck, sitting in rubbish with Bugs gesticulating.
My former colleague was a really nice guy and I won’t embarrass him by telling you Ian Brown’s name. One day my workshop technician spent ages tidying up his preparation room, sweeping into corners etc. as well as putting tons of scrap wood into the skip. The next day, all the material was piled at the rear entrance to the department. The “Skipper” had been busy. He called in later to tell us that “Someone has flung out all this wood. I though you might be interested”. He escaped, barely alive.
Iconic Machines # 3 Hawker Hurricane – Pencil on Bristol Board
I put the paints away for a change and sat with my pencils. Its the time of year when us aircraft buffs remember the “Battle of Britain” the events in 1940 when a “few” out-flew “many”. There are many myths surrounding this historic time. One is that the popular Spitfire fighter downed more enemy aircraft. Not true. This accolade belongs to the type shown. This is a mark 11C. In order to get the lines correct I had to buy and construct a small plastic kit, just like I used build in the late 1950′s. A trip down nostalgia lane. My second childhood.
At least I can grow something – Inktense on Cartridge Paper
The first of this year’s garlic harvest is tied up and hanging in the greenhouse to dry. Its the only thing I grow which I am self sufficient in, the crop of around 50 bulbs will last until this time next year. This stuff is amazing having been planted in October and survived the winter under all that snow. It was buried under three feet of the stuff when John Stremikis visited in January so this crop, John, is dedicated to you, for Auld Lang Syne – I know you like your food.
Garlic Joke : Guy buys food from his supermarket. He puts cheese, pickle and garlic on a sandwich then goes on a blind date. The girl, he meets, takes one deep breath and disappears for ever. The guy is going to sue the supermarket because the packaging said “Best before date …”
Peaceful Places # 3 – Inktense Blocks and Watercolour
This is a scene from one of our local wooded areas. I love trees and when I cannot get out amongst them the next best thing is to draw and paint them. This scene was done, at home on a very wet afternoon. I started by blocking in the shadow areas first, using the pigment from Inktense Blocks. Water colour was added later as it can be glazed over the initial washes as they are permanent. I took a series of photos, of the different stages and these can be seen by looking at this set on flickr.
Peaceful Places # 2 – Inktense and watercolour
This seat, or “bench” as they are are known here, allows a traveller to sit quietly next to the River Almond in Almondell Park. Its been a favourite spot of mine for many years. A long time ago, I was recovering from a lengthy illness and I used to come here and listen to the river meandering past while the sound of the many birds would echo in the trees. A magical place which is dear to me.