Thursday, 8 May 2014

More Scribble Friends


 Given that I did not lose any friends, as far as I know, by drawing them badly, I am at it again.  Once again these are very quick drawings in HB pencil.  They are the kind of thing I do when I am intending a more careful charcoal drawing or a painting.  It's how I develop a familiarity with the contours of someone's face.  I am aiming for some sort of cross between having it at least vaguely resemble the person as well as to express something about how I see her.  That doesn't mean I have succeeded once I get something on paper, but the joy is in the trying.

You can see my little kitchen artsy area in these photos but here are a couple of shots I took recently. On this shelf I keep the supplies I use most often.  I have lots of messy scraps and bits and bobs in Rubbermaid Totes in the storage room. Since I don't have to put on any family meals (the cat eats on the floor) and can easily accommodate myself at the kitchen table despite all the stuff on it, I tend to leave materials on the table the majority of the time.





 The rattan stool is one I found in the Salvation Army shop and it is mostly used by Sophie.  When I am sitting at the table she likes to be on the rattan stool.  I am not thrilled with the stark white walls or pale grey blinds my home came with but have not yet done anything about them.  I have a collection of decorative plates to go on the wall above the windows.

 And now, on with the Scribble Sketches....
     
Alicia, you have such a lovely big smile which just lights up everything around you.  I am on record stating how hard I find it to draw teeth so of course your teeth look so much better than what I can get on the page.


 Jack, speaking of teeth I took you on again.  I hope it's better.

Val, you look much better than this in reality, I promise.  I could never get your lovely bone stucture right and would not even want to show you my other attempts!  ;-)


Sue this is my first attempt.  I'm counting on you not to slap me!

 Sandra, you adorable thing, you have teeth much lovelier than this!

  Beate, you are brave to let me do this to you!


Well, you are all such a lovely bunch of encouraging, supportive friends and good sports.  It will take me longer to produce coloured portraits in paint or pastel or mixed media but I will be happily working on that soon!

27 comments:

  1. I adore your "scribbles!" Your friends must love these fab sketches! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tina! It's a bit of fun and people are good sports!

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  2. I have lovely bone structure? Why thank you! I always think of it as Danish pixie, but I'm glad to hear it's lovely!

    Your scribbles are fab! I recognized Alicia right away, and I think that's your most successful one so far. And what a lovely spot you have to create in! The view, the distressed shelves, the cat to watch and listen as you talk to yourself (you do talk to yourself, don't you?). Don't knock the plain white walls - my craft cave is painted in beigey-taupe like the rest of our house. I want to paint it white, but haven't gotten around to it. I also need some big shelves like you have. And a view!

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    1. Danish pixie is lovely!
      Of course I talk to myself. And the cat and the walls and the ladybugs that make their way in. Actually much of my home is painted some sort of earthy tone, and I definitely want to cover that in my bedroom. That's the first place I will get painted. I like white I just prefer a softer warmer white. The white in the kitchen is pretty much primer white. I need some shelves like I have too! I mean I need tons more of them. LOL my books are stacked on the floor.
      xo

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  3. wow!
    you are captured my inner, curious cat who likes to sleep in the sun :-)

    this is not a kitchen - it´s an art atelier! great idea you set it up there, with a sink in reach to wash your brushes and a stove to brew some warm food to hold together your body and your artistic soul......
    what was the former/house owner thinking to put on this office blinds??? get a screwdriver and delegate them to the darkest corner of the storage room. the blinds of cause ;-)
    with this view and light it would be a shame to cover the windows. or shines the sun in?
    xxxx

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    1. LOL-who doesn't love to sleep in the sun! I am lucky to have a big kitchen with a little space off it meant as an eating area. Since the living room also has a space off it meant for a dining table and I live alone, all that eating space is not really needed. As you say, an art space that has access to the sink, the kettle and warm food is just perfect! I never close the blinds and I even have them tied up with a bit of string because they rattle in the brereze when the windows are open. There are days in winter though, when the sun is low, that it can actually be really bright. I was thinking of bamboo shades that I could lower just a little to dim the bright light when needed but still be able to look out the window.
      xo

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  4. Omg omg omg! Your artsy kitchen area is so vintagy! *_* It looks like something I would see in a movie O_O And that window view is gorgeous! Am I going blind or do I see a sea there? With a view like that I wouldn't want to go outside, like EVER :D

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    1. LOL- oh Keit, a movie? I'm flattered. You did indeed see the sea. It looks further away in photos than it actually is too. It is worth going outside because outside is just as lovely, but I have to admit I was very lucky to find this place and I do enjoy looking out my windows. It's a good home for someone who is often housebound.
      xo

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  5. More art! Loving these.
    How gorgeous is your work space? I love your distressed shelves and would happily steal them for my house. That tulip painting is utterly beautiful, that's one of yours, isn't it? I might pinch that at the same time. xxxx

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    1. I giggle to myself and imagine most of you are actually saying "oh bloody hell, more of that awful art we have to say something about." Good eyes, Vix, yes that is one of my paintings. I would actually like to frame that one because it makes me happy but for years now I've just had it pinned to the wall. You could probably manage to steal that one but I think I"d catch you sneaking out the door with my shelves. ;-)
      xo

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  6. I wouldn't manage to get any art done at all with that wonderful view there to distract me ... more fabulous sketches ... keep them coming.
    xx

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    1. What I find is that I have no interest in painting the view. Some people think that is odd but it's right there for me every day and nicely framed.
      xo

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  7. Keep on scribbling, they are fabulous!!!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I will be getting messier soon with paints and pastels. Even more fun!

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  8. Oooh thank you! I got me some cheekbones! I'm absolutely chuffed with them (2!!!! so, so cool!)
    Shawna, your scribbles are great - I have really enjoyed them all, your creative space is lovely and with those huge windows for light, it all looks so inviting. I love that Sophie keeps you company too, Whiskers tries, but always falls asleep on the kids dressing gowns (is it bad I don't tell them!) x x x

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    1. LOL-no no don't tell the kids, let the cats have their dressing gown secrets. My cat is somewhat like a little dog. She follows me around everywhere. I'm not sure if it is her natural personality or because she was raised with a dog.
      xo

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  9. I love your light! And the view. And my third scribble sketch! So amazing to think someone on the other side of the world has just spent 5 minutes(and more!) looking at and thinking about my face. I feel very privileged. Thank you.

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    1. I am incredibly lucky to have found this place last year. There are so many windows and the light is indeed wonderful. Even on the greyest of days it's pretty good.
      I think you have a wonderful face. It's full of warmth and happiness. It shows a joy for living.

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  10. lol! Those are cute! I really love the glimpse of your home! Lovely book/art shelf!

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    1. Thanks Sara. I do actually really love my book/art shelf. It's the only shelf I own and my books are generally stacked all over the floor. LOL.
      xo

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  11. I don't think your room looks messy, I think it looks like an artist lives there, and I love that!

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    1. I suppose it's a tidy sort of mess. LOL I am all about living in tidy clutter.
      xo

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  12. I love the scribbles, I do think you manage to capture something of each person, Shawna. And your home is warm, inviting, artistic, and looks like a great place for a chat over coffee. Or wine. I'll be round later, OK? xxx

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  13. Yes, do pop over. Red or white? The cat probably won't like it if you sit on her rattan stool but we can find a nice spot in the sitting room. Her majesty will allow that.
    xo

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  14. I think you get better and better at this!! My favorites are Alicia and 2nd of Sandra this time. But again, all of them are so much fun! Keep doing it, you are gifted! :)

    I adore your home, as always. This corner is a real art studio. Just lovely. Very warm, inviting, and personal. Just like you. :)

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    1. Thanks Natalia. When I do a more serious portrait of someone (by more serious I generally mean more detailed and taking more time) I find that I have one or two false starts and it is usually my third drawing that is the best likeness.

      You say such lovely things! My writing studio is my bed. LOL so I don't think I'll be sharing that one on the blog but you never know!
      xo

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  15. Your scribbles are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love your book case with your supplies on it. I took over our dining room as my scrapbook room as we didn't use it as a dining room (in summer we at on the enclosed patio and in winter we eat in the kitchen) and with it being right next to the lounge I can spend time with my boys while scrapbooking. We have to make our homes work for us!

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