Inside the tip shop

A highlight of any week is a visit to the local tip shop, where all manner of stuff gets re-cycled. I’d planned to sit inside the big shed and draw, but got diverted finding pre-loved items for our garden.

Inside 'Tiny's' Green Shed, Hume, ACT . 14 January 2014.

Inside ‘Tiny’s’ Green Shed, Hume, 14 January 2014.

Icame home with several items including this weird looking contraption which is actually the top of two bird cages that have been wired together to form a protector that can be placed over plants to save them from the ravages of the local fauna. In our case this is saving our beetroot from being anihilated by our local brushtail possum.

Plant protector made from the tops of two birdcages, 18 January 2014.

Plant protector made from the tops of two birdcages, 18 January 2014.

From a drawing perspective I was attracted to the colour contrast between the duck-egg blue wire on top and the black metal on the rest of the cage. The repetitive lines of wire also get the big tick from me.

Colourtest

Since I’ve started to use my coloured pencils again I’ve tried to give a bit more thought as to what brand I prefer to use and the particular colours that I need for a small travelling kit. My current very random selection of pencils has been gathered over the years from various sources and often only on the basis of ‘oh that’s a pretty colour’.

Of all the pencils I currently use I’ve decided that I prefer the Prismacolor for their waxy lushness. I already have a variety of regular and metallic colours and decided to add a box of 24 colours from the local art store. Here is the current colour selection on some of the coloured pastel paper I’m trying to use up.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils test sheet.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils test sheet.

To test some of the new colours I drew the teapot and the cushion. I was pretty satisfied with the selection, but I have decided that one or two grey pencils would round the colour range out.

Teapot in the garden, coloured pencil on pastel paper, 12 January 2014.

Teapot in the garden, coloured pencil on pastel paper, 12 January 2014.

At the Italian Bakery

Sipping from a cup of coffee, 7 January 2014.

Sipping from a cup of coffee, 7 January 2014.

I used the drawing function in my ‘phablet’ to make some sketches while we were having coffee the other day. I also decided to use some of the patterned background options for the drawings.

Chatting, 7 January 2014.

Chatting, 7 January 2014.

I was able to sit in a less conspicuous spot so was better able to capture spontaneous action, or what passes for ‘action’ in a coffee shop.

For my last drawing I chose to work on the drinks cabinet with its attractive arrangement of colours and shapes. I’m still using the S-pen, but on a different setting.

Drinks cabinet in the cafe, 7 January 2014.

Drinks cabinet in the cafe, 7 January 2014.

In Situ

It was a silly accident, but having kicked my little toe quite badly the medical advice was to sit with my foot up and not move around too much. I had some books to look at, including one of paintings and sketches of the architect Louis I Kahn. Nothing like looking at someone else’s work to get the creative juices flowing. So armed with some coloured pencils and a partially used pad of coloured pastel paper I sat and drew what I could see out the window.

'Icicle' lights in the daytime, pencil on pastel paper, 4 January 2014.

‘Icicle’ lights in the daytime, coloured pencil on pastel paper, 4 January 2014.

OK, quite a bit to improve on there, but I haven’t done this for a while.

Open window, coloured pencil on pastel paper, 4 January 2014.

Open window, coloured pencil on pastel paper, 4 January 2014.

I was more pleased with this second drawing, but some drafting errors were annoying, all the more reason to keep practising!