Thursday was pretty hectic so I only got to spend time with my sketchbook briefly. I painted the yellow and red gouache shapes in my book while in the studio and then left it, later that evening I added a little ink work to turn it into a Christmas design and a few coloured pencils spots for interest. It was a lot of fun turning an existing shape into something else.
Self portrait - Watercolour - 10-15 mins
Back in the studio to lock up for the night, I couldn't resist dipping my brush into some watercolour I had laid out on a china plate and creating yet another, speedy self portrait while staring into my three way mirror. The eyes could have handled a little more distance but I do believe I detect another hint of a smile in this one!
Both of today's sketches were painted directly with no preliminary pencil sketch, I mostly work this way in my sketchbooks now, something I seem to have been taking for granted until today, when it suddenly dawned on me that the thought of creating anything without a guideline, pencil sketch or outline this time last year would have scared the crap out of me. Progress!