Monday, October 01, 2007

Weekend Noodler's

Princess Elizabeth 1928, aged 2.

Saturday night found me lounging on the sofa, flicking through an old magazine my good friend Joan had saved for me. I came across a Royal page with some old photographs and Princess Elizabeth just stood out a mile, such a sweet, pretty little girl. Luckily my sketchbook was close by, so I began to work. Unfortunately, everyone had long since gone to bed and the only light left on was the dining room. I am ashamed to admit being too lazy to move and switch on a lounge light, so I worked with the small donation from the light next door...Thank God for open planning!
It turned out to be an interesting exercise, working with value and form rather than detail but it plays havoc with your eyes, especially when your glasses are also in the room next door...a newly prescribed accessory that I keep forgetting to wear!

Antique chair, my lounge.

I made the chair sketch earlier in the evening when the light was still workable. Believe or not, this antique beauty was also used as a commode at some point, although I am happy to say there is no visible signs of such usage. The chair base used to be wooden and flipped up on hinges so I removed the wood, used it as a template, made a new piece slightly smaller and covered it in foam and cream damask. Although it is quite safe and reasonably comfortable to sit on should the need occur, it mostly serves to display my beautiful Laura Ashley cushions, creating a cosy corner to the room.

Sunday morning found me on my doorstep creating sketches to upload into my Location Sketchbook.

Studio Life - ACEO's - 2.5 x 3.5 inches
I then moved into the studio and began a possible ACEO series entitled 'Studio Life'. The idea being that the title be enhanced by the addition of coloured pencil just to the plants in both sketches...hence, studio 'life'.
All of this weekend's sketches were created using a Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Noodler's red/black ink.


Anonymous said...

These are truly amazing sketches! Thanks for sharing them.

Andrew Thornton said...

Just checked out your other blog! Great drawings. You've really got a way with rendering and capturing a certain quality of stillness. Nicely done!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

LOVE the studio drawings. Gorgeous ink.

Anita Davies said...

Thank YOU for looking Vicky! :)

Anita Davies said...

Thankyou so much Andrew!

Anita Davies said...

Thanx Andrea, isn't it a wonderful colour though.

suzanne cabrera said...

I really love this pen work and its so nice to see your transition to paint. The Queen really was a sweet little girl.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to get me some of that Noodlers produce such beautiful results with it. Of course, it might well be that that's more to do with the skill of artist than the materials!

phthaloblu said...

OOooo, these are so nice! That one of the little princess is really cool. I really like that one. YOur studio ACEOs are beautiful. Such lovely line work.