Sunday, November 02, 2008
A Visit From Joannie
My good friend Joan came to visit for a couple of days last week so we could take our works into The Old Palace in Ely together, ready for the upcoming exhibition there on the 12th.
I've been playing with a new technique in my journal, it's a cross between blind contour and taking a single line for a walk. Rather than sketching I use a single, solid, ink line to outline my subject. This technique shows every error and pushes one into making assertive, confident choices. Even with the errors, I like the results it gives and really enjoy working this way...It's kind of freeing. Even though my rendition of Joan is a little cartoony I believe it captures a likeness of her and her personality.
The sketches are quick and decisive so the whole spread is over in just a few moments allowing me time to experiment with some other design techniques such as the potato stamp I made while preparing dinner and used to decorate the portrait of Joannie above.
After dropping our works into The Old Palace, Joan and I visited Peacocks (The best tea room in the country...seriously, they won the award) What a beautifully quaint place, full of tea pots, dressers and un-matching china. Arched windows and old wooden church chairs helped to add character along with the homemade cakes and cake stands on which they were presented.