The Xian Warrior

Xian Warrior

I spent the evening gessoing an illustration board in order to spend half an hour making a self portrait in oil for the 30 minute Self Portrait thread in the Artists Magazine Forum. Unfortunately the surface refused to take oil and after half an hour I ended up with a mess on hand. And with that my hopes for material for today’s post.

Here’s my back-up for finishing a month of a post a day for Nablopomo. Yesterday, a link was posted to The British Museum, in one of the groups I belong to. They are making their collection available online for browsing. When I went to check, the front page had information about the exhibition of The First Emperor, China’s Terracotta Army. It had me rushing to the balcony to take some photographs of the two feet tall replica that I have at home. I didnt get to see the warriors in Xian and it is unlikely that I’ll be attending the exhibition at The British Museum but I’m happy that I have one to look at at home!



friend series

I’ve been feeling very restless lately. I think it was ten days ago when last I worked on my piece for the portrait swap. At first I was waiting for some feedback and now I dont even know what it is that I’m waiting for!

In the meantime, I pulled out this photograph of a friend of mine and had a go. Using acrylics after a break and once again having a problem with blending.  Gave up before the hour was up as the board was warping with all the water I’d added. 😀

For the first time I used watercolour brushes.  Of the two I preferred the synthetic one to the sable but I found the longer tips and shorter handles a bit difficult to use and added a bristle brush to the mix.  Still trying to paint loose without too many details.

8″ X 10″ acrylics on illustration board


Frangipani morning

There were a couple of sketches made yesterday which were two toned. A left over from working on the Kevin MacPherson exercises. This morning when I stepped out on the balcony to look for a subject, the sun was really bright and that ruled out taking any photographs of the lake. Noticed that the recently gifted, grafted Frangipani ( Champa ) plant and the pillar were making interesting shadow patterns on the tiled floor.

I had thought that a black & white version would look good but I think the original looks better after all.

Q-sketches at Susanah’s

Sunday at Susannah's

Today it was quick sketches at Susanah’s. She is a great photographer and we based our sketches on some of her work. The task was to simplify but that was forgotten somewhere along the way.

This lady breaking bricks was the last piece made this morning and by that time I was spending more than 5 minutes on each 😀 The first three were made with a marker, the next two with a pen and the last two with charcoal. All in my sketchbook.

Sunday at Susannah'sSunday at Susannah's
Sunday at Susannah's
Sunday at Susannah's
Sunday at Susannah's
Sunday at Susannah's

One more week of Nablopomo


Today I need to update the Portrait Swap post with a wip. But doing that will not help me fulfill the Nablopomo requirement of a post a day. This photograph was taken late afternoon for this post. There was a much richer, warmer sunlight on view but my camera seems to have missed it completely. There are some views of the lake that I hope to try painting sometime soon.

Once more with feeling

Portrait swap

Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today.  Still very much a limited palette.  Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake 😛 ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green.  And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.

Portrait Swap 2 Portrait Swap 2

November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.

I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse 😛 ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.

The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. 😀

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps

My husband has been watching the serial Coupling over the last few days and the theme song has been haunting me. According to him, the original is called “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”. I googled and found that the lyrics are by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés, written in 1947, in Spanish. When I was younger, I’d heard an English version “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”. I found a few online by Cake, Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Geri Halliwell but none of these versions matched. It will come back to me or better yet , I’ll check with my parents. 😀 In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the video of this version sung by Doris Day with clips from the cartoon film Anastasia.

For those who remember the song I hope it brings back good memories.

You won’t admit you love me.
And so how am I ever to know?
You only answer
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

A million times I’ve asked you,
And then I ask you over again.
You only tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

If you can’t make your mind up,
We’ll never get started.
And I don’t wanna wind up
Being parted, broken-hearted.

So if you really love me, say yes.
But if you don’t, dear, confess.
And please don’t tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

If you can’t make your mind up,
We’ll never get started.
And I don’t wanna wind up
Being parted, broken-hearted.

Update : Jan 10, 2009 : On a less serious note!



Recently I asked an old friend to provide me with a reference for the photograph used in his profile. The photograph is stunning and I wanted to have a go at it. This is my first attempt. I plan to have another go drawing or painting it soon.

Pen & Ink, 4″ X 6″ in my pocket sized sketchbook on handmade paper.

Thank you for visiting and don’t stop!

thank you

There is this neat little site called Who is among us? which gives you the code to track where your visitors are from. There have been several others like Frappr etc. but none caught my fancy until this one came along. It was installed in early September on 3 blogs.

It gives me great pleasure to see pictorially that draw the line has visitors from all over the world and I click on this little button often. I like it best when it shows me who else is online on the blog the same time as me! Well, I dont get to see who 😛 but I can see the location if I click on the star and that is good enough.

This is more of a fun thing. Sitemeter and WordPress’ built in statistics give those other details. If you know how to add html code to your blog then you should give this a whirl for some fun. For starters you could click on the little black box at the bottom of the right hand column on this page and look for your location on the map.

Thank you for visiting and dont stop!

Portrait in a hurry

Self Portrait

Today I was determined to put up something that I had made. Originally I had planned to post the paintings that I have submitted for an exhibition but realised later that I wanted that on my main blog. This one was done in a hurry to meet the midnight deadline of nablopomo. For once I’m really happy that I signed up as I might otherwise have just decided to call it a day.

It’s been a tiring day. Mostly because I had to do a bit of running around for the exhibition to meet todays deadline.  First was to write out my resume. I had a friend pitching in to polish it up. Surprisingly it wasnt as tough as I’d anticipated. I then had to take photographs of my paintings, send them out for printing, deposit all the information with the gallery and hand over the paintings to my framer. Phew!

Since I had the photographs for the post I felt I could relax for a few hours.  Started watching The Seven Samurai.  Halfway through realisation made me scuttle to my desk to draw and write these posts. Did do a cup of tea in between 😀

Made with pen & ink, from a photo reference, in my tiny pocket sized sketchbook.  I had wanted to add in colour but ran out of time.